National Victim Rights Ceremony in Tallahassee with Attorney General, Pam Bondi on 04/11/18

Feeling a little taller now that this day has passed. Reading my impact statement in front of our Attorney General, Pam Bondi, at the National Victim Rights Ceremony in our state capital was a HUGE step for me but I DID it!

I'm happy my blue family is still by my side and ALWAYS supports me.

Links: 

https://thefloridachannel.org/videos/4-11-18-national-crime-victims-rights-week-ceremony/

 


Marsy's Law for Florida, 2018

Marcy's Law for Florida, August 2018

I was willing to share our court and trial experiences and be the Pasco County Advocate for the Marsy's Law for Florida campaign. My purpose was to help future families and victims of violent crimes. We didn't have a voice and we didn't get the opportunity to be heard during trial and that was so hard for us. It's my hope that victims are afforded the same rights during trial so that the impact of their lives are shared in the courtroom with the jury present instead of an empty jury box as my family had to do.

 

On November 6, 2018 Amendment 6 was passed, giving victims equal rights as the offenders. I was honored to attend and speak in Ft. Lauderdale following the election results. I was also honored to meet more victims and hear their story as well. 

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Governor Scott's assistance with city pensions

With just three years to retire, Charlie lost his life. He worked twenty-three years to build his pension so we could support ourselves and live the life we worked so hard for. 

 

At the time of Charlie's death, the city pension ordinances were outdated - leaving me only half of Charlie's pension. With the help of Governor Rick Scott, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Representative Amber Mariano, NY PBA, FL PBA, NAPO, and the national C.O.P.S. Organization, we were able to work with the city and make the changes needed to give the surviving spouse of murdered officers 100% of thier pension, just as SB 7012 did in 2016 signed by Governor Rick Scott. Our Governor set a great example that day and continues to support our first responders and fallen familes. 

 

It was a bittersweet day for sure. Nothing will bring my husband back but at least some of the financial burden was lifted for me. It was NOT a penny more than what Charlie worked for and it was the right thing do for my family and those still serving. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/11/rick-scott-challenging-childhood-shaped-florida-governors-outlook/1565074002/