• Parasailing Bill Passes Another Committee Unanimously Parasailing Bill Passes Another Committee Unanimously

    Parasailing Bill Passes Another Committee Unanimously

Parasailing Bill Passes Another Committee Unanimously

The parasailing bill sponsored by Senator Sachs is one step closer to becoming law in Florida. This past week, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee. The proposal will improve parasail safety standards by imposing weather restrictions for parasailing operations and minimum insurance requirements.

The bill has already passed unanimously in the Senate Regulated Industries, the House Business & Professional Regulation, and the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations committees. The Senate bill will be heard in the next meeting of the Community Affairs committee on Wednesday, March 19 beginning at 11 am.  Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher is anticipated to be in attendance at the committee hearing.  The bill is named the White-Miskell Act after Kathleen Miskell, a tourist from Connecticut, and Amber White, a 15 year old teenager, lost their lives in two separate parasailing accidents in Broward County. This is the bill’s last committee stop before it will be heard on the Senate floor.

 

  • Florida GI Bill Florida GI Bill

    Florida GI Bill

Florida GI Bill

The Florida Senate honored the brave men and women who serve during Military Day at the Capitol. On the same day, the Senate unanimously passed the Florida GI Bill which aims to establish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” state for the military, veterans and their families. The bill expands education and employment opportunities for service members and their families. Over 1.5 million veterans and their families help make Florida the great state it is today. To show our gratitude for their unwavering commitment and sacrifice, the Legislature is devoted to making Florida the most-military friendly state in the nation.

The Florida GI Bill provides funding for a program to expand education options for National Guard members to include industry certification and continuing education to maintain license certification. Additionally, the bill creates the Veteran Tuition Waiver Program which directs state universities, colleges, career centers, and technical centers to waive out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans.

The bill also expands a measure sponsored by Senator Sachs in a previous year which creates an employment preference for positions in state, local and regional governmental entities, including the public education system, to all veterans, current members of the Reserves and the Florida National Guard, and the parents and spouses of service members who died in combat. Further, the bill contains language filed by Senator Sachs this year which waives the initial licensing fees for 60 months for licenses obtained through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses.

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Health symposium

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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