National Organization of Women, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Pine Castle Historical Society, and Ruth’s List
Please describe your positions on the legislative responsibility for protecting the public interest in the Education, Health Care and Criminal Justice systems. Do you have any specific proposals to improve these systems? (limit 150 words)
I fully support using taxpayer money to fund a quality public education. I believe that ALL Floridians deserve access to healthcare, and we need to immediately draw down the Federal Funds to expand Medicaid in the state of Florida. Much like education, I believe that our criminal justice system is best handled by the State of Florida. We should not lose public oversight and accountability through privatization of these institutions.
Over 500,000 working poor Florida citizens remain without health insurance. Would you support tapping federal dollars to cover these people? If not, what kind of plan do you support? (limit 150 words)
Yes, I fully support drawing down the Federal funds to expand Medicaid in Florida. While I was in the State House, I walked off the floor in protest of the Legislature’s failure to take action on the expansion of Medicaid.
An estimated 300,000 people died from gun violence between 2004 and 2014. Here at home in Orlando, the June 12 nightclub shooting saw 49 people killed, and 50 more wounded. Do you support or oppose a state ban on assault weapons and/or more thorough background checks? (limit 150 words)
I fully support a ban on assault-style weapons. The No Fly-No Buy list should be enlisted to prevent potential terror suspects from obtaining weapons. Our law enforcement officers should not be out-gunned when they arrive on a call. Additionally, I feel like the issue of funding access to Mental Healthcare is being ignored in this debate. When I was in the legislature, I voted against “Docs and Glocks” legislation which prevented physicians from asking parents about guns in the home. I also drafted legislation for funding access to early mental healthcare for school-aged kids (HB325) with a companion funding bill (HB327) using existing taxes collected from gun and ammunition sales to fund the plan. This model could be expanded to include access to all Floridians.