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AFP-Florida April Newsletter

April 01, 2011 J

AFPF-FL’S FIRST ANNUAL SUMMIT A SUCCESS!

Thank you to all of the activists that made the trip to Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 29th to join AFP and AFP Foundation for our first Annual Summit and Day at the Capitol. The summit gave activists an opportunity to visit with elected officials, attend and
testify at committee meetings, and learn about e-communications, grassroots, and legislative issues at our break-out sessions. We ended the day of activism and training with an energizing dinner with guest speakers including Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos,
AFP President Tim Phillips, Comedian Stephen Kruiser, and the always motivating Herman Cain.

We also recognized a number of activists and grassroots leaders from around the state for their continuous support and efforts ??? Tom Tillison, Cheryl Couture, Clyde Fabretti, Don Forward, Frantz Kebreau, Kris Anne Hall, Jason Hoyt and Jerome
Hudson. Congrats and thank you for everything that you do!

Watch a video from the day here.

WEEKLY ROUND-UP ??? THE FOURTH WEEK OF SESSION

The legislative session is continuing to speed ahead and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. This week, the House and Senate unveiled their 2011-12 budget recommendations, voted on Medicaid reform, and discussed many other significant issues
including pension reform, charter school expansion, and judicial reform.

Read all about the past week in Tallahassee
here.

ACTION ALERT: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE EPA’S POWER GRAB

The Obama administration is bypassing Congress to implement outrageous global warming initiatives on the entire U.S. economy through the EPA. The American people and Congress rejected the cap-and-trade energy tax scheme, but Obama is going around
Congress to install global warming rules anyways.

Congress must stop the EPA’s power grab and this egregious overstep of bureaucratic rulemaking.

Click here to send a message to your elected officials telling them to support efforts to rein in the EPA.

ISSUE HIGLIGHT:
WHY FLORIDA NEEDS TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM

Three years ago, the state began much needed reforms to their out-dated telecommunications regulations. This year, there are two bills filed that aim to continue the process of eliminating the burdensome regulations on land-line providers. Read

why these reform measures are important here.

ISSUE HIGHLIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF INSURANCE REFORM

This is an issue you will continue to hear much about this session. There are a number of bills filed that aim to improve the current situation in Florida ??? one that is considered to be a crisis and potentially disastrous to the future of
our state. AFP-FL has joined with a coalition of groups to support the importance of addressing insurance reform, specifically the necessity of shrinking the state-run insurer, Citizen’s Property Insurance Corp.

Read more here.

BUILD YOUR OWN BUDGET

The House of Representatives has created a website where you can make line-by-line budget cuts aimed at decreasing government spending and filling the budget deficit. This great tool allows you to see the effect of the cuts you would like to
see implemented on the overall budget.

Visit the site here.

STAY INFORMED

Follow AFP-FL on
Facebook
and Twitter (@AFPFlorida) for regular updates on the issues facing Floridians at both the state and federal levels, and check our

www.KeepEmHonestFlorida.com
website for bill tracking and legislative alerts.

Don’t miss out on the things happening in Tallahassee just because you aren’t able to travel to the Capital. You can watch legislative committee meetings and debates live on the internet. Streams are available at the House website

here
and on the
Florida Channel.

AFP-FL’S 2011 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Read about the bills that AFP-FL has prioritized
for this session and see where they are in the process here.

You can also see all the bills we are following
on our updated Keep ‘Em Honest Bill Tracking here.

BRING "KEEP ‘EM HONEST" TO YOU

Would you like to have AFP-FL’s State Director Apryl Marie Fogel come speak to your group about our "Keep ‘EM Honest" Initiative? We can talk about the ways to build effective relationships with your elected officials and local media outlets,
how to track legislation, get involved and stay engaged.

Contact us at
info.FL@afphq.org
to request a speaker.

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