2018 Legislative Season

Learn What’s Coming Up- 2018 Legislative Season

Senator Powell sealSenator Bobby Powell
FL Senate District 30

Senator Powell and his staff are gearing up for the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which is scheduled to begin January 9, 2018. Get a quick update on the Senator’s work anytime here.

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The committee meetings through which bills are considered for the 2018 Legislative Session began the week of October 9 and continue this week. Senator Powell sits on eight committees and has leadership positions on two; he’s already filed one bill. To see each day’s schedule for all Senate work, visit the Senate home page by clicking here.

Disaster AssistanceSustained support from FEMA

There is a very comprehensive range of post-storm services available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), even if you have insurance. From the Clean & Removal Assistance program to the Bridge Loan program for small businesses to the Transitional Sheltering program, anything storm-related can start with a call to 800-621-3362 or a visit to the website here. In Palm Beach County, all of these services are available onsite at the Carolyn Sims Center in Boynton Beach. For best results, though, register online first. Since October 5, FEMA has paid out $711 million in assistance in Florida. And, by all appearances this hurricane season, that payout may continue.

Senator supports the GladesSenator Supports the Glades

Senator Powell participated in a press conference on Thursday, October 19, about state and federal concerns over rising water levels at Lake Okeechobee. As he did during the 2017 Legislative Session, the Senator expressed his support for strengthening the Hoover Dike and ensuring the safety of Glades-area residents. Interestingly, the press conference was held at the WPB site of a mass grave from the hurricane of 1928, which devastated the Glades. It killed nearly 3,000 people–some of whose bodies were brought over to the WPB gravesite. The storm also played a role in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ a book by legendary author Zora Neale Hurston.

Work with Seniors?

The Florida Securities Dealers Association (FSDA), a statewide trade group representing the investment and securities industry, hosts elder outreach programs in an effort to ensure our oldest residents are not harmed by investment scams. These elder fraud seminars typically last about an hour and cover topics such as identity theft and reverse mortgages. If your HOA or senior center would like to play host, call Marian Dozier in the District 30 office; we can organize the event. For more information on the Jupiter-based FSDA, click here.

Senator Powell’s CommitteesSenator Bobby Powell

Our District 30 representative sits on:

  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development
  • Agriculture
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
  • Health Policy
  • Judiciary
  • Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining
  • Joint Legislative Budget Commission

Additionally, Senator Powell sits as vice chair of the Transportation Appropriations subcommittee and alternating chair of the collective bargaining joint committee.

To watch committee meetings, get the meeting schedule and attached videos here.