In recognition of his vision, leadership and multi-year support for the 2021 Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction bill (SB 274), The Children’s Campaign recently presented a Superhero Protector of Children Award to Florida Senator Keith Perry. [Read more…] about Florida Senator Keith Perry Receives Award for Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction Bill (SB 274)
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Senator Keith Perry’s bill to promote well-rounded elementary education by increasing access to music classes in elementary schools has been signed into law with full funding. [Read more…] about Senator Keith Perry’s Bill to Increase Music Education in Elementary Schools Signed into Law with Full Funding
Senator Keith Perry (R- Gainesville) garnered unanimous support in the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee today for legislation which would allow confidentiality for first responders who seek personal and professional support from their peers. [Read more…] about Senator Keith Perry Presents Bill to Address First Responder Suicide Rates
Senator Keith Perry (R- Gainesville) received unanimous support in the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee today for legislation which would extend the age that children are required to ride in booster seats through the age of six-years-old. [Read more…] about Senator Keith Perry Receives Unanimous Support for Booster Seat Safety
Earlier this week, Senator Keith Perry (R- Gainesville) passed a provision through the Senate Infrastructure & Security Committee to enhance Booster Seat safety by requiring children to ride in a booster seat through the age of six. [Read more…] about Senator Keith Perry Announces Legislation Promoting Booster Seat Safety
Senator Keith Perry, Chair of the Putnam County Legislative Delegation, makes the following announcement regarding the public hearing and deadlines. [Read more…] about Senator Perry Announces Putnam County Legislative Delegation Meeting
Senator Keith Perry, Chair of the Alachua County Legislative Delegation, makes the following announcement regarding the delegation public hearing and deadlines. [Read more…] about Senator Perry Announces Alachua County Legislative Delegation Meeting
Senator Perry (R- Gainesville) today announced that Governor Scott signed into law a bill earlier this week that expands Project Leo, a state-funded program that provides locating technology to aid search-and-rescue efforts for persons on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In 2016, the Florida Legislature created a pilot program known as Project Leo, which was named after 9-Year-old Leo Walker of Live Oak, FL who wandered away from home in 2014. Project Leo works to provide devices to aid search and rescue efforts for persons with special needs in the case of elopement.
“All too often we hear of tragic stories coming from our communities about persons who have gone missing,” Senator Perry said. “This legislation will provide a vital resource and peace of mind for so many families dealing with this issue.”
Senate Bill 1156 expands this voluntary program statewide for autistic children and others with a history of elopement. The program is administered through a partnership between the state university Center for Autism Related Diseases (CARD) program and local law enforcement.
“The signing of this legislation is a giant step forward in protecting some of Florida’s vulnerable citizens,” Senator Perry concluded. “I commend my colleagues in the House and the Senate for passing this common sense legislation, and working together to improve public safety for all Floridians.”
Senator Keith Perry makes the following announcement regarding the delegation public hearing and deadlines.
The Alachua County Legislative Delegation Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19th, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The public hearing will take place at the Santa Fe College NW Campus Fine Arts Hall, located at 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, Florida for the purpose of taking public testimony on issues facing the State of Florida and consideration of local bills.
To be placed on the agenda to address the Alachua County Legislative Delegation, please fill out the attached appearance form and email it to Joseph ([email protected]) in Senator Perry’s office by Wednesday, September 13th. All materials or handouts for this meeting must sent to Joseph in Senator Perry’s office no later than Friday, September 15th, 2017.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Chapter 286.26 Florida Statutes, persons in need of special accommodations to participate in the meeting, including agendas, interpreters or assisted listening devices shall contact the office of Senator Perry’s office no later than two weeks prior to scheduled meeting so accommodations can be satisfied.
The Alachua County Legislative Delegation meeting is open to the public. One or more county and/or city commissioners may be in attendance.
Senator Keith Perry this week filed Senate Bill 490, a bill relating to a tax exemption on school supplies. This bill does not allow taxes to be collected on the sale of certain school supplies from August 4th through August 14th of this year.
“For Florida’s hardworking families, every dollar counts at back-to-school time,” said Senator Perry. “I am proud to sponsor this common sense plan to put money back in the pockets of parents across the state.”
Some of the items that fall into the category of ‘tax exempt’ during the period prescribed above are:
- Clothing, wallets, backpacks, and sneakers that have a sales price of $100 or less per item;
- Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, lunch boxes, markers, and calculators that have a sales price of $15 or less per item;
- And laptop or desktop computers that have a sales price of $1,000 or less per item.
“As I talk to folks across north central Florida, I hear the same thing over and over – people are working hard to do right by their children,” Senator Perry concluded. “Any steps we can take legislatively to lessen the burden on Florida’s families is a step in the right direction.”