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Apr
08

“It ain’t over, til it’s over!”

I think it is so easy to lose sight of what we’re trying to accomplish. We tend to get so caught up in what we’re doing, that we overlook the urgent task in front of us.

Personally, I think we need to stay focused on what we can do between now and May 24th, 2011, to affect a positive outcome for AUF rate-payers. I hope we’re all on the same page with this.

I think we need to be ready to seize whatever opportunities become available to us, along the way to that meeting.

FOCUS ON toppling Commissioner Art Graham from Rate Case #100330-WS. We have a much more favorable outcome, if he is sitting on the sidelines. (Please contact every Senator on the committees listed below, and speak out.)

FOCUS ON killing S.B. 950 in “committee”. This is a Legislative TAX, and an open door for “uncontrollable” rate increases. (Once again, please contact the Senators on the committees listed below, and let them know how you feel.)

We’re dealing big business, lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians, and their law firms. They want to do business “as usual”. We have to interfere in their “as usual” process; we have to get their attention whenever possible.

All that being said, I want to encourage you all to do what you can to fight for your own local issues, here in Zephyrhills, and for the rest of Pasco County. And also, for all the AUF rate-payers across the state of Florida.

Upcoming opportunities to be heard:

Apr 11, 2011 – Senate Rules Committee will continue “confirmation” process of new PSC Commissioners, including Art Graham. (this committee deals with ethics matters)

http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/EE/MeetingNotice/1366

Five (5) of these fourteen (14) Senators already gave Mr. Graham a “free pass”, on the Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee, last week.

This committee must listen to “the rest of the story” before they vote.  Let them know how you feel.

Also, on the same day, the above referenced “utilities” committee will be voting on S.B. 950.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/CU/MeetingNotice/1364

This bill, if it becomes law, will circumvent everything we are trying to do to protect Florida rate-payers, especially AUF rate-payers.

This is the committee I spoke to last week.  We need to let these Senators know how dis-satisfied with are with this legislation.

If you can, go to Tallahassee on April 11th, 2011. Sign-in to speak your peace. If you can’t go, please email these Senators, and voice your opinions on these two (2) issues (see email addresses below).
You can be the reason whey they make the right decision on April 11th.

Dave Bussey

Senate Rules Committee (RC):

Members: Diaz de la Portilla (chair), Detert (vice chair), Alexander, Braynon, Dockery, Evers, Gaetz, Joyner, Oelrich, Richter, Simmons, Smith, Sobel and Thrasher.

Their contact information is below :
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov
detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov
alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov
braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov
dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov
joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov
oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov
richter.garrett.web@flsenate.gov
simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov
sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov
thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov

Senate Communication, Energy and Public Utilities Committee (CU)

Members: Benacquisto (chair), Smith (vice chair), Altman, Bogdanoff, Braynon,
Diaz de la Portilla, Evers, Fasano, Flores, Joyner, Lynn, Margolis, Negron and Sachs.

Their contact information is below:
benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov
altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov
bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov
braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov
lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov
margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov
negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov
sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov

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