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Issues and Voices that Matter January 10, 2013

Local Needs Considered

In preparation for the upcoming session of the Florida Legislature in March 2013, presentations by more than 30 local organizations were made recently to a delegation of legislators representing Seminole County, FL. These organizations are seeking state funding in certain public policy areas that address the needs of Seminole county residents and businesses such as voter election administration, public education, health and welfare, child advocacy, and transportation planning. This is an audio snapshot of 7 of those organizations making their case for consideration. (length: 40:34)

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck. Still photos – Charles E. Miller for CMF Public Media. Audio support – Seminole Government TV & Kurt Slafkovsky.)

To make your listening to these presentations as efficient as possible, CMF Public Media offers two listening options and in either option we provide links to material each speaker mentions in their presentation and a link to their organization’s web page. We’ve also provided a slide show of still pictures taken during the delegation meeting.

The first option is a podcast which presents only 7 of the 30 organizations (others will be presented at a future date). We present them serially, first one, then the next, in an order we have determined for you. This podcast lasts about 40-minutes.

The second option presents 7 stand-alone or individual podcasts. You choose the subject of most interest to you without needing to listen to the others. These podcasts, most less than 5-minutes in length, featuring just one organization.

Full podcast option – featuring all 7 organizations

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The Seminole County Delegation

David Simmons (R) (delegation chairman), Florida Senate/District 10 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
David Simmons (R) (Chairman)
Florida Senate/District 10
Web | Meeting Agenda
Jason Brodeur (R), Florida House of Representatives/District 28 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jason Brodeur (R)
Florida House of Representatives/District 28
Web
Mike Clelland (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 29 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Mike Clelland (D)
Florida House of Representatives/District 29
Web
Karen Castor Dentel (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 30 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Karen Castor Dentel (D)
Florida House of Representatives/District 30
Web

Presenters & Issues (as heard in sequence on the podcast)

Issue: Voter Election administration
Michael Ertel, supervisor of elections, Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Michael Ertel
supervisor of elections, Seminole County

Web
Referenced document

Jeanne Morris, president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jeanne Morris
president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County

Web

Issue: Public education
Dr. E. Ann McGee, president, Seminole State College (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Dr. E. Ann McGee
president, Seminole State College

Web
Referenced document

Boyd E. Karns, Jr., director, employee and governmental relations, Seminole County Public Schools (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Boyd E. Karns, Jr.
director, employee and governmental relations, Seminole County Public Schools

Web
Referenced document

Issue: Health and welfare
Jim Berko, president/CEO, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jim Berko
president/CEO, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare

Web
Referenced document

Issue: Child advocacy
Sharon A. Graham, program director, Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Sharon A. Graham
program director, Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem

Web
Referenced document

Issue: Transportation planning
Harold W. Barley, executive director, Metro Plan Orlando (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Harold W. Barley
executive director, Metro Plan Orlando

Web
Referenced document

Individual podcasts option

Issue: Voter Election administration
Michael Ertel, supervisor of elections, Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
supervisor of elections, Seminole County

Web
Referenced document

Jeanne Morris, president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County

Web

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(Length – 04:24)
Play
(Length – 03:10)
Issue: Public education
Dr. E. Ann McGee, president, Seminole State College (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
president, Seminole State College

Web
Referenced document

Boyd E. Karns, Jr., director, employee and governmental relations, Seminole County Public Schools (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
director, employee and governmental relations, Seminole County Public Schools

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 02:31)
Play
(Length – 07:24)
Issue: Health and welfare
Jim Berko, president/CEO, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
president/CEO, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 04:49)
Issue: Child advocacy
Sharon A. Graham, program director, Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
program director, Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 03:34)
Issue: Transportation planning
Harold W. Barley, executive director, Metro Plan Orlando (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
executive director, Metro Plan Orlando

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 04:18)
Seminole County Delegation

Seminole County Legislative Delegation members, from left, Jason Brodeur (R), Florida House of Representatives/District 28; David Simmons (R)(delegation chairman), Florida Senate/District 10; Mike Clelland (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 29; and Karen Castor Dentel (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 30 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)The Seminole County Legislative Delegation is chaired by Republican state senator David Simmons, and 3-state representatives — Republican Jason Brodeur, and Democrats Mike Clelland and Karen Castor Dentel. They each introduce themselves in this 2-minute clip.

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(Length – 02:31)

On March 5, the annual 2-month session of the Florida Legislature will convene in the state capitol for a two month period in order to approve an annual budget and propose or amend state laws.

In order for state legislators to deliberate from an informed basis, their delegations – like Seminole’s — meet publically to hear testimony from organizations or individuals seeking to provide information to legislators about their local needs.

The 3-hour meeting was open to the public Thursday, December 20, 2012 and held in the Chambers of the Seminole County Board of County Commission, in Sanford, Florida. Each presenter was allowed 3-minutes to speak. Legislators occasionally asked questions or made comments and when they did, they remain in the podcast.

Part-2 of our coverage will post on-line February 14, 2013, and will include a sampling of other groups making their presentations.

Pictures

After you launch the slideshow below, click “Next” and “Previous” to rotate through the photos.

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