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March 3, 2014

Legislative session begins Tuesday

Dean and Porter weigh in

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The 2014 Florida Regular Legislative Session will convene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in Tallahassee and will adjourn on Friday, May 2.

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) recently announced their Work Plan 2014.

On both the Florida Senate and House websites, it states “there are hundreds of issues that arise during a legislative session,” which include bringing to the table for discussion the issues that constituents have addressed during delegation meetings in each senator’s district. 

Both the Senate and the House will be focusing on five basic issues; economic opportunity through education, the Florida GI bill, protecting Florida’s seniors and children, reducing taxes, and improving government accountability and efficiency.

“Work Plan 2014 represents the second year of an aggressive, inclusive reform agenda,” said Speaker Weatherford. “I look forward to working with President Gaetz during the upcoming Session on these issues, which are important to the future of our state.”

Sen. Gaetz stated, “The 2014 Work Plan centers on steps we can take to keep Florida on the road to economic recovery. By reducing taxes and fees by $500 million, government is taking less money from the hardworking Floridians who earn it, leaving more money for the day-to-day needs of Florida’s families.” 

Suwannee County’s Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) and Representative Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City) both weighed in and touched on some of the most important issues that will be discussed in this year’s Session.

Senator Charles Dean

Sen. Dean’s legislative aide Chase Daniels offered an overview of legislation that Dean is sponsoring this year.

Comprehensive Springs Legislation: Though it does not yet have a number, this legislation seeks to address the many issues facing Florida’s springs by providing a dedicated funding source as well as comprehensive deadlines to meet state standards.

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