Florida Chamber, legislators push for septic to sewer conversion

From The Capitolist: “Two state lawmakers, Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, have filed legislation aimed at dealing with the problem. Their Legacy Florida 2.0 legislation would set aside $50 million a year as grants to be used for water-quality monitoring and storm water runoff projects, as well as septic tank conversions … Click here to read more

Everglades Restoration Bill with up to $200M a year unanimously passes House Committee

Florida Politics reports: “A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote. HB 989, sponsored by Republican Reps. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and … Click here to read more

Stuart Dem Crystal Lucas files to challenge Representative Gayle Harrell in District 83

Stuart Democrat Crystal Mills Lucas has filed paperwork this week to challenge Republican state Rep. Gayle Harrell in 2016. Harrell faced no opposition this year in House District 83, which covers parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties, according to SaintPetersBlog. … Click here to read more

Action Alert: Toxic House Bill 703 is bad for Martin, contact elected officials now

Panhandle Republican Representative Jimmy Patronis recently filed House Bill 703. This bill seeks to modify environmental regulations in a way that would preempt the ability of local governments to adopt environmental and growth management regulations stricter than those authorized by the state. The Martin County Democratic Executive Committee is urging residents to contact our elected officials and voice their opinions on this bill. … Click here to read more

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-83) declares message to Congress urging Everglades Restoration

From The Sunshine State News: Flanked by toxic-water weary Treasure Coast officials and other constituents, Rep. Gayle Harrell, (R- District 83, includes part of central Martin and St. Lucie counties), unveiled a memorial this morning she vows to shepherd through the House and all the way to Washington, D.C. … Click here to read more

Newly formed Everglades protection coalition includes Rep. Harrell (R-Stuart)

The Miami Herald reports that a bipartisan group of five state lawmakers including Representative Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) announced the formation Monday of a new legislative caucus devoted to Everglades restoration efforts. … Click here to read more

Harrell (R-Stuart) drug database becomes state law after 10-year push

State House Representative Gayle Harrell (Republican, District 81) of Stuart first presented the online medical database idea almost ten years ago to help prevent “doctor-shopping” and highly addictive pain medication abuse. … Click here to read more