Here are the priorities for Southwest Florida lawmakers entering the 2010 legislative session that starts Tuesday (take the polls below and tell us what you think):
Sen. Dave Aronberg, District 27
D-Greenacres (includes south Lee)
Fort Myers District Office: (239) 338-2646
Capital Office: (850) 487-5356
1. Protect homeowners from certain foreclosure actions without court access.
2. Bolster regulations to deal with Chinese drywall issues.
3. Restrict campaign contributions to electioneering committees, CCE’s.
4. Eliminate statute of limitations on sexual battery, bolster restrictions on sexual predators.
5. Allow recent veterans to receive Florida retirement credits for military service.
Sen. Garrett Richter, District 37
Naples District Office: (239) 417-6205
Capital Office: (850) 487-5124
1. Promote economic development and employment initiatives.
2. Produce a balanced budget that doesn’t raise fees or taxes.
3. Allow for secret ballot at union organizing votes.
4. Bolster regulations on financially troubled international banks.
5. Continue reforms in property insurance arena.
Rep. David Rivera, District 112
District Office: (239) 434-5094
Capital Office (850) 488-7897
1. Provide back-to-school sales tax holiday.
2. Protect concealed weapons licensing program from trust fund raids.
3. Prohibit travel agents from booking trips to terrorist nations.
4. Restrict the assessment on back taxes on qualified property.
5. Urge Congress to repeal some federal tax requirements for local government.
Tom Grady, District 76
District Office: (239) 417-6200
Capital Office: (850) 488-4487
1. Bolster regulations for financially troubled international banks operating in Florida.
2. Enhance penalties and modernize laws affecting money laundering.
3. Extend vesting period for new state employees.
4. Streamline foreclosure process and provide incentives for uncontested actions to go forward without court appearance.
5. Provide tax cap of $18,000 on watercraft sales tax.
Matt Hudson, District 101
District Office: (239) 417-6270
Capital Office: (850) 488-1028
1. Agency for Health Care Administration deregulation.
2. Ease restrictions of bulk purchases of distressed condominiums.
3. Bolster licensing requirements/oversight for debt settlement agents.
4. Require cost/benefit analysis of proposed legislation.
5. Establish civics course requirements in middle school.
Trudi Williams, District 75
District Office: (239) 433-6775
Capital Office: (850) 488-2047
1. Create pilot program requiring drug testing for unemployment compensation.
2. Prohibit sale of invasive reptiles including pythons and others deemed pests.
3. Revise water supply standards to ease ability to redistribute water around the state.
4. Provide incentives for development in brownfields.
5. Set up and maintain a uniform system for surface water mitigation.