• 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
  • We Want Your Input We Want Your Input

    We Want Your Input

We Want Your Input

Senator Sachs is always eager to hear from her constituents.  If you have an opinion on an issue or an idea for possible legislation, please contact the office.

Contact Information

Palm Beach Office

Delray Beach City Hall
100 NW 1st Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 279-1427
Broward Office

Government Center
115 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(561) 279-1427
Tallahassee Office

216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5034

By |January 22nd, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Palm Beach County School Principals Palm Beach County School Principals

    Palm Beach County School Principals

Palm Beach County School Principals

While in Tallahassee for committee meetings, Senator Sachs had the pleasure of being visited by principals and administrators from the Palm Beach County School District. The Senator and educators discussed improvements to current education policy and ways to empower both teachers and their students.

Those in attendance included:

  • George L. Lockhart, Principal of Lake Worth Community High School
  • Kathryn M. Koener, Principal of Independence Middle School
  • Fred Barch, Principal of Pine Jog Elementary School
  • Kimberly A. Evans, Assistant Principal of Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School
  • Diana Fedderman, Director of Secondary Curriculum for Palm Beach County School District
  • James Kunard, Director of Facilities Services for Palm Beach County School District
By |January 21st, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Sen Sachs Helps Shape Policy With Criminal Justice Working Group Sen Sachs Helps Shape Policy With Criminal Justice Working Group

    Sen Sachs Helps Shape Policy With Criminal Justice Working Group

Sen Sachs Helps Shape Policy With Criminal Justice Working Group

Caption: Sen Sachs addressing the Criminal Justice working group and Senate Republican Leadership

Senator Sachs was asked by the Senate Democratic Caucus to be part of a Criminal Justice working group.  The Senator’s background as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in the State of Florida gives her a unique perspective among legislators.  The Criminal Justice working group is tasked with discussing issues and formulating policy heading into the legislative session.

Some of issues considered included:

  • Response to Department of Correction’s proposal to begin reopening prisons and work camps because of the anticipated increase in the number of individuals being sentenced to prison
  • Caucus idea to  decriminalize nonviolent criminal offenses
  • Smart Justice initiatives
By |January 17th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Flooding in Palm Beach County Flooding in Palm Beach County

    Flooding in Palm Beach County

Flooding in Palm Beach County

Homes were damaged, schools were closed, cars were stranded, I-95 was shut down, and hospital patients were displaced by the flooding across Palm Beach County.  Most tragically, the flooding claimed the lives of two people.  As much as 22 inches of rainfall were reported in some areas.  While this amount of rain is out of the ordinary, we must do more to be prepared.

Immediately following the flooding, Senator Sachs headed to the area to speak with those affected.  The Senator will be working with the South Florida Water Management District, the Lake Worth Drainage District, and community associations to assess what went wrong and what preventative measures can be taken in the future.

Click to read and watch the WPTV story covering the flooding.

By |January 17th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Looking Ahead Looking Ahead

    Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

As I return to Tallahassee this week, I am reminded of how much work there is to be done and how many goals we still need to accomplish. Being a member of the two leading Education Committees, part of my agenda for the New Year is to fight even harder to ensure that every child in Florida has access to a world-class education. We all know how important education is. We know that Florida’s children should be leading in reading and math, and that each child should graduate ready to work in a global marketplace. That’s why education is the leading issue I am focusing on.

Are you ready to join me in the fight for Florida’s children? I cannot do it alone.

Take a moment now and stand with me for education.

Your support makes a big difference and I want to thank you for all that you are doing.

 

For the better of Florida,

 

Maria Sachs

  • Committee Weeks Committee Weeks

    Committee Weeks

Committee Weeks

The next committee week in Tallahassee is December 9-13. All committee hearings are broadcast live.  Senator Sachs encourages everyone to watch the hearings by clicking here or going to the Florida Senate website (flsenate.gov).

Senator Sach’s Committee Schedule:

December 9

Gaming Committee 1 pm to 3 pm
Agriculture Committee 4 pm to 6 pm

December 10

Education Committee 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Military Affairs Committee 11 am to 1 pm

December 11

Regulated Industries Committee 9 am to 11 am
Education Appropriations Subcommittee 1 pm to 3 pm
Finance & Tax Appropriations Subcommittee 4 pm to 6 pm

By |November 20th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Parasail Operators Symposium Parasail Operators Symposium

    Parasail Operators Symposium

Parasail Operators Symposium

Senator Sachs addressed parasail operators from around the country at the Water Sports Industry Association’s Parasail Operators Symposium in St. Petersburg.  Senator Sachs joined other notable speakers to address the issues of improving safety standards in the industry including Admiral William D. Lee, Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities of the US Coast Guard.

The main goal of the Symposium is to improve parasail safety by adopting standards through a consensus process. Senator Sachs has been fighting on behalf of the parasailing industry and filed SB 320 for this upcoming session.  SB 320 requires commercial parasailing companies to carry insurance, to have an employee on the boat to weather conditions, and to ensure that operators stop services when weather conditions are unfavorable.

Executive Director of the WSIA, Larry Meddock, was excited about the event and the opportunity to assist the parasailing industry in regulating themselves to a higher standard, “Parasailing as an industry is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to regulate themselves in the most effective and efficient way possible through this upcoming Symposium,” Meddock said. “The industry support has been tremendous so far and we are very fortunate to welcome high-level members of the Florida legislature and the U.S. Coast Guard to this two-day event.”

By |November 20th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments
  • FAU Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking FAU Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

    FAU Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

FAU Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

What is the second largest criminal industry in the world? Human trafficking. This past week FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies hosted an event in hopes of bringing awareness to an every growing problem. Senator Sachs was invited to speak by Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts, FAU Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies.

The Senator spoke on legislative issues, recognizing the problems, and addressing the solutions.  Senator Sachs discussed her appointment by Governor Crist to the Florida Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She also talked in depth about two bills which became law in 2012 that aim to combat human trafficking in Florida.  The first was HB 7049, co-sponsored by Senator Sachs, which toughens penalties for human trafficking and provides the Office of Statewide Prosecution jurisdiction to pursue these cases. The other measure, the Florida Safe Harbor Act, is intended to provide a more coordinated response to address the child welfare service needs of sexually exploited children who are dependent.  Among other provisions, it allows law enforcement to process victims of human trafficking through safe houses instead of through the criminal justice system.

By |November 20th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments