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Friends, family, and supporters, I am eager to continue my service on the school board and I need your help to make sure that happens. There are many ways you can support the effort to get me re-elected to serve.

1. Please consider making a donation to the campaign at…. You can also mail checks to Misty Belford for School Board, 1630 N Singleton Ave, Titusville, FL 32796.

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Our next campaign supporter meeting will be on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm. Please message me if you will be joining us and I will give you the address.


Our next campaign supporter meeting will be on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm. Please message me if you will be joining us and I will give you the address.

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The House heard the Public Safety Bill yesterday on 2nd reading along with dozens of amendments (none of which passed). The bill is on the House schedule for 3...rd reading today. They will be in session beginning at 10:30. You can watch the proceedings on or download The Florida Channel app for listening on the go. If you are interested in reading the details of the bill, you can find it here:…/Documents/loaddoc.aspx…

In order for session to have ended on Friday as scheduled, both chambers would have had to agree on a budget by midnight last night to allow the 72 hour cooling off period. Those discussions stalled yesterday. As a result, the session will have to either be extended or the legislators will be called back for a special session. We should get official word today on what the plan is going forward.

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Yesterday, the Senate passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Today, the House... will take up the bill. As of last night, 40 amendments had been filed on the bill. If you would like to monitor the discussion, the house will be in session today beginning at 10:30. You can watch the proceedings on If you are away from your computer, there is a Florida Channel app you can download to your phone and watch/listen to the live streams.

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The Florida Senate today passed Senate Bill 7026, The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The legislation represents a comprehensive approach to addressing the issues presented by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, including firearm and scho...

I am happy to report that it looks like we are nearly done with petitions! I am awaiting reports from the supervisor of elections to see how many of the petitions submitted were accepted but we should be VERY close to being done. Thank you to all who assisted with the petition process. We now move into the next phase of campaign. YOU, yes YOU, can help assure we win this election in August. Please message me or email me at We have a volunteer meeting coming up this Saturday and would love to see you there!

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On Saturday, March 10, I will be having a campaign volunteer meeting from 2-4pm. Please message me or email me at if you would like to join us and I will provide you the address. There is plenty for everyone to do even if you have never worked on a campaign!

TALLAHASSEE — The opioid crisis declared by Gov. Rick Scott as a state emergency threatened to be overtaken by the fresh horror of the recent

Do you have petitions to turn in to me? If so, please let me know so I can get them from you. I will be turning in a batch tomorrow or Monday and would love to include yours!

I need your input please! What are your thoughts on the proposed safety plans? If you would prefer not to comment on Facebook, please feel free to email me at

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The Brevard County School Safety Plan: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Brevard County School Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn discuss steps to secure ...Brevard County Public Schools in the wake of the South Florida mass school shooting. See story:…/sheriff-wayne-ivey-proposes-s…/

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Governor Scott’s Action Plan on School Safety: Gov. Scott Announces Major Action Plan to Keep Florida Students Safe Following Tragic Parkland Shooting
$500 Mil...lion Investment in School Safety and Mental Health

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alexander Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang.

Unfortunately, none of the plans I’m announcing today will bring any of them back, but it’s important to remember them. The seventeen lives that were cut short and all the hopes and dreams that were ruined have changed our state forever. Florida will never be the same.

Today, I am announcing a major action plan. I will be working with the legislature aggressively over the next two weeks to get it done.

This week we asked law enforcement leaders, education leaders, and health leaders from all over the state to drop what they were doing, clear their schedules, and immediately get up to Tallahassee for urgent conversations about what we can – and must do – to make our schools and communities safer. We must take care of our kids.

I can tell you that everyone said yes, and they came, and they got to work.

I have also spent a lot of time in Parkland meeting with families and students. I’ve been there nearly every day since the shooting. I have listened to their ideas to make sure this never happens again.

I also met with students who courageously came to Tallahassee to have their voices heard. What we saw in this building on Wednesday is what our democracy is about and why we live in the greatest nation on earth.

My message to them has been very simple – you are not alone. Change is coming… and it will come fast.

This is a time when I believe we must all come together, and even cross party lines. Of course, we won’t all agree on every issue, but I do believe this is a moment when our state can come together around a common sense set of actions.

I also want to encourage people to listen to each other and keep listening to each other. I’ve done a lot more listening than talking this week. Sometimes leading involves more listening than talking.

I’ve listened to things that I agree with, and to things I don’t agree with. It’s important to consider all viewpoints.

I’ve broken my action plan down into three sections. Gun laws, school safety, and mental health. We must get this done in the next two weeks.

First, on guns:

I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun. I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who is a danger to themselves or others to use a gun.

I want to create a new program in Florida – I call it the Violent Threat Restraining Order. This concept is very simple, and very common sense in my view.

This will allow a court to prohibit a violent or mentally ill person from purchasing or possessing a firearm or any other weapon when either a family member, community welfare expert or law enforcement officer files a sworn request, and presents evidence to the court of a threat of violence involving firearms or other weapons. There would be speedy due process for the accused and any fraudulent or false statements would face criminal penalties.

Let’s take a moment to look at the case of this killer. This person was not stopped from legally purchasing a weapon, was not arrested, was not detained, and was never forced to turn in his weapons.

Let’s review the warning signs here… he had 39 visits from police, his mother called him in, DCF investigated, he was kicked out of school, he was known to students as a danger to shoot people, and he was reported to the FBI last month as a possible school shooter.

And yet, he was never put on the list to be denied the ability to buy a gun, and his guns were never removed from him.

We will also strengthen gun purchase and possession restrictions for mentally ill individuals under the Baker Act. If a court involuntarily commits someone because they are a risk to themselves or others, they would be required to surrender all firearms and not regain their right to purchase or possess a firearm until a court hearing. We are also proposing a minimum 60-day period before individuals can ask a court to restore access to firearms.

Also, we will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older. Let me repeat – we will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older.

There will be exceptions for active duty and reserve military and spouses, National Guard members, and law enforcement.

Next, we will prohibit a person from possessing or purchasing a firearm if they are subject to an injunction for protection against stalking, cyberstalking, dating violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, or domestic violence.

We will establish enhanced criminal penalties for threats to schools, like social media threats of shootings or bombings. We will also enhance penalties if any person possesses or purchases a gun after they have been deemed by state law to not have access to a gun.

And, we will completely ban the purchase or sale of bump stocks.

The second part of my action plan provides $450 million to keep students safe.

Today, I am calling for a mandatory law enforcement officer in every public school. These law enforcement officers must either be sworn sheriff’s deputies or police officers and be present during all hours students are on campus.

The size of the campus should be a factor in determining staffing levels by the county sheriff’s office, and I am proposing at least one law enforcement officer for every 1,000 students. This must be implemented by the start of the 2018 school year.

We will also provide sheriff’s departments the authority to train additional school personnel or reserve law enforcement officers to protect students if requested by the local school board.

And, we will require mandatory active shooter training as outlined by the Department of Homeland Security. All training and code red drills must be completed during the first week of each semester in all public schools. Both faculty and students must participate in active shooter drills and local sheriff’s offices must approve and be involved in training.

We are also increasing funding in the Safe Schools Allocation to address specific school safety needs within each school district. This includes school hardening measures like metal detectors, bullet-proof glass, steel doors, and upgraded locks. The Florida Department of Education, with FDLE, will also provide minimum school safety and security standards by July 1st to all school districts.

All school safety plans must be submitted to their county sheriff’s office by July 1st each year for approval. Once all plans and requests for school hardening have been approved by the county sheriff’s office, in consultation with local police, plans will be forwarded to the Department of Education by the school district to receive any state funds.

School districts must also take all capital outlay funds received from taxpayers and use it for school hardening before it can be spent on any other capital outlay. All safe school allocations must be spent in accordance with the sheriff approved plans.

We will also require each school district that receives a Safe Schools Allocation to enter into an agreement with the local sheriff’s office, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Law Enforcement and any community behavioral health provider for the purpose of sharing information. That will allow us to better coordinate services in order to provide prevention or intervention strategies.

We will also establish a new, anonymous K-12 “See Something, Say Something” statewide, dedicated hotline, website and mobile app.

Next, we will establish funding to require access to dedicated mental health counselors to provide direct counseling services to students at every school. These counselors cannot serve dual roles, like teaching or academic advising. Every student must have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a mental health professional, and receive ongoing counseling as needed.

Each school will be required to have a threat assessment team including a teacher, a local law enforcement officer, a human resource officer, a DCF employee, a DJJ employee, and the principal to meet monthly to review any potential threats to students and staff at the school.

Finally, we will require crisis intervention training for all school personnel. This training must be completed before the start of the 2018 school year.

The final part of my action plan includes $50 million in additional funding for mental health initiatives.

We must expand mental health service teams statewide to serve youth and young adults with early or serious mental illness by providing counseling, crisis management and other critical mental health services.

We are also requiring every sheriffs’ office to have a DCF case manager embedded in their department to solely work as a crisis welfare worker for repeat cases in the community. This will require 67 additional employees to be hired at DCF by July 15th.

Finally, we will provide law enforcement and mental health coordination matching grants to allow sheriffs to establish special law enforcement teams to coordinate with DCF case managers.

Before I take your questions, I want to close with this.

The goal of this plan of action is to make massive changes in protecting our schools, provide significantly more resources for mental health, and do everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of those dealing with mental problems or threating harm to themselves or others.

I know there are some who are advocating a mass takeaway of 2nd amendment rights for all Americans. That is not the answer.

Keeping guns away from dangerous people and people with mental issues is what we need to do.

I do know that some are going to accuse me of unfairly stigmatizing those who struggle with mental illness. I reject that. I am not asking them to wear a scarlet letter, nor am I unsympathetic to their plight. I have a family member who has dealt with these issues. It is hard on them and it is hard on the family.

But, what I am saying is no one with mental issues should have access to guns.

It’s common sense, and it is in their own best interest, not to mention the interests of our communities.

And much of what I’m proposing involves giving law enforcement the ability to stop people from harming themselves and others, while giving them the tools to keep our schools safe.

We know for certain that we cannot simply rely on the current federal background check system.

This killer should not have been able to purchase or even possess a weapon.

And we know that the federal government can’t even be counted on to investigate or act on serious and credible threats as we saw with the FBI’s complete failure.

It’s obvious we can’t trust the federal process which is why we have to make these changes here in Florida.

I’m an NRA member, a supporter of the 2nd amendment, and the 1st amendment, and the entire bill of rights for that matter. I’m also a father, and a grandfather, and a Governor.

We all have a difficult task in front of us… balancing our individual rights with our obvious need for public safety.

But of course, some will say it’s too much, and some will say it is not enough. I respect everyone’s opinion, and I don’t ridicule those who disagree with me. An open dialogue is crucial.

But, I will not accept the old, tired political notion that we don’t have enough time to get anything done. Government does not have to be slow or lethargic. And when it comes to protecting our schools and our kids, we need to be swift and decisive.

I also understand that I am proposing half a billion dollars for school safety and mental health initiatives.

But let me be clear – there is nothing more important than the safety of our children. Our kids deserve nothing less. Fortunately, our economy is booming, and we have the resources to protect our schools and our students.

And, if providing this funding means we won’t be able to cut taxes this year – so be it.

And, if we have to give up some of the projects we all hold near and dear – so be it.

We are all elected to come to Tallahassee to represent the best interests of Floridians. And, today, there is nothing more important than to do all we can to make sure a horrific and evil act like the Parkland shooting never happens again.

To read the Governor’s full major action plan, click HERE.

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The full report on Governor Scott’s plan.…/2018/02/MajorActionPlan_02.23.18.pdf

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The Senate and House plan on school safety: SENATE

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2018


Contact: Katie Betta
(850) 487-5229

Leaders of the Florida House and Senate Announce School Safety Proposal

Tallahassee–Leaders of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives today announced a comprehensive package of legislation to improve the safety and security of Florida students and schools. Senate legislation will be heard in the Committee on Rules, chaired by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers), on Monday, February 26, 2018.

“It has been one week since I visited Stoneman Douglas High School, but the scene of horror that we viewed was so troubling it feels like we were there earlier today. I cannot imagine how those who survived the attack must feel as they face the vivid memories of that day,” said Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart).

“Earlier this week I had the opportunity to celebrate the life of Peter Wang and to learn about his hopes and dreams to one day serve our country as a member of the United States Army. Those dreams, and the hopes and dreams of each person senselessly murdered last week will never be realized because of the criminal acts of one person,” continued President Negron. “Nothing we will do in the State Legislature will fill the void created in the families of the victims, their school, or their community, but we can honor their memory by taking the appropriate steps at the federal, state and local levels to help reduce the chance that a tragedy like this could ever happen again.”

A summary of the proposal announced today is attached. The following pieces of Senate legislation will be available via the Senate website later today.

· Senate Proposed Bill 7022 – Firearm Safety
· Senate Proposed Bill 7024 – Public Records
· Senate Proposed Bill 7026 – School Safety

Video of today’s announcement, including remarks from Senate President-Designate Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) and Senator Benacquisto is available at

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Full coverage of the press conference can be downloaded here and may be used without attribution


Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Speaker-designate Jose Oliva released the following statements after appearing at a press conference with leaders of the Florida Senate announcing a sweeping new school safety reform package.

Speaker Corcoran said, "I was moved by my conversations with some truly brave and remarkable students this week. Their commitment to ensuring no school ever endures another tragedy is inspirational. The school safety reform package we introduce today is a game changer. We bring consistency to firearms law, invest heavily in early detection and mental heath, bring common sense protections to our schools, and learn lessons from past mistakes to fix going forward. I want to thank the young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as many of our Democratic colleagues for their courage and good faith in this vital work."

Speaker-designate Oliva said, "The parents and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School endured unspeakable tragedy at the hands of evil. But their input and passion helped inspire what we are doing today. As I said to students I met, it is imperative that these reforms translate to real world solutions under the Constitution. Most importantly, this legislation will enable us to fully understand where the breakdowns in the system occurred so the same mistakes are not repeated in the future. I'd like to thank the courageous students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who tirelessly advocated for these important school safety reforms, as well as our Democratic colleagues who have worked with us from day one in good faith in helping to craft this legislation."

Announcement Highlights

School Safety

· Improve school security capabilities through additional school resource and security officers, school hardening, programs.
· Establish safe school and security standards, review school safety and security plans, implement a school safety specialist training program, and update risk assessment procedures.
· Require training for school safety specialists as well as students and faculty.
· Require emergency drills for active shooter and hostage situations involving students, school personnel, and law enforcement experts.
· A “marshal” program to enhance safety and security in schools through the use of law enforcement trained and screened school personnel who function as part of school security teams.

Firearm Safety

· Establish new restrictions on purchase and ownership of firearms (all types)
· Increase the minimum age for purchasing a firearm to 21 years except for persons in law enforcement and active military personnel.
· Establish a 3-day waiting period for purchase of firearms except for concealed weapons permit holders or persons who complete a 16-hour hunter safety course approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Provides time for criminal history checks.
· Ban bump stocks.
· Enhance restrictions for persons subject to involuntary examination and commitment (Baker Act)
· Provide law enforcement and the court with the tools to enhance public safety by temporarily restricting firearm possession by person who is undergoing a mental health crisis and when there is evidence of a threat of violence.
· Prohibit a person adjudicated mentally defective or committed to a mental institution from owning or purchasing a firearm or obtaining concealed weapon license. Current law prohibits purchase, but does not limit possession.

Mental Health

· Improve responses to students presenting a danger to themselves or others
· Codify and enhance the activities of the multiagency network for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (SEDNET).
· Require each school district to designate a school safety specialist and each school to establish a threat assessment team to provide a coordinated approach to evaluating and responding to students who pose a threat of violence.
· Remove barriers preventing school district and law enforcement authorities from referring students appropriately to mental health services

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The video of the joint House/Senate press conference

2/23/18 House and Senate Press Conference on School Safety Proposal TERMS of USE: Programming produced by The Florida Channel CANNOT be used for political, campaign, advocacy or commercial purposes! ANY editing, embedding or distribution without permission is strictly PROHIBITED. Direct linking to c...
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The video of the Governor's press conference

2/23/18 Governor’s Press Conference on Action Plan to Keep Florida Students Safe TERMS of USE: Programming produced by The Florida Channel CANNOT be used for political, campaign, advocacy or commercial purposes! ANY editing, embedding or distribution without permission is strictly PROHIBITED. Dire...
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Proposed bill on public records

Public Records/Victim of a Crime of Mass Violence; Providing an exemption from public records requirements for the address of a victim of a crime of mass violence that has occurred on the grounds of a K-12 school or a postsecondary education institution or the address of an immediate family member o...
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The Governor's proposal for school safety comes largely from the emergency meetings that took place on Tuesday. Three emergency meetings took place during the on Tuesday and then members from each of those meetings met with the Governor on Tuesday evening to provide him a summary of the meeting discussion earlier in the day. This is the video of the summary meeting. If you don't know where to access the others and want to watch them, let me know and I will post them.

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In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14th, Governor Scott organized workshops with state and local leaders. He discusses the findings of those workshops at this roundtable. Click on the link to watch the Press Availability with Governor Rick Sco...