2014 Legislative Session Winner: Rep. Matt Hudson and Alzheimer’s advocates

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House health care budget chair Matt Hudson had his work cut out at the beginning of the 2014 session, and he delivered on these goals in big ways.

Hudson delivered for Edison State College in its rebranding as Florida South Western State college (HB 137); delivered for people and children with severe allergic reactions (HB 1131); delivered for the East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District (HB 949); and delivered for the Collier County/Golden Gate Fire district, too (HB 951).

All of these passed the House and Senate.

But standing out among Hudson’s wins was HB 709, on Alzheimer’s disease. This important bill supports individuals currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease while also establishing a competitive grant program for Alzheimer’s research to be conducted in Florida. The measure also develops and maintains special needs shelter guidelines — important to persons with cognitive disabilities during times of emergency.

As noted elsewhere, Hudson’s leadership — alongside that of Senate health care budget chair Denise Grimsley — brought huge returns for elderly and disabled Floridians, including through the funding of various regional caregiver and respite support services.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.