State Senator Maria Sachs didn’t linger in Tallahassee long after Sine Die in 2013, but had every reason to return home pleased with her session accomplishments.
The second-term attorney from Delray fought hard to fund Broward College and the new medical school for FAU, along with sufficient resources for veterans nursing homes.
She left having worked closely with Republican Sen. Nancy Detert, who championed the ban of texting while driving and legislation on children in foster care, and who surprised Sachs for the better in the process.
When not busy lawmaking, Sachs is busy with her law practice, and will soon be seeing her son Taylor off to FSU law where he will follow in her footsteps.
On the summer vacation list, the Sachs family will be visiting Scandinavian countries in late July; and for summer reading, Sachs already has a roster of books in the queue: Entrepreneur America: Lessons from Inside Rob Ryan’s High-Tech Start-Up Booth Camp, by Rob Ryan and Phaedra Hise; Education in the Creative Economy, by Daniel Araya and Michael A. Peters; and for fun the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin.
“I am still trying to catch up and learn all the character storylines!” Sachs writes.
When committee meetings begin in late September, Sachs will be happy to be back in Tallahassee with her colleagues, working to secure education funding.
In the meantime, if you are in Sachs’ district and want to stay tuned, check out her weekly newsletter “The Sachs-Sentinel” or join in at a town hall meeting.
Here is how Senator Sachs is spending her Summer vacation, in her own words.
How long did you linger, if at all, in Tallahassee after Sine Die?
Legislative accomplishment of which you are most proud?
Funding for Broward College and the new medical school for FAU. I think education is the key to economic success for our students and for the people of Florida. My district is home to thousands of veterans, all of whom need assistance, therefore, I made sure that there was sufficient funding for more nursing homes for veterans. I am also proud of the safety measures taken to protect our citizens through the ban of texting while driving. Safety is the number one priority for our highways.
Which one of your legislative colleagues surprised you for the better this past session? Why?
Senator Nancy Detert in her satisfaction after working for years on the ban of texting while driving bill and for the legislation on children in foster care. I had never seen her so happy and excited!
What’s the first thing you did when you returned back to your district?
Hug the dogs and kiss my husband!
What do you do to communicate to your constituents what occurred during the legislative session? Newsletter? Town hall meetings? What else?
I publish a weekly newsletter called “The Sachs-Sentinel” once a week so that my constituents are always informed on what occurs during Session. When I return home, I prepare a legislative wrap-up newsletter and, of course, meet with my constituents at town hall meetings.
When you are not busy being a lawmaker, how will you spend your time this July, August and September?
I am very busy with my law practice. Also, our son Taylor is returning to Florida to attend law school at FSU, so I will have a chance to spend time with him before he starts in the Fall.
Do you plan on hitting the campaign trail in the coming months? If not, why not?
Since becoming a legislator, I have run for office every two years. This year is no exception.
Any personal vacation plans?
I plan on visiting the Scandinavian countries in late July with my family.
Any good books on your Summer reading list?
Entrepreneur America: Lessons from Inside Rob Ryan’s High-Tech Start-Up Booth Camp, by Rob Ryan and Phaedra Hise; Education in the Creative Economy, by Daniel Araya and Michael A. Peters; and for fun the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. I am still trying to catch up and learn all the character storylines!
Summer movies you are looking forward to seeing?
I want to see The Internship because my daughter, Natasha, works at Google Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Legislative committee meetings begin again during the week of September 23; Too soon? Or are you eager to get back to Tally?
I look forward to getting back to work with my colleagues.
What do you think will be the top priorities during the 2014 Legislative Session?
Once again, funding education to ensure our students are ready for a 21st century economy.