Person of the Week for Dec 30th through Jan. 5th :Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda -Many were expecting there to be some controversial bills to be filed in the Florida Legislature last week. But Tallahassee representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda shocked everyone with the filing of a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the State of Florida. Rehwinkel Vasilinda has always been a moderate on many issues, and her introduction of this bill was a nice change of pace. While the bill itself will more than likely not pass, or even make it to the floor for a vote, it is nice to see that someone is looking at the death penalty in Florida in this manner.
“The appropriate question for state government is how do we keep people safe from crime in the most cost effective way? When you analyze the numbers, state sponsored execution is not the correct answer,” says Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda according to CapitolSoup.com.
In a time where Democratic legislators, especially those that are north of I-4, are afraid to rock the boat with any new, progressive legislation, it is nice to see Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda stand up for progressive values.