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Holly Raschein with FL House Speaker Will Weatherford

Hello!  I’m Holly Raschein, State Representative for District 120, which stretches from South Miami-Dade County through the Fabulous Florida Keys!  Thank you for taking the time to visit my campaign website.  I am pleased to share that because I did not draw an opponent, I have been reelected for the 2014 term.  Serving this district is truly an honor and I hope that my constituents will continue to allow me that privilege in years to come.   With that in mind, I will keep this site active in preparation for the 2016 elections.   And for information on my legislative activities, I encourage you to visit my member page on the Florida House website.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you in any way.

Raschein digs in on Keys issues

2014 brings re-election hopes for the freshman legislator from Key Largo

BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff

gfilosa@keysnews.com

State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, who is in her first term representing the Florida Keys and South Miami-Dade County in Tallahassee, says her agenda often stands out on the House floor.

“You see my face you think, ‘wastewater,’” Raschein told a crowd of about 27 people at a Lower Keys League of Women Voters social held at a Duval Street restaurant. “I…

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New legislation is the answer

The problem: no windstorm insurance coverage through Citizens Insurance
BY TIMOTHY O’HARA Citizen Staff
tohara@keysnews.com
A new wrinkle has emerged which could put another restriction on insurance coverage in the Keys.

Monroe County officials realized last week that the state Legislature approved a bill last session that will prohibit windstorm insurance coverage through the state’s insurer of last resort, Citizens Insurance Corp., in areas classified as Coastal Barrier Resource Systems (CBRS)…. Read Full Article>>

Floridians fight for LGBT workplace rights

BY PENNY DICKERSON
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

Nov. 28. 2013

Gay rights took a leap forward when the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The Nov. 7 landmark victory bans workplace discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community who have been on the frontlines of workforce protection for the past 17 years.

Stevie Martin-Chester, left, with his husband, Arthur Martin-Chester, attend a rally in Philadelphia in support of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling this year.
(STEVEN M. FALK/PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS/MCT)

The bill now goes to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. If it does pass the House, chances are that President Obama will sign it.

Still, for LGBT Floridians, Senate passage brings optimism that the law will extend their current civil rights and safeguard them from discriminatory employment practices that hinder promotions and sometimes lead to termination.

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