Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last year you encouraged and supported my campaign for the Florida House of Representatives. After 12 short weeks from beginning to end, we won the election in August of 2012. I am so privileged to represent House District 113, including all of the City of Miami Beach, North Bay Village, downtown Miami and Little Havana.
Since taking office in November, I have been non-stop with district events and legislative activities. I was given amazing committee assignments as part of my work for you in the State Capitol, including three appropriations committee assignments. During my first legislative session, I called for stricter oversight at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, including the establishment of an Office of Inspector General. I worked with the Governor’s office to get the best possible language for this legislation. My bill was included in an Omnibus Insurance bill, and I’m proud to have drafted the law that will require stricter oversight for Citizens Insurance.
In addition, I filed an amendment on an omnibus foster care bill to provide additional protections for LGBT teens in the state foster care system. While the amendment failed after a spirited debate on the House floor, two agencies agreed to moved forward with regulatory changes that will ensure the protections I demanded. I was also able to secure seed funding to start a pilot project to combat teen homelessness in our community, a project that will especially be inclusive of LGBT youth. I’m very happy to report the community has come together to provide additional funding to support this project.
Back in the district, I recently encouraged the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-open the roadway re-construction design for Alton road in Miami Beach. I’m happy to report that we will now have a much better design, including wider sidewalks and a beautiful, landscaped center median for this roadway. I worked closely with Senator Margolis, neighborhood associations and the city commission to achieve this goal.
I appreciate so much that you have supported my legislative efforts. I want to be the most effective State Representative possible. I hope you will support my re-election efforts. Please continue to call or email my office when you believe I should be aware of issues affecting our community.
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