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FNGLA Legislator of the Year Award

 

Presented to policy makers whose legislative priorities and work ethic align with and benefit Florida's nursery and landscape industry.

2016 Legislator of the Year Awards

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Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico)
A graduate of the U.F. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Representative Jake Raburn has been a stalwart champion for UF/IFAS funding throughout his tenure. Also, during the 2016 session, Rep. Raburn sponsored the comprehensive agricultural legislation, which, in part, increased penalties for individuals who knowingly release an invasive pest. Representative Raburn also sponsored the House companion to Senator Stargel’s bill exempting certain agricultural buildings from the Florida Fire Code.

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State Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland)
Senator Kelli Stargel exercised strong leadership yet again on behalf of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry, and all of agriculture during this past legislative session. She championed very important pieces of FNGLA-supported legislation. First, she sponsored the legislation which now exempts certain agricultural buildings from the Florida Code. Thanks to Senator Stargel, the authority of local governments to impose special assessments on raw agricultural lands is now eliminated. And, Senator Stargel pushed passage of critically needed updates to Florida’s AgriTourism laws.


2014 Legislator of the Year Awards

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State Senator Bill Galvano
(R – DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties)


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State Senator Wilton Simpson (R – Consists of Hernando, and parts of Pasco, and Sumter counties)


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State Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Northern Lee County)


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State Representative Holly Raschein (R- Monroe County and southern Miami-Dade County)


2012 Legislator of the Year Awards

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State Senator Rene Garcia (R-Miami)
Senator Rene Garcia has spent his legislative career fighting for small business. Among his many legislative efforts, Sen. Garcia continues to fight for the protection of the Florida Department of Transportation's mandatory landscape program, which requires 1.5% of new construction project dollars to be spent of trees and shrubs.

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State Represenative Jimmy T. Smith (R-Lecanto)
A true defender of small business, representative Jimmie smith personifies the pro business, agriculture friendly ideals which Benefit FNGLA members statewide. Rep. Smith continues to be a fighter for common sense, and during the past two legislative sessions has championed bills which would apply science and practical application to the regulation of fertilizers.