Greg Steube's legislative achievements rate new House term

October 23, 2012 

Greg Steube enjoyed success during his first term in the Florida House representing District 73. In the 2012 regular session of the Legislature, Steube served as one of the primary sponsors on 10 bills and four passed. Gov. Rick Scott signed all four.

Steube's foe for re-election is a familiar face, Bob McCann, who opposed Steube in 2010 in the Republican primary. This election, McCann, a physician and attorney, is running as a no-party affiliation candidate.

The district includes portions of Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties.

Steube, an attorney well versed in agriculture law who earned an undergraduate degree in animal science, has a strong background and understanding of the mostly rural farm and ranch district. As an Army veteran who served in the Iraq conflict, he also champions veterans issues.

With his legislative accomplishments, Steube no longer stands in the shadows of his well-known father, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube.

One of his 2012 bills signed into law eases state regulations on public fairs and expositions, another limits the liability of land owners and lessees who allow hunting, fishing or wildlife viewing on their property and a third provides exceptions to confidentiality provisions during a coronary emergency.

Among other achievements are a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that provides a homestead property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of military veterans and first responders who died in the line of duty and an amendment that authorizes total homestead property tax relief to low-income, long-time homeowning seniors. The Herald Editorial Board has recommended approval for both amendments, Nos. 9 and 11.

Should Steube win another term in office, he has stated that his focus will be restoring education funding.

Public schools lost billions in state money before Scott directed some of that be replaced this year, but education still remains severely hampered. Additional state money must go toward children, not administrators, Steube insists, a point we support.

While we disagree with Steube's support of public funds for private and church-affiliated schools, also an amendment on the ballot, we concur with his reservations about privatizing such public services as correctional facilities and prison health care.

He continues to work toward strengthening the state's economy, attracting high-paying jobs and reducing the tax burden. Steube is also a strong booster of Port Manatee, a key component to our economy.

Steube's strong first term and his qualifications make him the best candidate. The Herald Editorial Board recommends Greg Steube to represent state House District 73.

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