Issues

Protecting Taxpayer Dollars

Kathleen knows that government must live within its means just like everyone else, which is why she has voted to cut over $6 Billion in spending to balance Florida’s budget each year. She has voted to cut taxes by
over $1 Billion and return that money to Florida taxpayers while putting over $9 Billion in reserves. That commitment to fiscal responsibility has resulted in Florida being upgraded to the highest-possible AAA bond rating.


Reducing Regulations & Creating Jobs 

As our State Representative, Kathleen has worked hard to get our friends and neighbors back to work. She has successfully fought to protect businesses and professionals from frivolous lawsuits, allowing them to grow and hire more Floridians. In 2013 Kathleen successfully sponsored HB 575, protecting Design Professionals from being personally sued while working as employees of a company. She has voted to cut over 270 burdensome regulations and get government out of the way and it’s worked. Since 2010 our economy has created over 700,000 jobs and led the nation in job creation for nearly 3 straight years. Kathleen received an A rating from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and its 2015 “Distinguished Advocate Award” for her commitment to pro-business, pro-job policies.

Safeguarding Our Seniors

Kathleen has been an effective and tireless advocate for Florida’s seniors. She has successfully sponsored legislation cracking down on fraud against seniors (2014, HB 409) and holding their guardians accountable. Because of Kathleen’s efforts, scammers can no longer hide behind loopholes in the law and Clerks of Court may audit adult guardianship accounts to ensure that legal guardians do not take advantage of those they’ve sworn to protect (2014, HB 635). For many seniors, transitioning into a retirement community isn’t as simple as selling their home and moving. That’s why Kathleen sponsored HB 1037, allowing traditional retirement communities to offer care at-home services. These care at-home contracts provide seniors the flexibility of receiving services in their home until the time is right to move into a traditional retirement community.

Foreclosure Reform

During Florida’s Foreclosure crisis, Kathleen used her expertise in real estate law to reform foreclosure laws and get Florida’s real estate market back on track. She successfully sponsored legislation (2013, HB 87) reducing fraud and expediting the judicial process so that borrowers in foreclosure can resolve their debts and begin to rebuild their finances. Her bill also implemented safeguards for purchasers of foreclosed homes, reducing stagnant inventory and improving the values of surrounding homes.

2nd Amendment

Kathleen has been a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and has stood up for the rights of lawful firearm owners. Kathleen voted to ban local governments from infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights (2011, HB 45), and voted to protect the rights of gun owners complying with mandatory evacuations (2015, SB90). Kathleen will oppose any efforts to take away our rights to defend our homes and families. That’s why she’s a lifetime member of the NRA and has an A rating.

Protecting Our Conservative Values

As a mother of 3, Kathleen knows that all life is precious. That’s why she voted to ban Obamacare from funding abortions in Florida (2011, HB 97) and to require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion may be performed (2015, HB 633). She also voted to protect the rights of private adoption agencies to place children in homes that do not violate their religious convictions (2015, HB 7013).

Fighting Illegal Immigration

Kathleen believes that securing the border and enforcing our laws must be the first step in immigration reform. She opposes any form of amnesty, and voted against offering in-state tuition to illegal immigrants (2014, HB 851).

Serving Those That Serve Us

Kathleen knows that we owe our freedom to the brave men and women in uniform and is committed to making Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation. That’s why she voted for the Florida G.I. Bill offering Veterans in-state tuition and hiring preferences (2014, HB 7015).

Ethics

Kathleen has worked hard to make sure that elected officials are held to the highest ethical standards. Kathleen voted for historic ethics reforms that strengthened the prohibition on former legislators becoming lobbyists and gave the Commission on Ethics greater authority to punish those that abuse the public’s trust (2013, SB 2).

Keeping Our Streets Safe

A 35-year resident of Southwest Florida, keeping our community safe is one of Kathleen’s top priorities. Kathleen has cracked down on crime, voting for 50-year mandatory minimum sentences for certain sexually violent offenders (2014, HB 7027). Kathleen co-sponsored the Timely Justice Act to expedite the execution of prisoners on Death Row, bringing closure to victims and their families and saving taxpayer dollars (2013, HB 7083).

Education

As a mother of 3 daughters that graduated from Collier County Public Schools, Kathleen knows that parents and local school boards, not bureaucrats, know what’s best for students. That’s why she lead the 2013 effort to give school districts more flexibility to choose the most effective strategies to close student achievement gaps. Kathleen believes in empowering parents through choice in their child’s education, including the option to attend charter or parochial schools. She opposes Common Core’s federal overreach into our education system and any attempt to implement a “one size fits all” model. Kathleen has voted to place caps on student testing, roll back statewide testing, and eliminate duplicative final exams.

Healthcare

Kathleen is committed to ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare for all Floridians but not by expanding broken systems such as Medicaid and Obamacare that rely on borrowed Federal dollars. Kathleen voted against expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, favoring a Florida-based solution that protects future generations of taxpayers from being on the hook for billions of dollars.

Fighting Fraud Against Businesses & Residents

The rise in Identity Theft has harmed not only individuals but businesses as well. Kathleen has lead the fight to modernize Florida’s laws and give victims the tools they need to restore their rights. 2015’s HB 157 creates a streamlined process that provides victims proof of fraud and allows courts to issue orders to correct public records containing false information. The bill makes it a crime to steal the identity of a business. It also increases penalties for medical fraud and makes it a crime to knowingly provide false information to the public record.