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Weekly Update from Senator Greg Evers

May 11, 2012

Last evening, I had the privilege of attending a reception for the National Flight Academy at the Naval Aviation Museum, along with Astronauts Mark Kelly, Gene Cernan and Neil Armstrong.  The local academy opens its doors to a new generation of science, math and flight education that will give students the opportunity to dive further into these subjects via high-tech flight simulation.  I am excited about the opportunities this new learning experience will bring to our local communities.

This week, I also had the honor of joining the Governor and my fellow state leaders at the Florida State Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Tallahassee, where hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families and friends from around the state came to the Capitol to honor the fallen officers in Florida this past year.  This memorial march serves as a reminder to how fortunate we are to have these brave men and women serving to protect our local communities each and every day. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

If you missed the recent Pensacola News Journal article that details how the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on copper thefts and burglaries in Escambia County, I encourage you to read it.  This is a perfect example of how important it was that we passed legislation this past session to address the ongoing problem with metal theft in Florida.  By working with the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and House, we were able to pass meaningful legislation (HB 1323 and HB885) that increases the criminal penalties for violations relating to secondary metals, prohibits the removal of copper or other nonferrous metals from electrical substation sites without authorization, and addresses the regulation of secondhand dealers as it relates to the purchase and sales of regulated metals.  I thank the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for addressing this important matter in our local communities.

On Sunday, we celebrate how important our mothers are and show our appreciation for their continued dedication to us and our families.  As you celebrate your mother, I wish you and your loved ones a very special day.

If you have any questions or concerns that I can be of assistance with, please feel free to email me directly at Greg@gregevers.com or call my district office at (850) 689-0556.

May you have a blessed and restful Mother's Day weekend,

Greg