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Monday, April 29, 2013

You can help support funding for Florida's native wildflowers and plants

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED immediately! Legislation that would provide more funds for native wildflowers and plants was passed unanimously by the Florida House two weeks ago. Now it is stuck in Senate "messages." This is the last week of the legislative session, so the bill must get to the Senate floor or it will die.

The bill increases the amount of the Florida Wildflower license plate user fee. During the last few years, our plate sales have fallen more than 20 percent due to increased competition from other tags and the faltering economy. That means more than 20 percent less to spend on projects that benefit Florida. Meanwhile, the demand for educational resources, community grants, roadside projects and more have increased significantly.

If you want to support funding dedicated to Florida's native wildflowers and plants, you can call or email the following senators with this message:
     
PLEASE take up SB 632 so the state will continue to benefit from funds that support Florida’s billion-dollar agricultural industry by providing pollinator habitat. Funds from the Florida Wildflower tag also beautify highways and communities, increase tourism, provide classroom resources, and educate Floridians about landscapes that save water and energy. This license plate works for Florida and helps to create jobs throughout the state.

Your voice can help! Call or email -

* John Thrasher: 850-487-5006, thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov
* Don Gaetz: 850-897-5747; gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov
* Andy Gardiner: 850-487-5013; gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov
* Joe Negron:  1-888-759-0791; negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

Please spread the word to all who are passionate about Florida and its natural environment.

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