FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19th, 2016
Senator Joseph Abruzzo endorses Smith for FL House District 49
Democratic Senator joins Palm Beach fundraiser at Smith family home
ORLANDO, FL – As part of a multi-city fundraising tour which includes a St. Petersburg stop with Mayor Rick Kriseman 5/20, Florida House District 49 candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith rolled out his latest endorsement-- State Senator Joseph Abruzzo. In an email to supporters, Abruzzo announced his support for Smith with an invitation to a Boca Raton fundraiser to benefit the House campaign set for 5/21 at the home of Smith's parents.
Senator Abruzzo offered the following statement:
“With Carlos's help, we got things done in the Florida Senate and worked together to make historic gains towards passing the most important civil rights legislation in a generation. I have no doubt, Carlos's election to the Florida House will help us finally achieve that goal and help us build a stronger, fairer Florida.”
Smith worked closely with Abruzzo in his role as Equality Florida's Government Affairs Manager during the 2016 legislative session to land the first-ever committee hearing for SB 120 (the "Florida Competitive Workforce Act"), a bill Abruzzo sponsored for several years in the upper chamber. If passed, the bill would modernize the Florida Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGBT Floridians in employment, public accommodations, and housing. Abruzzo's legislation enjoyed wide bi-partisan support but failed to pass into law in 2016.
Smith offered the following statement:
“In my role with Equality Florida, I proudly fought alongside Senator Abruzzo, Senate Democrats, Republicans, and others to move forward historic legislation supported by our state's largest employers. It's past time we modernize our civil rights laws to ensure we treat all Floridians fairly AND to ensure we create a stronger, more competitive state economy. I am committed to passing this legislation once elected and will work tirelessly until the Florida Competitive Workforce Act becomes the law."
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