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Issues and Voices that Matter April 14, 2011

2011 Florida Legislative Mid-Session Update

2011 Florida Legislative Mid-Session Update (photo - CMF Public Media)

The Florida Legislature is half way through the 2011 legislative session. This update on the progress of the session features four members of the Seminole County legislative delegation, Senator David Simmons and Representatives Chris Dorworth, Scott Plakon and Jason Brodeur. They comment from Tallahassee on the critical issues facing lawmakers as they struggle to close a $4 billion budget shortfall and address problems such as transportation funding, internet gambling and tort reform for child protective service providers.

Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner

Feature #1

Senator David Simmons comments on education funding, pension contributions and changes in class size requirements. (length 10:26)

State Senator David Simmons (R/Dist. #22)
Senator David Simmons
(R/Dist. #22)



Feature #2

State Representative Chris Dorworth comments on the budget crisis, education funding, pension contributions, reforms in the DROP program, and sales tax loopholes. (length 12:11)

State Representative Chris Dorworth (R/Dist #34) (photo - CMF Public Media)
State Representative Chris Dorworth
(R/Dist #34)



Feature #3

Representative Scott Plakon discusses his bill to fight the proliferation of internet gambling and to protect child protective service providers in community based care networks from damaging lawsuits. (length 11:51)

Representative Scott Plakon (R/Dist #37) (photo - CMF Public Media)
Representative Scott Plakon
(R/Dist #37)



Feature #4

Representative Jason Brodeur addresses the proposal to close the budget gap with Transportation Trust Fund dollars, his bill involving guns and pediatricians and reforms in juvenile justice. (length 11:55)

Representative Jason Brodeur (R/Dist #33) (photo - CMF Public Media)
Representative Jason Brodeur
(R/Dist #33)




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Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee (photo - CMF Public Media) Protesters on the Capitol Plaza (photo - CMF Public Media) Governor Rick Scott speaking on the Plaza (photo - CMF Public Media) Speaker Dean Cannon dressed to serve paella on Miami-Dade Day at the Capitol (photo - CMF Public Media)

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One Response to “2011 Florida Legislative Mid-Session Update”

  1. Mike Horner says:

    Great Job Desta Horner. Insightful questions.

    I thought all four legislators did a good job explaining their positions.

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