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April 30, 2013

Provided to Florida Public Employees

By: Gary Rainey

Dear Brothers and Sisters;

The FRS pension bills were killed by the Florida Senate this afternoon in a 22 to 18 vote.   Despite the fact that the Speaker of the House made closing the FRS pension plan his hall mark number one priority, in the final analysis, hard work, and a just cause defeated an idea that was ill conceived and detrimental to both firefighters and the taxpayer.

After several hours of debate the bills were defeated and the FRS lives on.  I’ll do a more comprehensive report, but wanted to relieve your fears and concerns whether you are retired, working towards retirement or just starting your career.

This is the third year in a row that the Republican leadership has attacked firefighters and other first responders in an attempt to close or gut our pensions.  In each case we have beaten back the attack.

I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the thousands of FPF and FRS members who spent weeks on end up here in Tallahassee lobbying, wrote thousands of letters and emails, and made phone calls and personal visits to your Senator.  The proof is in the results.

I’d like to ask one more favor and that is to call the following Senators who supported us on this important vote and thank them.  The ones who voted against firefighters and public employees, well you can call them and tell them whatever you think they might need to hear!

Senators who voted to support firefighters and Public Employees in the FRS:

Abruzzo, Braynon,  Bullard, Clemens, Dean, Detert, Diaz de la Portilla, Evers, Flores, Gibson, Grimsley, Joyner, Latvala, Montford, Margolis, Legg, Ring, Sachs, Smith, Sobel, Soto, Thompson

Senators who voted wrong to close the pension plan:

Altman, Benacquisto, Bean, Bradley, Brandes, Galvano, Garcia, Gardiner, Hays, Hukill, Lee, Negron, Richter, Simmons, Simpson, Stargel, Thrasher, Gaetz


Gary Rainey, President/CEO

Florida Professional Firefighters, 850-224-7333

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