FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Contact: Rachel Johnson
Press Release: Erik Fresen's failed leadership on Miami-Dade College
In response to the recent Miami Herald article: "Bill to support Miami Dade College dies on last day of session," the Miami-Dade Democratic Party issued the following statement:
"The fact is this bill should have been heard long before the last week of session and wasn't even on the agenda for the two days that an automatic reader was used," said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein. "This is a colossal failure of leadership by Erik Fresen, who should have pushed Speaker Weatherford to hear the bill during the last two days of session like so many other bills were. Instead of looking for false excuses, Fresen should look in the mirror as he should have focused on expanding medicaid for those who need health care and also increasing funding for higher education."
“But for what happened Tuesday with the Democrats reading every bill, this would have been heard,” said Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, who sponsored the proposal in the House.
Fresen said he tried “everything possible” to get the bill heard Friday. But when the session came to a close, his proposal died without receiving a vote in the lower chamber.