Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In the summer of 2012 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. 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 of 2012, I have been non-stop with district events and legislative activities. I was given great committee assignments as part of my work for you in the State Capitol, including three appropriations committee assignments. During my first legislative sessions, I called for stricter oversight at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, including the establishment of an Office of Inspector General. My proposal was included in an Omnibus Insurance bill, and I’m proud to have drafted the law that requires stricter oversight for Citizens Property Insurance. In this past session, I passed a bill that removes unnecessary “red tape” related to renting office space to doctors partnered with Jackson Memorial Hospital. I wrote and sponsored a committee bill that will provide greater oversight concerning the costs associated with regulatory changes proposed by state agencies.
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, 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 be especially 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 encouraged the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-open the Alton Road re-construction design in Miami Beach and accelerate the project. I’m happy to report that we will now have a better design, including wider sidewalks along Alton road. I worked closely with neighborhood associations and the city commission to achieve this goal.
I appreciate so much that you have supported my work for you. I want to be the most effective State Representative possible. I hope you will support my re-election on November 4, 2014. Please continue to call or email my office when you believe I should be aware of issues affecting our community.
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