The first ever state level Legislative Progressive Caucus meeting was recently held and the group features three Democratic lawmakers from the Orlando area with two of them holding leadership positions.
District 49 Lawmaker Carlos Guillermo Smith was selected as Chair, while his neighbor in District 48, Representative Amy Mercado will serve as Vice Chair. District 43 Representative from Osceola County John Cortes is also part of the group that aims to advocate “for social and economic justice and security for all Floridians, protecting civil rights and civil liberties, and advancing environmental protection and sustainability in the Sunshine State.”
The group will try to move the needle left in the Republican controlled legislature where Democratic bills are often left unheard.
“As we enter the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session, the Legislative Progressive Caucus will adopt caucus positions on key legislation to underscore our values and priorities.” said Smith “As Democrats, we are a big tent party. When we organize, can be even more effective at shaping policy and working together towards a common goal. The members of the LPC are excited about this new endeavor and at the opportunity to set a bold progressive vision for Florida.”