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State Rep. Janet Cruz honored by American Cancer Society



The state division of the American Cancer Society has named Janet Cruz 2010 Freshman Legislator of the Year. Cruz won the award because she sponsored a bill that would require public education programs to follow American Cancer Society guidelines on breast cancer screening. The ACS recommends that screenings begin at age 40. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the guidelines now used in Florida, recommends screenings beginning at age 50. Cruz's bill failed in committee.

Cruz, a Democrat, was elected to represent District 58 in the state House during a special election early this year. She'll face strip club owner Joe Redner, who is running with no party affiliation, in the general election in November.

Of the six bills Cruz sponsored this year, only one became law. That's HB1493, which imposes sanctions against people who help career offenders evade law enforcement officers. Some of the other failed bills she sponsored would have encouraged equal pay for men and women, and prohibited the distribution of unsolicited checks by credit card companies. Cruz also was one of 30 House members who co-sponsored a bill repealing a ban on gay adoptions. That bill failed.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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