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If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down. Tony Snow

Wishing you all a happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

: Ecc. 3:1 "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven."

Please feel free to listen to the following audio/video as you and yours join together in a day of Thanksgiving.  May it renew the passion to live in Thanks to the Lord for all that he has given to each of us. May it stir the desire to serve and protect our precious gifts.

Our Country Our Freedom Our Liberty and all those we love

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Florida. Mayfield Minutes

Good Morning!

What a solemn week it has been, as our international neighbors were viciously attacked. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in last weekend’s bombings.

Thank you to those who participated in the 2016 Pre-Session survey. Government spending, education, and the economy continue to be a top concern to be addressed during the Legislative Session.

This edition of the Mayfield Minute highlights Florida's position on Syrian Refugees, updates from Committee Week 5 in Tallahassee, and safety tips for traveling during the upcoming holiday season. I will be traveling back to Tallahassee for the final Committee Week on November 30th.

I am humbled to represent this district and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you in the Florida House of Representatives. This week, as you gather around the table with family and friends, be sure to give thanks for the love and support that surrounds each of us and offer prayers for those who are less fortunate. Please note there will be no newsletter next weekend due to the holiday, so I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Should you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to contact my office by replying directly to this newsletter or using the contact information for my office and other elected officials who serve the Treasure Coast which is located on the left-hand side of this page.

With warm regards,



Governor Rick Scott's Position on Syrian Refugees

Governor Rick Scott has urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and US House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand against President Barack Obama and ensure refugees are not sent to Florida. The concern comes from the involvement of at least three terrorists who had arrived in France as Syrian refugees. In his November 16th, 2015 letter to the Majority Leader and US House Speaker, Governor Scott noted it was his "understanding that the state does not have the authority to prevent federal government from funding the relocation of these Syrian refugees to Florida even without state support." Governor Scott is urging Congress to take immediate action to stop President Obama and his administration. To download Governor Rick Scott's full letter, click here.


Consumer Transparency Act Filed

Recently I filed HB 579, the Consumer Transparency Act. I am proud to have Senator Wilton Simpson as the Senate Sponsor of this important legislation which is in response to the March 2015 Florida Auditor General’s report on the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). This legislation will provide much needed transparency and accountability to FMPA practices and provide representation for rate payers. There has been inaccurate information and articles written on this legislation, so I encourage you to click here for information on this bill.


Legislation Filed For an Elected Commissioner of Education

Several months ago, I requested your participation in various surveys regarding Florida's education system and the possibility of reinstating the Commissioner of Education to an elected position. I am excited to announce that this week I filed HJR 767, a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment before voters to create an elected Commissioner of Education. I am pleased to have Senator Rene Garcia as my Senate Sponsor (SJR 942). If adopted by the legislature, this Constitutional Amendment would be placed on the November 2016 General Election ballot and would need at least 60% voter approval to take effect. For more information on this bill, click here.


Co-Sponsorship of Support Our Constitution License Plates Legislation

As a firm believer in the United States Constitution, I am excited to announce my co-sponsorship of HB 663. House Bill 663 creates a Support Our Constitution specialty license plate. The proceeds collected for the annual fees of the license plate will be distributed to The Constitution Foundation, Inc. For more information on this bill, click here.


Capitol Office Visits

In Tallahasee this week, I had the opportunity to meet with several groups from home and across the state to disucss issues for the upcoming Session. If you are planning a trip to Tallahassee, please let my office know - I would love to meet with you and discuss what issues are most important to you!


Florida Atlantic University

Members of the Florida Citrus Industry


Members of the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACECFL)


Comprehensive Water Policy Bill Passes Second Committee

On Wednesday, November 18th, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, which I serve on, passed House Bill 7005. This bill develops a long-term, comprehensive approach to address Florida’s current and future water challenges, which is a major part of the House and Senate’s Work Plan 2016 joint agenda. HB 7005 modernizes our existing water policies to reflect the progress we have made in protecting our water resources and focuses our efforts on the water quality and supply challenges we continue to face through the use of scientifically sound, responsible solutions. Water is one of our most precious resources, and I believe ensuring a clean and abundant water supply is critical to Florida’s future. To learn more about HB 7005, click here.


Providing More Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

Approximately 12.9 percent of Florida’s population has a disability. Ensuring those with disabilities have the opportunity to achieve economic independence, in my opinion, is important to making Florida an even better state to live.

During Committee Week 5, House Bill 7003 was passed by the House Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee with unanimous support. This bill creates the Employment First Act, which requires certain state agencies and organizations to develop an interagency cooperative agreement to ensure a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, creates the Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities to provide information and outreach to individuals with disabilities in order to assist them in establishing financial security, and creates the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program to recognize business entities that demonstrate commitment to the independence of individuals with disabilities.

I believe this bill is an important step in promoting the economic independence and successful employment of individuals with disabilities. For more information on HB 7003, click here.


Fee Relief for Military and Veterans

This week, the Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously passed House Bill 235 to provide fee relief for our military and veterans. HB 235 requires that a publicly owned or publicly operated airport must grant free parking to vehicles with a Disabled Veterans license plate, including those marked with the international wheelchair symbol, or a Paralyzed Veterans of America license plate. HB 235 also clarifies that this exemption only applies when the vehicle is transporting the disabled person and to the individual that was issued the disabled parking permit or license plate.


Space Bill Moves for Final Approval

On Monday, November 16th, the House of Representatives passed an important commercial space legislation containing U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer’s (D-WA bipartisan proposals to expand opportunities and provide legal protections for American space companies. This bill creates a legal framework to protect property rights for American companies that obtain resources in outer space.  Also included in the final SPACE Act is Posey’s Amendment to streamline the regulatory process, encourage cooperation between government agencies, and eliminate red tape and bureaucracy impeding development of the commercial space sector. For more information on this bill, click here.


Staying Safe During Holiday Travel

An estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel this holiday season. This is down 1.5% from those that traveld last year. Traveling by car is the most popular form of transportation for 91% of travelers.


There are many things you can do to stay safe when traveling this holiday season.

If you are driving:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order before your trip, ensure you have a full tank of gas, and double check your tire pressure
  • On long drives, be sure to take frequent stops, rotate drives, or stop and get rest if the driver is tired
  • Be cautious and respectful to other drivers leaving enough space between each vehicle
  • Prepare an emergency kit with important useful items you may need

If you are traveling by plane, bus, or train:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water
  • Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterieal wipes to wash hands or clean off other surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes

For more information on staying safe during holiday travel, click here.


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