Per Virgina Hill: “I just spoke with my representative and he has assured me that he is working with Rep. Dorothy Hukill and Rep. Denise Grimsley on removing us from the bill HB5005. He urges every licensed interior designer and every commercial client that you have that would be affected by this bill, to continue to contact your personal representatives as well as any other areas of Florida where you might do work. Continue letters and calls to Rep. Hukill, Rep. Grimsley and Speaker Cannon’s office as well. Continue letters and calls to the Governor, his words were, DO NOT LET UP, I think they are beginning to get it!
He has also confirmed to me that we need to begin focusing on getting ourselves removed from the Senate’s sister bill SB1824 now, before it gets passed in their committee. This will help force the change in the house in order to let it get passed. Realize you are not going to stop a bill during an appropriations (budget) meeting, and don’t be discouraged because it was not, he still feels everyone’s efforts helped to bring to light the real issues. There is just TOO MANY issues during appropriations to stop an entire budget for it at that point.
Our best chance right now is to get busy with the Senate side: The bill SB1824 will be heard in a meeting of the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism & Economic Development on 04/05/11 at 10:15 AM. The bill is SB1824 and is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays; 850-487-5014; firstname.lastname@example.org he and the following members of the Subcommittee below need to be our immediate targets. If you have not discovered using the following web sites to track the bills and committee members, I highly suggest it. It is easier to email letters from it. If anyone knows someone who knows Senator Hays this could be key.
You can go to these pages click on representatives or senators or committees at the top and then left click on the names and you will get all contact information and even another click and an easy way to email right from there.
Below is a list of the subcommittee members for tomorrow’s meeting so we need to get going fast!
Senator Don Gaetz (R)
Senator Gwen Margolis (D)
• Senator JD Alexander (R)
• Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
• Senator Michael S. “Mike” Bennett (R)
• Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff (R)
• Senator Larcenia J. Bullard (D)
• Senator Charles S. “Charlie” Dean, Sr. (R)
• Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R)
• Senator Greg Evers (R)
• Senator Mike Fasano (R)
• Senator Anthony C. “Tony” Hill, Sr. (D)
• Senator Jack Latvala (R)
• Senator Jim Norman (R)
• Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (D)
• Senator Christopher L. “Chris” Smith (D)
• Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)”
Thanks to Virginia Hill for the above information