AARP Florida releases “2014 Legislative Voting Record” on senior issues

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America’s largest senior citizen advocacy group is giving Florida voters a way to see how state legislators voted on key senior issues, through a new interactive online tool released on Wednesday.

AARP Florida Legislative Voting Record announced the third annual Legislative Voting Record, which provides detailed information on how individual legislators voted on matters such as support for living independently, assisted-living facility reform and other topics.

The online record now makes it easier than ever to find out how state legislators voted in the 2014 Legislature, according to AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson.

“Florida voters 50+ wield strong influence in nearly all elections in Florida,” Johnson said, noting that in a typical Florida election, voters ages 50 years and older cast more than 40 percent of all ballots.

The AARP Florida legislative voting record tracks legislators’ votes on a number of issues relevant to older voters, such as  assisted living facility reform, fraud protection and state support for caregiver services and care recipients, Johnson said.

“To hold your state House or Senate member accountable,” he added, “you need to know how they voted on key issues. AARP Florida offers its Legislative Voting Record to make it easier for you to track legislators’ decisions on key issues in each year’s legislative session.”

AARP’s Florida advocates collaborated with legislators during the 2014 legislative session, following votes on a bill’s progression, committee actions and the final House and Senate votes.

Issues ranged from increasing personal need allowances for nursing home residents to cracking down on abuse in assisted living facilities. The Florida 2014 voting record is now at here.

“By keeping tabs on the entire legislative life of bills selected for the voting guide, we are able to get a clearer look at the 2014 legislative session,” Johnson said. “Legislators know we’re watching.”

Regular updates on legislative voting records are also on the AARP Florida webpage at www.aarp.org/fl.

AARP Florida also provides frequent email updates with hundreds of thousands of members and e-activists statewide.

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