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A Time for FPMA to Refocus Its Political Objectives
Once approved by the Legislature and becoming law, the new districts must go through approvals by the Attorney General and the Florida Supreme Court. If the past is an indicator of the future, there will be many challenges by various interest groups before the new districts are ultimately approved by the Florida Supreme Court. We, as citizens, have survived the redistricting process before and we will survive it again. At the end of this process, we will elect new legislators in each of the 40 Senate and 120 House districts in November 2012. Consequently, from today until November 2012, FPMA and its members must fully engage in order to assure that we elect responsible leaders who are informed about your businesses and sensitized regarding how government affects you. With all legislative seats “up for grabs,” our grassroots legislative efforts and our PetroPAC fundraising efforts must be hitting on all cylinders. FPMA has been in the process of retooling its management, its processes, etc., during the past year. Th is retooling also needs to take place in our legislative efforts and in our PetroPAC fundraising. Marketers, suppliers, contractors and FPMA’s other members, consistently, have major issues before the Legislature that require constant time and attention in order that the industry—and your families—can be adequately protected. We must use this historic upcoming election period to get to know candidates, educate them and then support those candidates who are qualified for these important offices and who have the best ability and motivation to address the needs
J. Michael Huey, Esq.
Todd C. Steibly, Government Consultant
According to the latest census data, Florida has grown by 23.5 percent during the last 10 years—seventh fastest in the country.
of the industry. We will be conducting regional meetings for members so that you may interact with the candidates and recommit yourselves to active representation of FPMA and your industry. We will be calling upon you to commit your time and money and to network within the industry and with outside groups in order to ensure that the best candidates are elected in each district. That said, do not wait for a call from us or a regional meeting to get involved. Support PetroPAC and let us know of your willingness to help at the grassroots level by emailing us today. Never has it been more important for you to be involved. For those of you who desire more information regarding the 2012 redistricting process, you can visit the legislative website at www.floridaredistricting.org. ❍ Mike Huey is general counsel for FPMA. He has been engaged in the area of petroleum marketing law for over 30 years. Mike is a partner in the statewide law firm of GrayRobinson and practices in the Tallahassee office. His phone number is 850-577-9090 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Todd Steibly is a Government Consultant in the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. His phone number is 850-577-9090 and his email address is email@example.com.
edistricting is the legislative process of drawing geographical districts for Congress, state legislators and local elected officials. Every 10 years following the decennial census, all states must engage in redistricting to account for increases or decreases in population. According to the latest census data, Florida has grown by 23.5 percent during the last 10 years—seventh fastest in the country. Consequently, Florida’s congressional, state legislative and local districts will be redrawn to reflect population changes that have occurred throughout the state. As it attempts to prepare and pass a redistricting plan, the Florida Legislature has embarked upon a series of public hearings across the state to receive public comments and suggestions regarding the appropriate manner in which to redraw the House and Senate districts—120 House and 40 Senate. We urge you—as involved community leaders—to attend and participate in these hearings. After conducting the 26 public hearings around the state, the Legislature will convene in January 2012 to consider specific legislation adopting new geographical districts.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2011
Welcome, New Board Members
FPMA 2011 Convention and Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo!
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Lien On Who?!
Out and About the Industry
Conference of Committees
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2011