Do you know how your state legislator voted in 2012 on key issues that affect Floridians 50+?
AARP Florida is working to help arm millions of older Florida voters with information about how state legislators have voted each session. In the 2012 legislative Session, AARP’s Florida advocates tracked votes on key issues ranging from cracking down on abuse in assisted living facilities to holding down utilities costs. The 2012 voting record is available below. The initial project was so successful that AARP will repeat the process in 2013.
“Every session, legislators decide issues that are very important for Floridians 50+,” said AARP Florida’s Jeff Johnson, state director. “But it’s not always easy for you to figure out exactly how your legislator voted on issues important to you. To make that research easier, AARP has collected legislators’ votes on key issues affecting older Floridians throughout the state legislative session.”
“In this process, we’ve heard from legislators on both sides of the aisle. They know we’re watching them,” Johnson said.
As in 2012, AARP will alert legislators during the 2013 session that certain proposals will be considered key votes for the purposes of the voting-record project. Because issues sometimes change or are defeated in legislative committees, AARP advocates will track the action in committees and on the floor of each legislative chamber, Johnson said.
Issues that AARP Florida may track include utilities issues, legislation intended to curb elder abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities and proposals to penalize texting while driving.
Updates on legislative voting records may be posted on the AARP Florida webpage at http://www.aarp.org/fl. In addition, AARP Florida may share updates with its hundreds of thousands of Florida members who are e-activists.
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