Montford supports Floridians with Senate votes

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

Local pharmacy choice: Communities will now be able to choose their local pharmacies or mail-order when ordering prescriptions on the State Group Insurance PPO (Preferred Provider Organization).

Tax cuts: The Florida Legislature came together this year to offer many hardworking Floridians much-needed tax cuts totaling $500 million. It included reduced annual motor vehicle license renewal registration fee, which alone will save drivers between $20 and $25 each.

Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC): The Legislature passed legislation to help cities in RACEC communities avert the cost of removing or relocating utility lines on the State Highway System in certain circumstances, by allowing FDOT to pay for such costs. In addition, the legislation will allow municipalities within a RACEC or a RACEC community to compete for project funding using Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) criteria.

Flood Insurance Legislation: Legislation was also passed to establish a private flood insurance market in Florida, which will hopefully lower flood insurance rates for Florida citizens. The proposal is aimed at addressing the federal flood insurance crisis caused by the rising rates being imposed by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Budget Items: In recognition of the importance of acting this year on Florida’s springs, the legislature funded $25 million for spring’s restoration plus another $1.7 million for springs monitoring.

The legislature recognized the importance of improved learning environments for children and funded $14 million for public school construction in Montford’s district.

The Senate and the House agreed on $6,937.23 per student, public school funding, which is $176 more per student than last year, and totals $18.9 billion towards public schools.



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