The planned 4-30-19 trip has been cancelled on the recommendation of the FPF E-Board during a strategy conference call last Friday.
Brothers and Sisters of the FPF 7th District,
A quick heads up to all members that were interested in our second planned trip to Tally for the purpose of raising awareness for our Firefighter Cancer Coverage Bill.
Many of you heard about our strategy to create "positive pressure" till the end of session. We implemented PR efforts planned for every Tuesday and Wednesday for what was then the remaining four weeks of session. My responsibility was to provide and shepherd manpower for April 17th and 30th dates. The 17th was a great turnout from the 7th District for our "call to action". Our crew of approx. 35 arrived in Tally on the 17th as scheduled and we opted to shift gears from collecting petitions in support of Cancer Coverage for Firefighters to a Thank you tour of our Legislators and the public. This was based on communications from the Speakers office that the Cancer Bill would be heard shortly. We handed out "Support Firefighters" stickers and kids Fire helmets to the public in lieu of collecting petitions. We also changed our QR code so that people who visited the landing site saw a "Thank you" message that you could sign up to send the Speaker and House of Reps, instead of the petition info previously on that site. The Capitol was full of Helmets everywhere... exactly what we hoped for.
On Thursday we the Bill was heard in the State Affairs Committee and was voted out favorably 24-0. It has now been sent to the House and Senate for second and third reading and a Floor vote. We anticipate those Floor votes possibly this week Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be in Tally to monitor these processes and be used in any way the team deems fit. We will keep you posted on the bill progress.
Thanks for your help putting boots on the ground when called to action.
Merv Kennell, President
Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics
Local 2546 of the International Association of Firefighters
740 Commerce Drive, Suite 1
Venice, FL 34292