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  • District 3 Rep. Jayer Williamson June 2019 Newsletter

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    June 25, 2019
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    | JUNE 2019 |
    Rep. Williamson Member Projects
    Approved in 2019 State Budget
    On Fri., June 21 Governor Ron DeSantis signed the 2019 State Budget into law. While the original $91.1 Billion budget saw member project vetoes totaling $131.28 Million, a number of Rep. Williamson's projects remained including the North Santa Rosa Regional Water Reclamation Facility in District 3. This facility is a vital part of our district's infrastructure as it impacts the military mission of NAS Whiting Field, future economic development and the protection of our natural resources.
    Additionally, all of Rep. Williamson's Hurricane Michael recovery-related appropriations survived the Governor's veto pen. These projects allow those in the Panhandle to repair critical infrastructure damaged in the wake of the storm. Several of the Representative's statewide projects also received funding, including the Learning Through Listening program, which directly benefits local school children in District 3. Farm Share, which assists with providing food during disasters and to communities in need, was also among his statewide projects to receive funding. The Military-Connected Schools Initiative and the Roster Management System for Correctional Facilities remained in this year's budget as well.
    HB 475 - Certificates of Title for Vessels Sponsored by Rep. Williamson Signed Into Law
    Earlier this month, Gov. DeSantis signed HB 475 into law, creating the Uniform Certificate of Title Act. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Williamson in the House is a vital tool in the effort to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed or stolen boats. Similar to systems in place that protect consumers when they purchase automobiles, this program boat owners to disclose major hull-damage on the title. This prevents someone from buying a salvaged boat, making only cosmetic repairs and then selling the boat as an almost new vessel. Ultimately this protects the new owner from becoming stranded in a life-or-death situation because a boat they believed to be safe was not.
    HB 5301 - Information Technology Reorganization Sponsored by Rep. Williamson Signed Into Law
    Rep. Williamson sponsored HB 5301 as part of Governor DeSantis’ recommendations to reorganize our state’s information technology structure.  The bill brings the Agency for State Technology and the Division of Telecommunications together to form the new Division of State Technology under the Department of Management Services. This transfer includes an initial cost savings of $1 million to the state. The new structure creates efficiencies in procurement and data sharing between state agencies. Additionally, the bill establishes a Cloud-First policy for state agencies and the Florida Cybersecurity Task Force. It also designates the Department of Environmental Protections as the state coordinating agency for Geographic Information Systems and data. 
    Governor Signs Immigration Enforcement Bill
    Representative Williamson was on hand, last Fri. in Okaloosa County as Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 168 (Federal Immigration Enforcement) into law. Rep. Williamson co-sponsored the companion House bill, which was proposed by Rep. Cord Byrd (District 11). The bill prohibits state and local governments from having sanctuary policies in effect and requires such entities to support and cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
    Happy 4th of July
    We hope you and your family enjoy celebrating our nation's birthday.
    In observance of the holiday our offices will be closed on July 4 and re-open on July 5.
    2020 Session Committee Weeks
    The Florida House of Representatives schedule for the upcoming 2019 interim committee weeks for 2020 Legislative
    Session are as follows:
    • September 16 - 20
    • October 14 - 18
    • October 21 - 25
    • November 4 - 8
    • November 12 - 15
    • December 9 - 13
    The 2020 Legislative Session begins Tues., January 14.
    July 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, July 2
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Tiger Point Community Center
    1370 Tiger Park Ln, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
    Thursday, July 18
    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