Addressing the Congregation

On Sunday, July 21,I  spoke passionately to the congregants at St Paul’s AME Church in Delray Beach regarding the urgent need to repeal The Stand Your Ground Law.

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Speaking as a mother of three, I implored the group to take action and petition both the Florida Senate President and Speaker of the Florida House on this law that has become a lightning rod for national attention.  I also discussed the importance of maintaining State Voting Rights in light of the recent Supreme Court decision and vowed to continue to serve as an advocate for the disenfranchised.

 

 

  • Parasailing Accident, Panama Beach Parasailing Accident, Panama Beach

    Parasailing Accident, Panama Beach

Parasailing Accident, Panama Beach

ABC News Story featuring Sen. Maria Sachs on Parasailing Regualtions

This past Friday I spoke on ABC News about my fight to put Florida’s parasailing industry under better regulations.

The tragedy that occurred in Panama City with the two young tourists last week sent shock waves throughout the country as the video of the accident went viral.

Most people who go parasailing in Florida, both tourists and Floridians, don’t realize that too many commercial parasail operators are underinsured and under regulated.

If you want to do business in the state of Florida, then you need to comply with the most stringent requirements for safety because we are a destination resort.

We want to make sure that everybody understands that if they want to enjoy our beautiful beaches and the parasailing opportunities, they need to operate safely, that they are regulated by the state and that they have full insurance requirements.

I intend to refile the bill next session and am already gaining bi-partisan support for its passage.

The tragedy is that it’s taken another accident to prove that we need safety regulations in place.

  • Happy Independence Day! Happy Independence Day!

    Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

In celebration of our Nation’s Independence, I would like to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to our veterans, their families and their loved ones. Our veterans know sacrifice. They sacrifice for their country and for the freedom of people they may have never met. They are loyal to each other and our nation; that is their duty. Our duty as citizens is to protect the honor of those who sacrifice for our freedom – during their service, after their service, and in their passing, so that they may continue to live in dignity, here and in our memory.

SB 370 / HB 171 Ceremonial Bill Signing

Last Friday, Governor Rick Scott joined me and our local veterans at the Delray Beach City Hall to hold a ceremonial bill signing that protects this very dignity they so rightfully deserve.

With the passing of this law, the remains of veterans who have died and lay unclaimed in funeral homes can now receive an honorable burial in a national cemetery.
Sen Sachs with Veterans for HB 171

I also had the honor to be the keynote speaker at the 67th Florida Convention for Jewish War Veterans last Saturday, and personally thanked our armed service men and women.
This organization is the oldest active veterans’ association in the country. My commitment to honor our country and veterans will continue, as we show our appreciation for their sacrifice for our freedom and independence.

Furthermore, I want to thank those who dedicate their lives and careers to public service: our teachers, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and local, state and federal civil servants. We appreciate their dedication to our safety and to the protection […]

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    Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29

Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29

One of my key focuses as your State Senator is to do whatever I can to promote, protect and support our Veterans.

Every single year I’ve been in office I’ve passed a law on their behalf. This year is no different.

Tomorrow we are holding a Ceremonial Bill Signing for HB 171/SB 370 here in Delray Beach.

This bill guarantees that any veteran whose body lies unclaimed may receive a proper military burial that is due to him/her.

Furthermore, no unclaimed veteran’s body may be sold or used for medical research without proper consent. Every veteran is entitled to a dignified military burial.

This is one of the many things we can do to help our Veterans. I’ll be keeping my constituents posted on legislative priorities for Veterans in the 2014 year.

  • My Reflections On Newtown My Reflections On Newtown

    My Reflections On Newtown

My Reflections On Newtown

We watched the aftermath of the horrific and tragic events in Newtown six months ago, and the feelings I felt at that time are still all too fresh. We cried as a nation, as parents, and as a community united with the families who have suffered so much. The weight of the most horrific loss fathomable still weighs heavily on my heart.

Newtown is in the thoughts and prayers of communities across our country and the world, and I am grateful to be a part of a community recognizing that solidarity for Newtown here in South Florida. Like so many of us, I wanted to react. I wanted to do something to not only help the Newtown community, but to prevent future violence. As a mother, I want to protect my children. As an attorney, I want to defend the victims. As a legislator, I want to advocate for the safety of all of us.

The causes of violence are complex, but we cannot be silent. I am working tirelessly to improve access for mental health services. If you want to join me to fight for greater funding and help for those in distress, I invite you to contact me and my office so that all of us will work together. I will be your voice, and I will fight to help end this senseless violence.

  • Senator Sachs Funeral Bill Becomes Law Senator Sachs Funeral Bill Becomes Law

    Senator Sachs Funeral Bill Becomes Law

Senator Sachs Funeral Bill Becomes Law

As the daughter of a WWII veteran, I saw throughout my life how much veterans sacrifice for us, not only through the course of their service, but throughout their lives. It is our responsibility to honor them when they return with the same devotion. For this reason, I fought hard during this year’s Legislative Session in Tallahassee and successfully passed Senate Bill 370, protecting the dignity of our most courageous citizens. Last week the Governor signed the bill and the law will go into effect July 1, 2013.

This bill guarantees that any veteran whose body lies unclaimed in a funeral home will receive a proper military burial. Furthermore, no unclaimed veteran’s body may be sold or used for medical research without proper consent. Every veteran is entitled to a dignified military burial.  Additionally, the bill bans funeral homes from selling any human body parts without the proper consent from the loved ones of the deceased.

I am grateful for the valued services of veterans, and I introduce and pass a bill every year to safeguard those who protect us. As your Senator and a member of the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee, I can guarantee that I will continue to fight for the rights of our veterans both in my professional and personal life.

  • Be Prepared For Hurricane Season Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

    Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season began June 1.  I want to remind all Florida residents to remain vigilant during hurricane season. Whether or not you have been through a hurricane before, always keep in mind that no two storms are the same. In addition to the dangers of hurricane winds and rain, this is a reminder that some of the most dangerous aspects of a hurricane are flooding, tornadoes, rip currents and fires.  If you live east of I-95, the threat of flooding, rip currents and tornadoes may be higher during a hurricane. During the storm, remember to stay indoors, even when the eye is passing overhead, and do not open your windows until after the storm is over.

It is my priority to make sure the constituents in my district, and around Florida, are ready for what this season may have in store. The office has compiled a list of emergency contacts and disaster preparedness suggestions so that everyone may be as well prepared as possible this hurricane season. If you have any questions or need contact information, please contact this office.

  • Happy Father’s Day Happy Father’s Day

    Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day! Let us pause today to reflect on the importance of fathers in our lives and in the health of our families. So many times in modern American culture, we belittle the father’s role in the family, and, yet, it is proven time and time again that a father figure plays an essential part in the development of men and women.

So let us, together as a community, honor our dads, grandfathers, uncles and those who stand in the place of a dad, in our lives. It is to them that we dedicate this day and every day with love. Happy Father’s Day!

Funding for Holocaust Education Vetoed

During this year’s Legislative Session, Senator Sachs fought hard to pass appropriations of $500,000 for a Holocaust Documentation and Education Center. Governor Rick Scott used his line-item veto power to target and strike down this appropriation.

 

Florida is fortunate to be the home of the third largest population of Holocaust survivors in the world – most of whom live in South Florida. Senator Sachs has had the great honor of meeting so many Survivors throughout her life, and the loss of this funding needed to support the preservation of their voice is difficult. Earlier this month, while visiting the Holocaust Museum site, she met a man who survived the Holocaust. As Norman Frajman narrated his gruesome story of captivity and watching his family perish in a concentration camp, he repeatedly mentioned his jacket with the Star of David which he wore – it became a symbol of hope and perseverance. The couple wanted to donate this jacket to be exhibited in the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center so it could be shared with the community and future generations. The funding vetoed by Governor Scott may end their dream of displaying this precious and historic memento in the Center.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center is vital to our community in a continuing effort promote education and awareness. In spite of the veto, Senator Sachs will continue to support and fight for Holocaust education and awareness in my personal and professional life.  She feels it is her duty to all the Survivors, their children, and everyone […]

Senator Sachs Honored By Broward College

Senator Sachs was recognized by President Armstrong of Broward College and the Board of Trustees for her commitment to their institution of higher learning.  Senator Sachs believes the only true pathway to prosperity is through education.  Over the past several years, our colleges and universities have been caught in a budget vise that has squeezed students and programs at every level.  As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, she has made it a priority to fight to bring home dollars for our local colleges. That fight has yielded successful results.  Broward College, FAU and Palm Beach State College all saw significant increases in state appropriations. Broward College received a 15 percent increase over last year’s base funding. This moves the Broward College appropriations from $71.1 million last year to this year’s $81.5 million.

Broward College is excelling, growing a nationwide reputation. In addition to offering four year degrees, the Aspen Institute named Broward College as one of the 2012 top ten community colleges in the US. A 15% increase in appropriations will enable the only public college in Broward County to continue to provide quality training and higher education to our community. These appropriations for Broward College impact a total of 67,000 students’ educational experience. These students are family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. They are patrons of our local businesses and residents in our […]