With the 2016 Legislative Session right around the corner, Sen. Joe Negron is in his element. The Treasure Coast lawmaker is known as a workhorse (although he might have to be more of a show horse now that he is Senate President Designate), and in Tallahassee is where he does some of his best work.
Riding high after prevailing at long last in a years-long tussle with Sen. Jack Latvala over who will lead the Senate after 2018 elections, Negron comes to the 2016 Session with more juice than ever before. He has already filed bills relating to fantasy sports, water policy, taxes for disabled first responders, recreational safety, and state support for Israel — and Negron is confident he can accomplish progress on all of these issues this year.
Before he headed to Tallahassee, Negron took time to speak with FloridaPolitics.com.
- Do you have a top local bill this session?
- You are usually very active in environmental legislation and bills, do you have a top environmental priority this session?
- There has been a lot of press on your university funding priority linking the funding to cutting social services. Is this an accurate portrayal?
- You filed legislation that relates to fantasy sports. What was your motivation behind that?
- Last session was a bit rocky, do you anticipate both chambers working together more this year?