Chamber leaders to set off on two-day ‘Work Plan Florida’ tour

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Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford will begin their joint Work Plan Florida Regional Tour on Wednesday, highlighting the successful completion of their legislative agenda on jobs as well as “critical investments in Florida’s future appropriated through the bi-partisan 2013-14 state budget.”

The Work Plan was drafted to include measures on ethics and campaign finance reform, changes to local public sector pension plans, innovations in higher education, and a review of Florida’s election laws — all of which were successfully passed during the last legislative session.

“The Work Plan Florida Agenda highlights our joint commitment to keeping Florida on the road to full economic recovery by rebuilding trust and confidence in government and tying job creation to the realities of the economy through investments in education,” said Gaetz.

The tour begins in Central Florida with visits to National Guard Armoires, Children’s Advocacy Centers, and Career and Professional Education Academies. At the Brooksville National Guard Armory, The President and Speaker will be joined by Major General Emmett Titshaw, Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard, Sen. Wilton Simpson and Rep. Jimmie Smith.

From there, they (sans the Major General) head to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County — an organization that strives to improve Florida’s response to child abuse, and to provide specialized training, technical assistance and other support services for communities.

Finally, the two chamber leaders will head west to the Tampa Bay Technical High School where Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia , Sen. Jack Latvala, Sen. John Legg, Rep. Jamie Grant, Rep. Ross Spano and Rep. Dana Young will together deliver messages regarding what’s in store for students as they transition from classroom to the workforce.

On Thursday the tour continues with a morning visit to the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, alongside Sen. Geraldine Thompson.

House Majority Leader Steve Precourt and Sen. Kelli Stargel will join in for a visit at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland. The tour will wrap up in Lake Wales at the National Guard Armory, joined by Major General James Tyre, Sen. Denise Grimsley, Rep. Neil Combee, Rep. John Wood, and Rep. Mike La Rosa.