Montford supports Floridians with votes in Senate

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

TALLAHASSEE—The 2014 Legislative Session was productive and meaningful for the State of Florida. Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) was an active part in passing many bills that will help the hardworking communities of North Florida. Senator Montford maintained strong advocacy for the needs of his eleven counties; Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. When asked about the 2014 Session Senator Montford said, “The country can easily look to Florida as an example of how common-sense and principled answers can be found on both sides of the aisle and quite frankly in the middle of the aisle. We have and will continue to work together, Senate and House, Democrat and Republican to do what is best for Florida.” In the 2014 Session, Senator Montford helped to shape the following legislative decisions:

Springs Protection: Montford co-sponsored legislation with four other Senators in a bi-partisan effort that became known as the “Springs Bill”. It addressed the many water issues that the State of Florida is facing. While the bill passed the Senate, it did not make it out of the House. “We started very important and dire conversations about the state of our invaluable and irreplaceable springs in Florida and we have every intention of continuing them next year,” said Montford.

Maintaining the Florida Retirement System and State Employee Health Insurance: Montford is well known in the Senate as an advocate and voice for state workers and as such he helped to maintain the current, sturdy Florida Retirement System that faced many challenges throughout the 2014 Session. He was also instrumental in defending the well-managed health insurance policies for state workers.

Preservation of the Instructional Materials Process: Montford was pivotal in the preservation of the statewide instructional materials process, which will not only maintain cost savings for local school districts but also give parents more opportunity for input in their child’s learning materials.

Effective Timeline for School Accountability: As a long time educator, Montford advocated for a realistic timeline to ensure the proper implementation of the many facets in the Public School Accountability program including technology and testing.

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 hard working Floridians much needed tax cuts totaling $500 million. It included reduced annual motor vehicle license renewal registration fee. This alone will save drivers between $20 and $25 each.

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