Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, may be best known for representing constituents in Pinellas County, but a portion of his district stretches across the bay and includes parts of SouthShore.
Rouson will hold a town hall meeting to connect with voters on this side of the bay at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the county building at 410 30th St. SE, Ruskin.
The forum takes place before the beginning of the legislative session and will involve discussions about the governor's budget, election reform, pension changes and the bills Rouson is sponsoring. The meeting will then be opened for questions. Rouson will hold more town hall meetings at the end of the session.
The legislator is focusing on three major bills. The elections bill would expand the list of early voting sites and increase the number of days and hours for early voting. The grandparents visitation rights bill would allow grandparents of minors to petition for visitation rights. The drug paraphernalia bill would prohibit the sale of some types of smoking pipes.
Rouson represents parts of eastern Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
Keeley Sheehan, Times staff writer