Urgent Action Needed in Florida District 20

You are one of only a few who can call right now to push the Florida “Parent’s Bill of Rights” past a major roadblock in the Florida Senate legislative process.

Almost two months ago the “Parents’ Bill of Rights” was introduced as S.B. 1634 in the Florida Senate, along with its companion bill, H.B.1059, in the House. Parentalrights.org staff and volunteers, including state coordinators Jim and Patti Sullivan, have worked hard to get these bills introduced, and it is a MAJOR victory to get this far.

But yesterday in committee one senator—your senator—halted all our progress.

It’s not too late to save the bill and pass these vital parental rights protections, but it will be up to you. As a constituent, you are among the only people who can reach him.

We have thousands of supporters throughout Florida, but only a few hundred in your district, and many of those will not open this email. It is vital that every one of you reading this please take action today.

Action Item

In order for this bill to pass, we need you to urge state Senator Tom Lee to vote “yes” on S.B. 1634 in the Senate Rules Committee, its final committee. Senator Lee is a key vote in this committee. Without his vote, S.B. 1634 will not be heard on the Senate floor in time for it to be passed this session.

The Senate Rules Committee meets this coming Monday, March 2nd.

Please call or email Senator Lee and urge him to vote “yes” on S.B. 1634 this Monday.

Time is short. If the bill does not pass the Rules Committee this Monday, it will fail in this legislative session.

By our records, Senator Lee is your Senator; your voice – and only your voice – will carry a lot of weight with him.

When you call, say something like this in your own words:

I am calling as a constituent to urge Senator Lee to vote YES on SB 1634, the Parents’ Bill of Rights, in the Senate Rules Committee. Parental rights are close to my heart, and I truly believe we need to protect our children by preserving parental rights in state law. The enduring American legal tradition that parents can best care for their children should be protected once and for all.

Also, here are a few things to remember when you call the Senator’s office:

  • You will most likely not talk to the Senator.
    • More often than not, you will speak to his legislative assistant or an intern, but they will convey your message to the Senator.
  • Always be polite and pleasant on the phone:
    • Often the person you will be talking to will not be the most agreeable. As the “first line of defense,” they take calls all day, many of which are not nearly as friendly as we strive to be. Give them a little grace; they will greatly appreciate it.
    • One of the easiest ways of sounding more pleasant on the phone is to smile as you talk. It comes through on the other end, and they will be able to “hear” you smile.
  • Don’t be stressed making calls
    • Remember that you are fighting for an amazing cause.
    • Also, remember that there are other people in your district calling the senator as well. You are not alone.

Take a moment right now to call his District Office at (813) 653-7061 and/or his Tallahassee office at (850) 487-5020. You can also send him an email message at http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S20.

The rest of us are counting on you. Thank you for making your stand for all of us at this crucial time.


Michael Ramey

Executive Director