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Is gambling a good bet for Florida?

By Maria Sachs     February 11, 2014   Read the Full Article in Today’s Sun Sentinel

When gambling saloons were a fixture in the Wild West, just about anyone with enough money could set up shop and start gambling. There wasn’t much regulation or oversight, and disputes were often settled by Smith & Wesson.

While we aren’t living in the Wild West, gaming in Florida has reached the point where better oversight and regulation is appropriate and necessary.

Pari-mutuel wagering has been legal in Florida since 1931, and today, there are 16 greyhound tracks, eight horse tracks, and six Jai Alai frontons in the state. Add the seven slot-machine pari-mutuels, the lottery, sweepstakes, Internet cafes and gambling junkets to nowhere, and you have a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to expand.

And that’s not counting the casinos owned and operated by Native-Americans, or the possibility of “destination casinos” that may soon come to Florida.

Our current regulations were not written to oversee such a complex industry.

 

Read the Full Article in Today’s Sun Sentinel

By |February 11th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Parasailing Press Conference Parasailing Press Conference

    Parasailing Press Conference

Parasailing Press Conference

PRESS ADVISORY     February 10, 2014

CONTACT:   MATTHEW DAMSKY   (850) 487-5034

TALLAHASSEE – Seventeen-year old Alexis Fairchild was on vacation in Panama City last year when she lifted into the air strapped to a parasail. Moments later, caught in the fierce winds of an approaching storm, she and her teenage friend dangled helplessly after their tow line snapped, hurtling them into a 13-story building and power lines before both teens crashed to the ground.

Ms. Fairchild, who suffered a traumatic brain injury from the accident, will join state Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray)on Thursday to talk about her horrifying experience, and the largely unregulated parasailing industry in the state.

Joining them will be Shannon Kraus and Crystal White. Ms. Kraus is the mother of Amber White, a 15-year old Florida teenager killed in a similar parasailing tragedy in 2007. Crystal is Amber’s older sister, who was parasailing with Amber when their tow line also snapped as a storm approached, and suffered permanent brain damage as a result.

All of the women are supporting legislation sponsored once again by Senator Sachs for the upcoming session which would improve safety standards and impose certain weather restrictions for parasailing operators.

The press conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. on the Plaza Level  of the Capitol.

By |February 10th, 2014|Latest News|1 Comment
  • Town Hall – Recent Flooding Town Hall – Recent Flooding

    Town Hall – Recent Flooding

Town Hall – Recent Flooding

State Senator Maria Sachs invites you to a Town Hall Meeting

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By |February 7th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Engaging With Students At Palm Beach State College Engaging With Students At Palm Beach State College

    Engaging With Students At Palm Beach State College

Engaging With Students At Palm Beach State College

The students from Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton campus, were joined by instructors in a presentation given by Senator Sachs on government.  “It’s important that students stay engaged with the workings of their State government as they finish their academic pursuits here in the district.”

The presentation led to a lively discussion on voting rights and the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.

By |February 1st, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Groundbreaking of Sinai Residences at the Jewish Federation Groundbreaking of Sinai Residences at the Jewish Federation

    Groundbreaking of Sinai Residences at the Jewish Federation

Groundbreaking of Sinai Residences at the Jewish Federation

Senator Sachs attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Sinai Residences at the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

The ceremony was a joyous occasion as the many partners who worked to make this project a reality celebrated the construction of the new retirement community on the Federation campus in Boca Raton.

By |January 31st, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium At Broward College Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium At Broward College

    Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium At Broward College

Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium At Broward College

As a member of the Governor’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking, Senator Sachs is passionate about this issue.  “It was an honor to participate in this symposium at Broward College.  Broward College is to be commended for its social activism in fighting one of the largest criminal industries in the world.”

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Creating awareness is the first step, but the Legislature must go further and give law enforcement the tools it needs to halt this inhumane criminal industry.

By |January 30th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Lakeview Civic Association Lakeview Civic Association

    Lakeview Civic Association

Lakeview Civic Association

Senator Sachs addressed members of the Lakeview Civic Association.

The Senator was invited to speak to the association members in order to inform them of her legislative priorities and explain the current issues affecting the local area.  Some of the issues the Senator touched upon were education, public safety, gaming laws, veteran programs and the recent flooding in Palm Beach County. Senator Sachs promised the members that she would come back again soon.

By |January 30th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Parasailing Bill Ready For Vote In Regulated Industries Commitee Parasailing Bill Ready For Vote In Regulated Industries Commitee

    Parasailing Bill Ready For Vote In Regulated Industries Commitee

Parasailing Bill Ready For Vote In Regulated Industries Commitee

Parasailing is one of the most exciting water sports participated in by natives and tourists in Florida.  Many people are shocked to learn about the lack of safety regulations and insurance requirements.  Senator Sachs is sponsoring a bill that requires commercial parasailing companies to carry insurance, to have an employee on the boat to monitor customers in the air, and to ensure that drivers stop services when weather conditions are unfavorable.  The bill will makes its first committee stop in the next Regulated Industries committee meeting on February 5 starting at 2 pm.

The meeting can be watched live here.

Senator Sachs was interviewed by Florida Public Radio for story regarding the parasailing bill which can be read here.

The story focuses on one of the teenage girls from Indiana who was involved in a horrific parasailing accident this past summer in Florida. The story gives details regarding the accident and her injuries and explains her reasons for coming to Tallahassee to testify at the committee meeting.

By |January 27th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • In-State Tuition For All Veterans In-State Tuition For All Veterans

    In-State Tuition For All Veterans

In-State Tuition For All Veterans

Senate Bill 84 co-sponsored by Senator Sachs was voted for unanimously in the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which the Senator sits on.  This was its third committee stop.  The Senator is a member of the two prior committees the bill passed through as well.  In those committees, Military Affairs and Education policy, the bill also received unanimous support.  The bill is now headed to the general Appropriations Committee before it gets a full vote on the Senate floor.

The measure would give honorably discharged military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and the reserves in-state tuition at all state colleges and universities. This bill represents the continuing commitment by Florida to our military veterans. It also embodies a promise Senator Sachs made when she first ran for public office- that she would focus on promoting and supporting our Florida Veterans. To this end Sen. Sachs has filed a bill on behalf of veterans in the State House and  Senate every  year while in office.

By |January 23rd, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments