Meeting with Veterans

Sen. Sachs Meeting with Veterans

 

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Committee Report

Senate Bill 52, Bans Texting while Driving, is moving smoothly through the legislative process. The bill received unanimous support in the Transportation Committee and the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee. SB 52 is now scheduled to be read in the Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 420, Possession of Prescription Drugs, is making progress in both chambers.  It received a favorable vote in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week.  The bill would allow a judge discretion to depart from minimum mandatory sentencing for a first-time offender charged with possession of prescription medications, under certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 370, Body Parts, made its way through another committee this week.  The bill was voted favorably by the Regulated Industries Committee, and received unanimous support in the Health Policy as well . SB 370 will be heard next by the Judiciary Committee. The bill assures that unclaimed bodies are not sold without proper family authorization and that deceased veterans are given a proper military burial.

Senate Bill 64, Commercial Parasailing, and Senate Bill 1618, Condominium Association Reform, both sponsored by Senator Sachs, are in the amendatory process.  Both bills are expected to be heard in committees.

Broward County Days

District 34 was represented proudly during the Broward Days held at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Broward County Days at the Capitol  Broward County Days at the Capitol1

Senator Sachs hosted an open house reception for constituents Wednesday evening.   We had members from various local groups stop which included the Port Everglades Association, Missing in America Project, Broward College, FAU and our very own Broward Firefighters.Broward County Days at the Capitol2

Florida Cattlemen In Town

Representatives from the Florida Cattleman’s Association dropped by to promote their issues to Senator Sachs on Wednesday.

Sen. Sachs with Florida Cattlemen

They hosted their annual advocacy day to educate members of the legislature on the local beef industry and the needs of the farmers, ranchers, and producers.

Senator Sachs is sponsoring Senate Bill 1728, which creates mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods.  She discussed those issues with them as the Cattlemen promote Florida’s agriculture.

Sen. Maria Sachs supports the Florida Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Day at the Capitol took place this past Monday, March 11th. Over 120 Girl Scouts visited Tallahassee: West Central Florida, Citrus Council, Gateway Council, South East Florida, Panhandle, and Tropical councils were represented.Sen. Maria Sachs with the Girl Scouts

Senator Sachs presided over a debate between the girls which took place on the Senate floor. They weighed the merits of different legislative proposals to ban texting while driving in Florida.

 

The Girl Scouts have a long history in this country, and especially in Florida.  The first Girl Scout Troop was organized in 1912.  Since then, over 59 million women have participated in the organization including a young Maria Sachs (below photo). Sen. Maria Sachs as a Girl Scouts Brownie

Senator Sachs, addressing the Girl Scout participants, expressed the importance of shaping themselves as leaders and shared some of her stories as a young Girl Scout.

 
Even though the spirit of debate brought out many different opinions from the girls, there was one thing everyone in the room could agree on: Florida will be a better, safer place to live.

Committee Report

Senate Bill 420, sponsored by Senator Sachs, received overwhelming support as it passed through its first committee, the Criminal Justice Committee.  The bill will be heard next in the Judiciary Committee.  SB 420 would allow a judge discretion to depart from minimum mandatory sentencing for a first-time offender charged with possession of prescription medications, under certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 370, also sponsored by Senator Sachs, was voted for unanimously in its first committee assignment, the Regulated Industries Committee.  The bill revises procedures for the reporting and disposition of unclaimed human remains and prohibits the buying, selling, or transmitting of the remains.

Palm Beach County Day at the Capitol

Sen.  Sachs met with leaders from Palm Beach to discuss the county’s issues and legislative priorities on March 6 & 7 during Palm Beach County Days.Palm Beach Day Palm Beach Day 2

Inauguration Ceremony for Senate District 34

On February 26, 2013, a ceremonial inauguration was held at the Delray Beach Public Library to celebrate the start of a successful term of Maria Lorts Sachs as Senator of the 34th District. With a crowd of over 200 people the Senator was sworn in by Chief Judge Peter Blanc, 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County and Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County.

District 34 was created by the Florida Legislature as a new district which is comprised of parts of southern Palm Beach and northern Broward counties.

 

The district includes the cities of Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, and Wilton Manors in Broward County and the cities of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Delray Beach, Gulfstream, Highland Beach, and Ocean Ridge in Palm Beach County.  The new district encompasses over 400,000 people.

 Senator Sachs’ Commitment
“I was elected as a Democrat, but I will serve as a Senator, for all the people of the new District 34. I will continue, to be available for every constituent issue, to […]

Honoring Our Purple Heart Veterans

Senator Sachs’ resolution to declare Florida a Purple Heart State passed by unanimous vote on opening day.  Senator Sachs’ father, Lt Col Russell F. Lorts (dec), served in World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries inflicted during combat in North Africa and Italy.

Purple Heart

This resolution was in honor of him and all the other men and women who have served our country in the military.  Senator Sachs has always made a conscious effort to support veterans and active service members.  Last year, Senator Sachs sponsored the Purple Heart Day Bill which proposed to make August 7th of each year “Purple Heart Day” in Florida.

Opening Day of Session, March 2013

Since ethics is the cornerstone of good government, naturally it became a priority on the first day of session.  Senator Sachs voted for the most sweeping ethics reform package concerning political officials passed by the Senate in more than 30 years.

Opening Day of Session

Senator Sachs expressed the reasons behind her vote, “This shows we are serious about public trust.  The people of my district deserve representation with the highest ethical standards; this bill ensures that’s the case now and in the future.”