Gary Siplin looks to return to the Legislature

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Former state Senator Gary Siplin is looking to return to the Legislature.

The Orlando Democrat filed a campaign account, setting up a primary battle in House District 12 against fellow veteran lawmaker Sen. Geraldine Thompson.

“The voters of District 12 asked me to run,” Siplin told News Service of Florida, adding that he was approached in churches, grocery stores and parades by constituents urging him for another bid for elected office.

Siplin served for 12 years in the Legislature, in the House from 2000, and then in the Senate from 2002 until term limits forced him out in 2012.

Thompson won the SD 12 seat, after six years in the House.

Of his stint in Tallahassee, Siplin might be remembered most for sponsoring SB 228 in 2011 – known as the “droopy drawers” bill. Signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in May 2011, the bill requires Florida public school districts to ban sagging pants in setting dress codes.

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