Urgent support of key reform legislators needed NOW
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Our mission this coming legislative session will be to, once again, educate educate, educate. Politics are cyclical and there has been a major overhaul to the political landscape. There is a new legislature coming to Tallahassee. Republicans have their back against the wall, but should still hold ground. There will be about 60 new House Reps and 10 new Senators that will need education from the ground up as to the need for alimony reform.
This can be an energizing moment for us if we double down instead of fading away. We must support Senator Kelli Stargel‘s campaign and donate at www.VoteStargel.com. If we show support, then she should support us once again in the Senate. She has taken a tremendous amount of heat over the years of her support of alimony reform. We have to ask her to continue to support us in the Senate.
We also must support and donate to State Rep Colleen Burton at www.ColleenBurton.com . Colleen has learned about this issue and is ready to, once again, support us. She likes the challenge, but must get re-elected to be able to do so. I believe David Santiago of Volusha County will help co-sponsor our bill in the House with Colleen. He decided not to run for Congress because he didn’t want to get in the way of Rubio’s run and the fallout with other Congress front runners. They will make a good team…if Colleen wins.
Nov 15th general election is big news for Florida. Our State will have many newcomers and some old timers. We will have our work cut out for us and will need to organize our districts and put members in charge of contacting the politicians in those districts.
Do your part today so you can enjoy freedom in the future.
Dear Family Law Reform Members:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s amazing to me just how political our divorce law really has become. It doesn’t seem that our law is based on what is fair, but instead who wields the most political power in our Legislature. This upcoming session is going to be very challenging for alimony reform. Key issues that our Legislators face will include economic development, health care, LGBT rights, education and the environment. In order to get a bill for alimony reform in the mix, we will have to make certain that all of our key legislators are on board.
The November election will decide if the GOP maintains its super-majority hold on 80 seats in the 120 member House. I have been following the trends, and I will tell you that I’m not all that certain that this will occur. The outcome of the race could be swayed, in part, by how well presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get their parties’ voters to the polls. If Hillary can win, and win by (a) two-, three-, four-, five-point victory, then a lot of ballot races may go Democratic. Conversely, if Trump can keep it close or if he can win … then the opposite will be true and a lot of these ballot races will go Republican.
If you have been a part of this alimony reform movement over the years, you have seen voting occur on party lines, with a few outlanders on both sides of the fence. Whether you personally vote Democrat or Republican, it is better for our goal of alimony reform if our legislature is Republican focused as many of the Democrats seem to have a view that entitlements are justified.
We have a proposed bill that has been reviewed and approved by the Family Section of the Florida Bar as well as many Legislators. As a Financial Advisor and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, I have worked closely over many years with leaders of the Family Section, our Legislators, and the Executive Board of Family Law Reform to help negotiate the terms, values, and ideals of this proposal. While it doesn’t accomplish everything we want, it certainly provides relief and more importantly, gives permanent alimony payers hope for a future free from the bondage of their alimony payments.
We mustn’t let the political landscape stop our efforts for alimony reform. If anything, we must push harder to show our resolve and our determination for reform. We can’t let the Family Section win by allowing current law to maintain its place in our society. Change is necessary; change is needed; and change will occur as long as we don’t give up. The highest court in the land is the land of public opinion. We must make our voices heard and continue toward achieving our goal of alimony reform.
If we let up, we lose. We will not lose…and we will not let up!!
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