Congratulations to Precious, the Miami Dade County Teacher of the Year - what a wonderful woman and a wonderful teacher. So happy to have her here in Tallahassee advocating for teachers!

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Karyn Cunningham is with Precious Symonette and Karla Mats at Florida State Capitol.

Great meeting with our great friend Senator Gwen Margolis who represents #district38.

I love when my constituents visit me in Tallahassee! Miami Realtors here in Tallahassee for Realtor day at the Capitol.

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Dear Friends,

Today on our first substantive day of the legislative session, we passed two bills that I want to tell you about.


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Don't forget, it is the open enrollment period for the Health Care Exchanges from now until January 31, 2016. Find out more at the website.

Growing our job base and making Florida businesses competitive in the global market place is a big priority for us and is very important. However, we must safeguard the assets we already have and the industry that powers our economy. We can both, it does not have ot be one or the other.…/key-senator-questions-scott-plan…

TALLAHASSEE — A powerful state senator seemed to cast doubt Wednesday on two central planks of Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, the latest sign of tension over efforts to slash taxes and establish a new fund to recruit businesses.

Dear Friends,

I am writing this after having arrived back in Tallahassee. Today, we started a special session to create new Senate district maps.
As I talked about last month, we are back to re-draw the maps to ensure compliance with the Fair Districts amendment to the Florida Constitution.

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I have filed SB 270 to allow the Florida Department of the Lottery to offer lottery tickets for online sales. Florida derives a large amount of education dollars from these sales and it only makes good sense to increase our revenue and our funding for schools.…/south-florida-lawmaker-wants-o…/

How would you like to buy those weekly Florida Lotto or Powerball tickets online and skip waiting in line at the grocery or convenience store?

Dear Friends,

We have had a long streak of luck here in South Florida. We are currently in the midst of a 10 year long with streak, with no hurricanes making landfall in South Florida. This is the longest time without a hurricane on record. As I write to you this morning, however, Miami is in the "cone of concern" for Tropical Storm Erika, which is currently projected to make landfall here on Sunday or Monday as a category 1 hurricane. I wanted to send you this letter toda...y to remind you of some of the resources available as we prepare for the season and for individual storms.

For storm tracking, I recommend NOAA's National Hurricane Center. Their storm tracking feature can be found here:

As we get prepare for the storms, I recommend the hurricane readiness guides put together by City of Miami Beach ( or Miami Dade County (…/library/hurricane-guide.pdf). Both guides give great tips for getting ready, including how to make a communications plan, what items you should stock up on, and how to properly protect your property.

If Erika does make land fall here in South Florida, remember above all to be safe. Stay away from the top floors of buildings and stay away from unprotected windows. Remember too that Miami-Dade county's information line available at 311.

Above all, please be safe! I look forward to sending you another newsletter in September, when committee weeks for 2016's legislative session begin.

Thank you for reading through my newsletter. As always, feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns. I thank you again for choosing me to represent you both at home and in Tallahassee.

Best regards,


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*Spanish translations courtesy of the NWS San Juan Weather Forecast Office. Information about experimental Spanish Tropical Cyclone Forecast Discussions can be found here.

Don't forget the back to school tax week is August 7 - August 16 this year. Please see the attached pictures for more information including examples of what items are covered.

Hello Friends –

After having finally wrapped on our budget, the majority of the bills we passed this past session went in to effect as new laws as of July 1st. Here is a list of some of the new laws I thought would be important to you and our community, followed by some news and events in our community.

Tax cuts

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All applicants of the Department of Cultural Affair's Community Grants (CG) Program must attend one (1) workshop prior to application. Refer to the grant program guidelines or contact the grant administrator for further pre-application requirements. All workshops are held at the: Miami-Dade County D…

Proud help and support the Miami River Commission in their great work, and humbled that they, along with Mayor Tomas P. Regaladohonored me today along with Joe Negron, Senator Oscar Braynon II, David Richardson, and José Félix Díaz with a plaque of appreciation.

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The Governor has signed the $78.7 billion budget which the Florida Legislature passed, $2 billion more than last year. We were able to do this while cutting taxes by over $400 million to our citizens and business owners. Despite my disappointment that we were not able to come to an agreement on expanding healthcare to cover uninsured Floridians in the so-called coverage gap and the governor’s incredible $412 million in vetoes for important projects, there are still...

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My colleagues and I are always happy to help our constituents!…/cutler-bay/article25363210.html

Here is what happened at Wednesday’s Cutler Bay town council meeting.

Dear Friends,

As you remember, the big news from legislative session this year was that the Florida House of Representatives decided to leave early, before we had passed a budget. For the past three weeks, we have been hard at working crafting a state budget for the next year. I want to invite you to a Townhall meeting I am having with one of my House counterparts, Rep. David Richardson, next week and also tell you about some of the important strides we made for people with...

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Please join me and Rep. David Richardson for a Townhall Meeting on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00pm at the Miami Beach Golf Club (2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140).

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Dear Friends,

The big news from legislative session this year was that the Florida House of Representatives decided to close early. The 2015 legislative session was perhaps most notable not for what passed, but for what didn’t, thanks to the House’s decision to abruptly sine die. For the first time since the 1950’s, the Florida House adjourned their legislative session without the Senate doing the same.

This has left Florida without a budget for the new fiscal year that sta...

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