Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rep. Rick Kriseman Files Legislation To Empower Floridians To Recall Politicians

In an effort to shift the balance of power from politicians to the people they represent, Representative Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg) today filed legislation to permit the recall of state officials.

Florida currently allows for the recall of local elected officials, but there is no provision in state law to allow for the recall of state officials. House Joint Resolution 785 and House Bill 787, both sponsored by Representative Kriseman, would allow the public to recall from office Florida legislators, members of the Florida Cabinet, governor and lieutenant governor.

“Engaged citizens deserve the tools to hold their public servants accountable without having to wait for the next election,” said Representative Kriseman. “Honest and dedicated elected officials will have nothing to fear from the implementation of this important proposal, and I am confident that my colleagues will support its passage.”

HJR 785 allows for a petition to recall a statewide official, requiring signatures be collected from each of the 67 counties, and the signatures equal 15 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for the office. A petition to recall a member of the Florida Legislature would require signatures from 20 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for the office.

If HJR 785 is approved by the Legislature, voters will be asked on the November 2012 General Election ballots to amend the state constitution with the recall provision. House Bill 787 would create a statutory recall provision. Read more....

Thursday, February 03, 2011


"At a time when Florida residents will soon be able to access affordable health insurance on their own terms, the decision by Florida to return the money that will help the state implement health insurance reform is just flat wrong.

“The decision by the Governor and the Insurance Commissioner to stop implementing the reforms squarely puts the state on the side of the insurance industry over Florida taxpayers. By denying Floridians the important health reforms enacted in the Affordable Care Act, the state's residents and small businesses would be denied critical new benefits of the law, like protections against insurance industry abuses and new coverage options.

“Without the Affordable Care Act, nearly 3.2 million seniors in Florida who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive important preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and more than 182,000 individuals on Medicare would see significantly higher prescription drug costs.”

“In Florida, 182,672 Medicare beneficiaries received a one-time, tax-free two-hundred-fifty dollar rebate to help pay for prescription drugs in the `donut hole’ coverage gap in 2010. Medicare beneficiaries who fall into the “donut hole” in 2011 will be eligible for 50-percent discounts on covered brand name prescription drugs.

“Without the law, the burden of high prescription drug costs would hurt millions of Medicare beneficiaries across the country.”

Rep. Mark Pafford, Democratic ranking member of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee

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