District 3 Digest: Your Monthly E-Newsletter from Commissioner Julie Fishman

Florida Legislative Session Update

Welcome to March, the beginning of spring and the beginning of the Florida Legislative session. For those who don’t know, I spent 12 years working in the Florida Legislature as an aide to several senators, including Nan Rich who now serves on the Broward County Commission and represents a portion of Tamarac. I also served as an analyst in the Senate Minority Office. Because of this, I have stayed very involved in what’s happening in Tallahassee.
While the session starts on Tuesday, March 7th there are already a plethora of bills that have been filed. These bills range from good to bad, to even worse, depending on your view. I can only voice my opinion. Some of the bills and issues I will be speaking out against include the following:

  • HB 17 – Local Regulation Preemption – This bill would preempt or take away a local government’s ability to regulate businesses, professions and occupations.
  • There are a number of gun bills that would allow a person with an open carry permit to carry guns into areas that are currently prohibited such as schools, public meetings like our Commission meetings, and some areas of an airport. 
  • Our city, along with many others in Broward County, awaits the laws to implement the passage of the use of medical marijuana, before we can make any sensible regulations regarding the growth, sale or distribution of it.
  • Governor Scott has requested $618 million in tax cuts including a number of sales-tax holidays that would cost the state $98 million. While some may benefit from the tax cuts, the loss of dollars will be felt somewhere in the state’s budget because the Florida Constitution requires our state to have a balanced budget.

The legislative session runs for 60 days and there will be many more bills and issues to be watched. I will keep you posted on what passes and what fails.

Veterans Honor Wall

Veterans Honor Wall

The Tamarac Historical Society in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation department is still collecting the names of our residents who have served in the military to add to the Honor Wall at Veterans’ Memorial Park. In order to qualify, you must be a veteran who was honorably discharged, have your DD214, and proof of Tamarac residency.

If you or someone you know have not yet added your name to the over 800 already collected, please go to https://forms.tamarac.org/f/TamaracVeterans. The deadline for the next panel is March 15th.

Seniors vs Crime logo

An Important Resource for Seniors

Seniors, did you know there is now a place you can go for help if you feel you have been the victim of a scam or crime? Our very own Seniors vs Crime office has opened up at the BSO Tamarac District headquarters next to City Hall. The primary goal of the Seniors vs Crime project is to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for specific crimes or scams, based on their age.
The program provides various educational and crime prevention programs to senior citizen groups, investigates complaints and seeks restitution for seniors in appropriate instances, and provides investigative agencies with senior volunteers to assist with specific investigations.  Click here for more information.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

I am continuing to reach out to all of the community association presidents in District 3 to speak at neighborhood meetings and find out what’s important to residents. I am also reaching out to club presidents. If you belong to your association or a club, please ask your president if it is possible for me to speak to the group at an upcoming meeting.
If you have a question, concern or idea please contact me at Julie.fishman@tamarac.org.

Warm regards,

Julie Fishman

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