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Florida: Why In-state tuition for illegal aliens will pass in 2015

A week ago I reported that if Floridians wanted to head off in-state tuition we needed to get together a coalition, I said tea party groups, and meet with Governor Scott. The purpose of the meeting would be to demand a special session of the legislature to take up his broken promise of getting E-Verify passed or he would not get our vote in November. There was only one response and it was negative.

Take a careful look at Senate President elect Andy Gardiner’s biography, the man voted yes for SB 1400, and Speaker Elect Steve Crisafulli’s biography, the man who voted yes for HB 851. Both have awards from illegal alien employers of the state and Crisafulli is in agriculture.

Does anyone think if in-state tuition fails this year it will not pass next year with these two Republicans controlling the legislature and either Scott or Crist both support in-state tuition) in office?

That is exactly the reason I said now is the time to put pressure on Scott to alter course or watch the efforts to stop in-state tuition go to waste. Timing is everything.

Senate President Elect Gardiner

Personal & Career
Legislative Service

  • Elected to the Senate in 2008, reelected subsequently
    • Majority (Republican) Leader, 2010-2012
    • Majority (Republican) Whip, 2008-2010
  • House of Representatives, 2000-2008
    • Republican Leader, 2004-2006
    • Orange County Legislative Delegation Chair, 2007-2008; 2002-2003

Other Public Service

  • National Conference of State Legislators, Transportation Committee, past Member

Honors and Awards

  • Orlando Business Journal, Forty Under Forty Outstanding Male of the Year, 2005
  • Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, 2010, 2005-2008
  • Received Honors and Awards from the following:
  • Alliance to Save Florida’s Trauma Care
  • American Heart Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated Industries of Florida
  • Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Central Florida Library Cooperative
  • Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
  • Central Florida YMCA
  • Christian Coalition of Florida
  • Coastal Conservation Association Florida
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
  • Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
  • Florida Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Florida Association of Chamber Professionals
  • Florida Association of DUI Programs
  • Florida Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors
  • Florida Automobile Dealers Association
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Counseling Association
  • Florida Engineering Society
  • Florida Home Builders Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Florida Outdoor Advertising Association
  • Florida Right to Life
  • Florida School Counselor Association
  • Florida State Fraternal Order of Police
  • Florida Transportation Builders Association
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Hubbs-SeaWorld
  • Hunter’s Creek Community Association
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
  • Judges of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court
  • Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Mental Health Association of Central Florida
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Orange County Young Republicans
  • Orlando Regional Realtor Association
  • State Attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Affiliations

  • Camaraderie Foundation Board of Directors
  • Central Receiving Center Governing Board
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
  • Orange County Republican Executive Committee
  • Orlando Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees

Biographical Information

Occupation: Vice President, External Affairs and Community Relations, Orlando Health
Spouse: Camille Gardiner of Brooklyn, NY
Children: Andrew, Jr.; Joanna Lynn; Kathryn Lucille
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.S., Political Science and Psychology, 1992
Born: January 23, 1969 in Orlando, Florida
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Recreation: Baseball, fishing, reading

Speaker Elect Crisafulli

Leadership Roles

Majority Leader(2013-2014)
Biographical Information
City of Residence:  Merritt Island

Occupation:  Real Estate Broker/Agribusinessman 

Spouse:  Kristen Brown Crisafulli of Rockledge, Florida

Child(ren):  Carly, Kennedy

Education:  Brevard Community College, A.A.; University of Central Florida, B.A.

Born:  July 26, 1971, Rockledge, FL

History:  Doyle E. Carlton, cousin, Governor of Florida, 1929-1933; Vassar B. Carlton, grandfather, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, 1969-1974

Religious Affiliation:  Christian

Recreational Interest:  baseball, fishing, football, golf, hunting, outdoors with the family

Legislative Service

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, reelected subsequently

Other Public Service

Brevard County Soil & Water Conservation, Supervisor, 1998-2002
Affiliations

Brevard County Farm Bureau, President, 2003-2005, Director, 1996-2004, 2006-present

Central Florida Legislative Delegation, Chair, 2013

Brevard Delegation, Chair, 2012

Orange County Delegation, Chair, 2011

Leadership Brevard, past graduate, 1998, past program committee member, 1999-2000

Highlights

AFP, Champion for Economic Freedom, 2013

AIF, Champion for Business, 2013

Americans for Prosperity, Champion for Economic Freedom, 2013

Associated Builders and Contractors, Friend of Free Enterprises 2013

Economic Development Commission, Award for Exceptional Leadership, 2013

Florida Chamber of Commerce, “A” Honor Roll, 2009-2013

Florida Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Advocate, 2009-2013

Florida Dental Association, Dr. Lewis Earle Legislative Service Award, 2013

Florida Farm Bureau, Champion of Agriculture, 2013

Florida League of Cities, Legislative Appreciation Award 2013

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Legislative Award, 2010-2013

Foundation for Florida’s Future, “A” Rating, 2010-2013

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Legislative Leader Award, 2013

Associated Builders & Contractors, Friend of Free Enterprise, 2009-2012

Associated Industries of Florida, Champion for Business, 2010, 2012

Novogradac Community Development Foundation, Legislator of the Year Award, 2012

Associated Industries of Florida, “A” Rating, 2011

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Public Servant of the Year Award, 2011

Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Legislator of the Year, 2011

Florida Farm Bureau, Distinguished Advocate Award, 2011

Florida Farm Bureau, Legislator of the Year, 2011

Florida Forestry Association, Legislator of the Year, 2011

Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscapers Association, Legislator of the Year, 2011

The American Conservative Union, “Defender of Liberty” Award, 2011

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Legislator of the Year Award, 2010

Florida Home Builders Association, Friend of Housing, 2010

LEAD Brevard, 4 Under 40 Award, 2010

Florida Farm Bureau, President’s Award, 2005