In the state of Florida, many unemployed individuals due to chronic illness experience premature death due to pre-existing conditions that insurance companies will often not cover during the waiting time of applying for disability and/or social security. It is time for the Florida Legislature to put a greater demand on Federal and state health bureaus when it comes to the acceleration of the approval processes for both disability and social security. A state subsidy must be implemented in order to “fill the death gap” for these individuals that have no medical coverage whatsoever while waiting for their disability and social security to be approved.
Our hospitals, doctors’ offices, and medical facilities along with the pharmaceutical companies have raised healthcare prices unnecessarily and tremendously. In most cases, healthcare and medication has become totally unaffordable and many people continue to suffer both physically and financially because of it. It is time to hold our healthcare system accountable for unreasonable patient care costs as well as prescription costs. It is time for the Florida Legislature to begin to pass legislation that will hold these industries accountable and put the power of people’s health back into their hands with a trusted healthcare system assisting them along the way.
Florida is one of the twelve states to not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Especially now, with Democrats desiring to broaden the coverage in the areas of vision, dental, and hearing, It is important that the Florida Legislature decide to expand Medicaid to the people of Florida so that everyone can receive the benefits of total healthcare at a reasonable cost.
I want our Florida
residents to have the chance to buy first. Our current Governor promotes big business and tourism at large while leaving our own hard-working, tax-paying Floridians behind. I want to regulate the buying power and give it back to the people. Investment institutions
such as BlackRock, located in New York City, realize our home state's value and have been purchasing single-family homes and rent-to-own real estate companies while offering up to 25% higher than the asking price. Overseeing these transactions isn't a tamper with the market; however, these companies are price gouging and capitalizing on families in desperate need of housing. Our people cannot compete with this. Let's level the playing field together.
Post-pandemic, Florida now has
the third-largest homeless population in the country. We're living in unprecedented times. One of many takeaways from us all
experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic is the housing insecurity our state experiences. We now know the repercussions of the lack of focus on the basic needs of our people.
Housing is a human right.
I'd like to increase
eligibility, focusing on returning citizens. Once time is served, you should be allowed to participate in the pursuit of happiness, return to the workforce, and have a home to call your own. All sentences are life sentences in this regard. Background checks or credit reports at times lead to homelessness. We need to set new procedures to ensure that our streets stay clear and safe for all people, starting with housing.
Although being a firm believer in free speech and a having a great love for our American media, it is important for the Florida Legislature to intervene as a liaison between the media and the criminal justice department when it comes to news publications that have the ability to tarnish an individual’s reputation for life. Specifically, articles submitted by the justice department to the media on individuals that have either been proven innocent or the charges have been dropped or even renegotiated for first time offenders. It is important for time sensitive legislation to be passed on the mandatory following up of publications when offenders have been redeemed in the court of law in order to not impose a life-sentence consequence on those that have now been proven innocent or rather have been reinstated as a returning citizen desiring and deserving of a second chance in life.
Florida has the third largest prison population in the US with nearly 90,000 in our state prisons and so many more incarcerated in our local jails. It is time for the Florida Legislature to increase the state budget concerning prison reform and to implement the restructuring of legislation concerning sentences as well as reduce the population of inmates on a statewide level through greater rehabilitation incentives as well as legislating for greater post-prison holistic programs that will ensure former inmates a prosperous new beginning.
The rights of Florida’s returning citizens continue to be infringed upon as well as limited. Returning citizens after incarceration and/or the completion of their sentencing should be allowed to return fully to society as respectable human beings with full rights restored. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has continually fought for the livelihood and legislative freedom on behalf of returning citizens. Although some progress has been made, the progress is not enough. It is especially time for the Florida legislature to pass the Landlord Liability Bill (SB 1732) that would require landlords to be fully liable for refusing to lease to a tenant with a criminal record. Many returning citizens are ready to receive a fresh start in life and so far the current Florida legislation has not assisted much in that process. It’s time to change that.
Florida small business’ have always had an innate passion to thrive, naturally expand, and increase innovation that often impacts the entire nation. It is time for the Florida Legislature to release greater funding to small business’ within the state so that the middle-class can begin to thrive and prosper throughout the COVID-19 recovery process as many small business’ have drastically been effected by the pandemic and need to have the opportunity to recover their lost wages and past potential gains.
With rising gas prices and increased current sanctions against nations, it is only reasonable to assume that prices will begin to rise and inflation will continue to increase. Because of this, we will begin to see the nation as a whole move towards the use of green energy due to the rising cost of alternative fuel supplies. Therefore, it is important that the State of Florida begin to implement the use of green energy resources while the demand is still somewhat minimal before it becomes higher. This will save the Florida Legislature money in the future if the state begins to invest in green energy resources now.
President Joe Biden has just passed legislation on behalf of cryptocurrency. Because of the current uncertainty of the dollar due to increasing inflation, it is important that Floridian’s are offered an opportunity to safeguard their funds through blockchain technology. As the world begins to transition further into digital currency, it is important that the Florida Legislature begin to spearhead the transition of the greater use of digital currency through the current safeguard of cryptocurrency.
As a Florida citizen with a license to carry, I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, but the initial intention of our nation's founding has gone amok. This uniquely American right aims to protect citizens against a tyrannical government, but I believe this discretion requires restructuring and reform. Let's not lose another life to gun violence and set history straight. It is our duty as a nation not to abuse our constitutional values but to use them responsibly and with integrity starting with protecting the most vulnerable. It is time to enact common sense gun reform starting here in Florida.
In the state of Florida, the individual that uses drugs often serves just as much time or sometimes even serves more prison time than the one that provided the substance and/or paraphernalia. This circumstance is often overlooked and not taken into consideration when sentencing occurs; it is time to bring justice to this type of victimization.
Often times people spend a good majority of their lives incarcerated for an addiction that they often cannot overcome. Rather than continuing to keep our Florida prisons overcrowded and underfunded, it is time for the Florida legislature to begin to introduce PROACTIVE legislation on behalf of the substance abuser(s) by creating legislative opportunities to further a more in depth approach to rehabilitation and second chance opportunities rather than enabling those struggling with addiction to continue the same vicious cycle of incarceration year after year.
When it comes to legislation in Florida, it is finally time to take the side of criminal reform within the justice system. Because mental illness is on the rise, it is easy for people especially young people to become substance abusers. Because of this, it is important to introduce legislation that will lessen the sentencing of first time drug offenders and offer more programs and governmental incentives that will give them another chance at life and less time behind bars.
When elected as Florida's First Female Governor on my first day in office, I would repel the 15-week abortion ban. That not only disregarded rape and sex trafficking victims but would leave many Floridians facing up to 5 years in prison. From the day I started this campaign, I promised to champion the rights of every Floridian when it comes to making their own healthcare decisions. My fight for reproductive rights will not stop there!