Rep. Anderson wants vote chiefs nonpartisan
State Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin, has put out a press release listing the bills he is behind in the upcoming session.
Among them: a bill that would make supervisors of elections in Florida nonpartisan. It's an old idea that to many sounds outright sensible. The full text of Anderson's release is below. There's only a passing mention of the SOE bill.
Will Van Sant, Times staff writer
Rep. Anderson Introduces Bills to Improve Health Care and Efficiency in State Government
Rep. Tom Anderson, (R-Dunedin/Holiday) will soon be leaving for Tallahassee to attend the 60-day 2009 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. While he is gone, his district office at 2236 U.S. 19 will be staffed by his executive secretary Evelyn Haas. His legislative assistant Tracy Caddell will be accompanying him to Tallahassee to manage his office in the capitol. The top issues being considered this session include: controlling spending in a difficult economic climate; finding new sources of revenue; Improving health care and education; lowering property taxes; and growth management.
Rep. Anderson will be introducing a number of bills during the session including House Bill 137 that could save the state $200 million in state procurement costs by making major improvements in competitive bidding, contract negotiation, contract management, and professional development. Rep. Anderson has filed House Bill 107, which would license and regulate the locksmith profession in Florida, to protect our consumers and families. His bill on Health Care Representatives, House Bill 153 would permit designation of someone to make health care decisions without determining incapacity of patient. House Bill 301, Supervisor of Elections, would change the office of county supervisors of elections to a non-partisan office.
House Bill 235, Women’s Healthy Heart Screening, would create a pilot project to screen low-income women for heart disease. The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) has the need to establish its own direct support organization which would accept donations from private sources to fund programs for Florida’s seniors not included in the DOEA budget. Rep. Anderson has filed House Bill 747, which would allow the direct support organization to become a not-for-profit 501 C(3) organization.
Rep. Anderson has been very supportive of the Silver Alert Program in Florida which was established by Gov. Crist by executive order this fall. The Silver Alert System will notify law enforcement and the public when Alzheimer’s or dementia patients wander away from their home. It is similar to the Amber Alert System currently in place for missing children. Rep. Anderson has filed a House Memorial on the Silver Alert Program, House Bill 753, to encourage Congress to authorize Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ bill on funding Silver Alert Programs in all the states.
Rep. Anderson was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2002 and re-elected in November 2004, 2006, and 2008 to consecutive 2-year terms to serve the constituents of District 45. He is now in his last term due to term limits. He is chairman of the Elder and Family Services Policy Committee, vice chairman of the Healthy Seniors Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Full Appropriations Council on General Government & Health Care, General Government Policy Council, and the Health and Family Services Policy Council. District 45 includes portions of Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, and Moon Lake in Pasco County and portions of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, and the city of Dunedin in Pinellas County.
To contact Rep. Anderson’s district office for more information on bills, call (727) 943-4760.