Rep. Steve Crisafulli: Future of Space Bright in the Sunshine State
By Steve Crisafulli // October 31, 2015
Oct. Legislative Update Report
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – At the Associated Press Editor’s meeting in Tallahassee this month, I announced some of the House’s priorities for the upcoming 2016 Legislative Session.
First and foremost, I highlighted the need for the House and Senate to work together this session to complete the Work Plan we committed to last year, including passing comprehensive water policy and strengthening pathways to economic independence for the disabled.
Comprehensive Water Policy Legislation Moves Forward
Water is one of our most precious resources, and I believe ensuring a clean and abundant water supply is critical to Florida’s future.
The House State Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill 7005 earlier this month to address Florida’s water quality and supply challenges in a comprehensive, statewide manner.
This bipartisan bill modernizes our existing water policies to reflect the progress we have made in protecting our water resources and focuses our efforts on the water quality and supply challenges we continue to face through the use of scientifically sound, responsible solutions.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure Florida has abundant, clean water to meet the needs of future generations.
Bill to Increase Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities Advances
In Florida, approximately 13 percent of the general population has a disability.
Ensuring those with disabilities have the opportunity to achieve economic independence is important to making Florida an even better state to live, work, and raise a family.
House Bll 7003, which passed the State Affairs Committee with unanimous support, creates the Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities to provide information and outreach to individuals with disabilities to assist them with their financial security.
In addition, the bill creates the Employment First Act and the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program to help those with disabilities find stable employment. I believe this is a great starting point to help individuals with disabilities achieve economic independence, and I look forward to finding more opportunities to help more Floridians achieve the American dream.
Future of Space Bright in the Sunshine State
Since being elected to the Florida House, I have worked tirelessly with my colleagues in the Legislature to restore Florida’s prominence in space.
Recent jobs announcements – from Blue Origin to Embraer’s Aero Seating Technology facility to Boeing’s commercial crew processing facility to Northrop Grumman winning the contract to build the next generation Stealth Bomber – have all brought good news to Brevard County.
By working to maintain our leadership in space, I believe the Space Coast will have a thriving future and our children will grow up in a Florida where not even the sky is the limit. Please read the full guest column by clicking here.