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  • District 3 Rep. Jayer Williamson April 2019 Newsletter

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    April 25, 2019
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    | APRIL 2019 |
    Budget Updates From Representative Williamson
    Representative Williamson presented a total of 36 appropriations project requests during the 2019 Legislative Session. Two of those requests included HB 4379 - Milton North Santa Rosa Regional Reclamation Facility and HB 4381 - Jay Highway 4 Waterline Replacement. Both projects significantly impact the long-term growth and infrastructure of our community. Use the links below to learn more about the projects.
    HB 4379 - Milton North Santa Rosa Regional Reclamation Facility
    HB 4381 - Jay Highway 4 Waterline Replacement
    Five General Bills Sponsored by
    Representative Williamson Pass on the House Floor
    After navigating the bills through their referred committees with favorable support, Representative Williamson passed five bills on the House Floor during March and April. These bills included three member bills and two Proposed Committee Bills (PCBs). 
    As Chairman of Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Williamson’s PCBs covered information technology reorganization that allows the state to work more efficiently and child support enforcement that brings the state in line with federal requirements. His member bills covered local government permit fee transparency, consumer protection related to vessel titling and the use of genetic testing information for insurance purposes.
    HB 127 - Permit Fees
    This legislation would require governing bodies of counties and municipalities to post their permit/inspection fee schedules as well as building permit/inspection utilization reports on their websites by a specified date. It also provides reporting requirements for such governing bodies.
    HB 475 - Certificates of
    Title for Vessels
    The measures outlined in this bill would provide powerful protections for consumers by adding disclosure information to the Certificate of Title for Vessels. Additionally, the bill also requires the DHSMV to adopt rules to update current practices in order to meet the requirements of the legislation.
    HB 879 – Genetic Information Used for Insurance Purposes
    This bill expands the existing prohibitions on the use of genetic information by insurers. It allows for the inclusion of entities that issue policies for life insurance as well as long-term care insurance.
    HB 5301 - Information Technology Reorg
    This bill is the Governor's recommendation to reorganize the state’s information technology structure. The Agency for State Technology and the Division of Telecommunications, within the Department of Management Services (DMS), are brought together to form the new Division of State Technology within DMS. This bill also creates a Cloud-First policy for state agencies.
    HB 5303 - Child Support Enforcement
    The Legislature provides the Florida Department of Revenue funds to pay the annual fee imposed on behalf of the parents utilizing the state’s Child Support Program.
    The Federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 increased the annual fee from $25 to $35. This bill aligns Florida law to match the new federal requirements for Child Support Enforcement.
    Looking for a specific bill?
    House and Senate bills can be searched by a variety of different ways including: number, text within the bill and the member who is sponsoring the legislation.
    CLICK HERE to search the database.
    2019 Art Competition Winner Harper Lay Visits Tallahassee
    Harper Lay, our inaugural winner for the Why I Love Northwest Florida Art Competition, visited Tallahassee earlier this month with her family.
    In addition to touring the Capitol and learning more about the detailed murals, the Representative recognized Harper from the House floor for her achievement!
    Meet Our Tallahassee Interns
    Serving as an intern in the Florida House of Representatives is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and learn more about the day-to-day operations of State government. This session, two incredibly talented students from Florida State University joined our staff. Jordynn Adams (left) is a Pace High School graduate and currently a senior at FSU majoring in political science. Meredith Harris (right) is a sophomore at FSU and is also a political science major.
    Leadership Groups From Northwest Florida Visit the Capitol
    Leadership Santa Rosa, LEAP (Pensacola) and Leadership Okaloosa visited Tallahassee on April 3 & 4 to tour the Capitol and meet with members of the Northwest Florida delegation. Representative Williamson was one of several members who presented to the groups and conducted an informal Q&A. Leadership participants also attended committee meetings and had the opportunity to watch members pass legislation on the House floor.
    Thank You - Suits for Session a Success
    Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for Volunteer Florida’s Suits for Session program. Representative Williamson dropped off 60+ items to Volunteer Florida staff during the drive at the Capitol on April 11. The items are given to organizations assisting those impacted by Hurricane Michael as they re-enter the workforce.
    May 2019 Constituent Service Days
    Constituent Service Day is held in South Santa Rosa County on the first Tuesday of each month and in North Okaloosa County on the third Thursday each month. Appointments are not required, and meetings are held on a first-come-first-served basis. For additional information, please email HDIST003@myfloridahouse.gov.
    Tuesday, May 7
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Tiger Point Community Center
    1370 Tiger Park Ln, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
    Thursday, May 16
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    UF IFAS Extension Okaloosa County
    3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL 32539
    Jayer Williamson, State Representative
    (850) 995-3698