Legislative session ends with good progress made

State Sen. Charlie DeanSession has come to an end! I am very excited by the progress we have made this year in the Florida Legislature.


Work continues on state budget, springs protection

State Sen. Charlie DeanWith one week left in Session, the Florida Legislature continued to work this week on the budget. The Florida Senate also met on the Floor to continue moving bills through the Legislature.


Florida Senate, house move toward budget conference

Work continued in the Florida Senate last week, with the Senate meeting on the Floor on Friday, in addition to committee meetings throughout the week.

One of the focal points of the week was the continuing preparations for the conference process.

With both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives passing their chambers’ respective budgets last week, the formal conference process can now begin.

Senate passes budget at session's halfway point

Session reached its scheduled halfway point this week, with the Senate passing its version of the budget.

Following passage, the budget now heads to the conference process where differences between the Senate’s budget and the House of Representatives’ budget are worked out between the two chambers.

The budget is the only bill the Florida Legislature is constitutionally required to pass each year.

Work continues on budget; bills proceeding

Work continued in Tallahassee last week, with the Senate meeting on the Floor on Wednesday, and the Senate Committee on Appropriations passing the Senate’s budget plan for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year on Thursday.

I am pleased with the Senate’s version of the budget, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the weeks ahead while we construct the State’s spending plan for next year.

Week 3 in the books in Tallahassee

The Legislative Session continued this past week in Tallahassee, with the Florida Senate meeting Tuesday and Thursday on the Floor.

In addition, work began in committee this week to craft the budget, the only bill the Florida Legislature is required to pass. I was excited this week to see several of my own bills move through the Legislative process.

These bills included Senate Bill 106, relating to county employees, which passed the Senate with a unanimous vote.

Legislative Session continues in Tallahassee

Work continued this week in Tallahassee, with the Florida Senate meeting in committee and on the Floor.

I was especially excited to have my first bill of Session, Senate Bill 106, Relating to County Employees, heard on the Floor this past Tuesday.

I believe this bill will restore some home rule authority and flexibility for our counties, and I look forward to passing it out of the Senate next week.

Sen. Dean honored as sheriff association's 'Legislative Champion'

Sen. Dean honored as sheriff association's 'Legislative Champion'

The Florida Sheriffs Association today named Senator Charles S. Dean (R-Inverness) a 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Legislative Champion.

The award honors Senator Dean’s work on behalf of the Sheriffs of the state of Florida, including sponsoring Senate Bill 112 Relating to Filing False Documents against Real or Personal Property, a priority of the association.

2013 Legislative Session ends

The Legislative Session has come to an end!

I was proud of our work this Session, from passing bills which protected veterans’ organizations from fraud, benefitted Florida’s environment, protected our Supreme Court Justices, and so much more.

I am very excited by the inclusion of $10 million for springs protection in the budget. Senator Negron’s recognition of my request will have a direct impact on Florida’s springs, and allow the state to protect our springs and preserve them for future generations.

Work continues in Tallahassee

Greetings from Tallahassee!

Week 7 of the 2013 Legislative Session has come to an

I was proud to pass several of my bills through their respective committees of reference and the floor this week.

I look forward to continuing to work on my bills and working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives as we continue to work on the budget in the coming weeks.

First and foremost - this week, I was pleased on Wednesday to have three bills on the floor of the Senate.

3 weeks left in legislative session

Greetings from Tallahassee!

Week 6 of the 2013 Legislative Session is in the books.

Work on the budget was among the chief focuses of the week, with the Senate voting on Wednesday on the budget.

I am proud to support this budget which increases funding for education while also providing salary increases to Florida’s teachers and state workers. In addition, the budget provides funding for libraries, an issue which I know impacts many of my constituents and which I am proud to support.


Budget work continues, bills move forward

Greetings from Tallahassee!

With the completion of Week 5 of the Legislative Session, we have reached the halfway point.

This week, work continued on the budget as the Appropriations Committee considered the budget proposal which was released last week. I am proud to support this budget, which increases funding to our teachers, to our state workers, and for our students.

All of this is accomplished while not raising any taxes, fees, or tuition.


Week 4: Session halfway point nears; more work ahead

Greetings from Tallahassee!

With the halfway point of the Legislative Session approaching, work continued during Week 4 in the state Capitol.

Much progress was made this week in shaping the state’s budget for the next fiscal year.

Unlike the Federal Government, Florida must balance its budget each year. As such, crafting the budget is a time of tough decisions, research, and study.


Week 3: Bills passed through committee

Greetings from Tallahassee!

Week 3 brought hard work and success with the passage of several of my bills through committee and more visits from my constituents.

First and foremost this week, I was proud to pass my bill creating aFreemasonry license plate through its first committee of reference. As a 50 year Master Mason, this particular issue is very important to me. It is essential to care for our Senior Masons who have provided so much to us and this option to purchase a license plate to benefit the MasonicHome of Florida is a great way to show our support.


Week 2: 'In the Books'

Greetings from Tallahassee!

It was great to see so many of you in my office this week. Your input is valuable to me and I appreciate every visit.

Groups from the Levy County Public Library system, the Cattleman’s Association, Clerk of Courts from several of the counties I represent, students from the W illiston Middle School FFA, and numerous others stopped by to discuss issues relating to their organizations.

It is always my pleasure to see so many of you in Tallahassee engaged in the government process and sharing your concerns.

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