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.

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. 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).  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.

A Commitment to Standing Up for Child Safety

Senator Sachs introduced a bill to prevent children from dying of heat exposure when forgotten in the back of a motor vehicle. Senate Bill 274 would have required that child care centers have alarms placed in their motor vehicles. The alarm forces the driver of the van to go into the back of the vehicle – where hiding children will be discovered – to turn the alarm off. This upcoming session, Senator Sachs will be introducing bills that ban texting while driving and add much needed regulations to the parasailing industry. These bills, like the Good Samaritan bill, are in response to actual child or teen deaths throughout Florida. No child should die when a simple law is all that is needed to prevent it.

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Maria Sachs is standing up for Florida’s families On Families and Homes Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Technologies: Provides property tax benefits for the use of renewable energies systems in residential properties.

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