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Organizational Session
Organizational Session was held in Tallahassee on November 22, 2016. During this meeting, newly elected legislators were sworn in and returning members reaffirmed their oaths to serve Floridians. Prior to Organizational Session, the newly remodeled Senate Chamber was debuted. This is the first time the Senate Chamber has been remodeled since the 1970s, and it looks great!
During Organizational Session, both Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran laid out their priorities for their terms. Among their priorities are issues such as higher education, the environment, juvenile justice reform, transparency, spending, health care reform, and others.
Senator Negron spoke of making Florida’s “good universities great” by giving university leaders discretion over finances when it comes to recruiting and retaining top faculty, focusing on professional and graduate schools, addressing aging campus infrastructure, making college more affordable for students, and improving four-year graduation rates. As for the environment, Senator Negron intends to focus on buying more land to increase water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. The Senate President also made clear that juvenile justice reform is an issue worthy of our attention. Senator Negron’s speech can be viewed here. House Speaker Corcoran laid out his plans to make Florida a national leader in transparency and accountability, including a requirement that stand-alone bills be filed prior to session’s beginning when it comes to budget requests. Representative Corcoran also indicated that the lobbying ban placed on legislators will be increasing to six years. The lawsuit surrounding the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship was also referenced, with Rep. Corcoran urging Democrats to tell teachers’ unions to drop the suit. Representative Corcoran stated that Florida should be allowed to lead the way with a consumer-driven system when it comes to health care reform. Finally, he also discussed 12-year term limits for judges in order to encourage a healthy judicial branch. Representative Corcoran’s speech can be viewed here.

Committee Weeks

Legislators will be in Tallahassee for committee weeks. The schedule is as follows:
December 12th-16th, 2016
January 9th-13th, 2017
January 23rd-27th, 2017
February 6th-10th, 2017
February 13th-17th, 2017
February 20th-24th, 2017
December 5th-9th, 2016
January 9th-13th, 2017
January 23rd-27th, 2017
February 6th-10th, 2017
February 13th-17th, 2017
February 20th-24th, 2017
The 2017 session will begin on March 7th, 2017, and will last 60 days. You are welcome to attend any of the committee meetings in Tallahassee. If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I have listed the committees on which I serve. You can click on a particular committee name to visit the committee page at the Florida Senate website.
• Education (Vice Chair)
• Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
• Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
• Banking and Insurance
• Judiciary
• Joint Legislative Auditing Committee (Alt. Chair)

Constitutional Revision
Every 20 years, the Constitutional Revision Commission convenes in order to review and recommend changes to the Constitution, which voters will then have the chance to vote on. The Commission consists of 37 members, including the Attorney General, 15 individuals appointed by the Governor, 9 individuals appointed by the Speaker of the House, 9 individuals appointed by the Senate President, and 3 individuals appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. They will meet in the summer of 2017, which will be only the third time the Commission has convened in Florida’s history.
If you are interested in applying to be on the Commission, or if you would like information on attending one of the public hearings throughout Florida, please visit the Partnership for Revising Florida’s Constitution’s website here.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an powerful and brutal attack against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack was intended to thwart the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with Japanese military operations in the Pacific. Over the course of seven hours, some 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes, and bombers unleashed a relentless bombing raid that destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft, sunk four U.S. Navy battleships, and killed 2,403 Americans with an additional 1,178 injured. The following day, the United States of America declared war on Japan.

The front page of the December 8th, 1941, edition of New York World Telegram reads, ‘1500 dead in Hawaii’, and describes the U.S. decision to declare war on Japan.

At the scene of the attack, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing raid.

This aerial photograph taken by a Japanese pilot shows the perspective of the attackers. In the lower right hand corner, a Japanese bomber sweeps in for a strafing run.

Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background.

Smoke rises from the battleship USS Arizona as it sinks during the attack.

Eight miles from Pearl Harbor, shrapnel from a Japanese bomb riddled this car and killed three civilians in the attack. The Navy reported there was no nearby military target.

In the streets, people buy newspapers reporting the Japanese attack on U.S. bases in the Pacific Ocean.

On December 8th, President Franklin Roosevelt speaks to a joint session of Congress in Washington and signs the declaration of war against Japan. The Senate responded with a unanimous vote in support of the war; only one Representative dissented in the House.

Uniformed American sailors place leis over the graves of their brothers in arms, in Spring 1942.


A Countdown to Pearl Harbor: 1853 to 1941

Conflict is brewing in Asia. The old world order is changing. Two new powers, the United States and Japan, are rising to take leading roles on the world stage. Both seek to further their own national interests in the hope to avoid war. Both have embarked on courses of action that will collide at Pearl Harbor.



Western powers stake claims in Asia as Japan emerges from more than two centuries of isolation. Japan’s long period of cultural isolation from the West ended in 1853, when Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry led a U.S. Navy expedition (known as the “Black Ships” to the Japanese) into Tokyo Bay to open Japan to trade and diplomatic relations. The United States sought access to new markets in Asia, while Britain, Germany, France, and Russia were claiming new territories and economic resources. By the late 19th century, Japan has initiates to modernize its industry and armed forces and begins to expand its influence.

1914 - 18

World War I involves 60 nations and claims millions of lives. Japan, one of the victorious Allies, seizes German possessions in China and the Pacific.


The League of Nations is created to prevent future wars and provide collective security. Germany and Russia are excluded. The United States refuses to join.


Japan’s prime minister is assassinated. The army later takes advantage of increasing political instability to dictate government actions.

1922 - 30

The United States, Japan, and other nations sign treaties limiting the size of their fleets and affirming China’s sovereignty. Japan is treated as a secondary power and allowed only a much smaller fleet.


The American stock market crashes, triggering the Great Depression. An economic collapse sends the nation spinning into the Great Depression. Americans endure hard times. As fighting spreads through Europe and Asia, the United States is torn between helping its allies and being drawn into another foreign war.

1931 - 33

Japan seizes Manchuria and creates the puppet state of Manchukuo. Condemned for invading Manchuria, Japan quits the League of Nations. The military solidifies control over the government in Tokyo.


Japan launches an undeclared war against China. The Japanese sink the gunboat USS Panay near Nanking, increasing tension between the U.S. and Japan.


Germany annexes Austria; Britain and France do not interfere, Japan takes notice.


Germany invades Poland, igniting World War II in Europe.


Japanese troops occupy Indochina. Japan signs the Tri-Partite Pact with Germany and Italy, creating the Tokyo-Rome-Berlin Axis.


The U.S. seizes Japanese and Chinese financial assets and cuts off all exports to Japan.

1929 - 41

World economic crisis ushers in the Great Depression. America turns inward, while Germany, Italy, and Japan seek to expand. The rise of Nazism in Germany, fascism in Italy, and militarism in Japan led to global destabilization and threatened democracy. A stock market crash sent the United States into economic depression. Military actions by the Japanese in China, the Italians in Ethiopia, and the Germans in Poland sowed the seeds of global war. In response to Japanese aggression in Asia, the United States imposed economic embargoes and deployed its Pacific Fleet to Pearl Harbor.

“Perhaps the phase of our order which struck the deepest into the sensibilities of the Japanese was that at last the United States has shown this country that it is no longer bluffing.”
—Commercial Attaché Frank S. Williams

With lingering social conflict prolonged by the Great Depression, Japan set its sights on creating the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Japan intends to end Western domination and control an integrated East Asian bloc that will provide natural resources and new markets.

By December 7, 1941, much of the world was already at war. Japanese forces acquired Manchuria a decade earlier and had been fighting China since 1937. Nazi Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland thrust Europe into war. Widespread public sentiment against involvement in those overseas conflicts initially kept the United States on the sidelines. Congress enacted a series of laws intended to prevent the United States from being drawn into foreign conflicts by outlining the terms of U.S. neutrality.




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