In October, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event took place in our nation's capital. During the event, volunteers armed with a clipboard, and a pen collected hundreds of petitions to urge Congress to increasae funding live-saving cancer research.
2020 Legislative Session Update
The 2020 Florida Legislative Session was the last under current House and Senate leadership. There was a fair amount of controversy, which led to many bills failing and a session extension to finalize budget negotiations. Through it all, you did a great job reaching out to legislators and making your voices heard.
We are happy to report that we were successful in stopping harmful legislation out of the House of Representatives that would have hurt tobacco control efforts in Florida. We appreciate all the work you did to help educate members on the importance of effective tobacco regulation.
Thanks to our collective voice, a budget including almost $178 million in mission-related appropriations is awaiting the Governor’s approval, including funding for three of ACS CAN’s top priorities.
Mary Brogan Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program - The Legislature approved total state funding of $1.83 million. This marks the ninth year in a row that the Legislature has invested state dollars in the program.
Biomedical Research - The James E. King program was appropriated $10 million and the Bankhead-Coley Program $10 million. Pediatric cancer research was funded at $3 million for a total of $23 million allocated for biomedical research.
Tobacco Prevention and Education - The Tobacco Free Florida program is slated to receive over $73 million for the coming budget year.
We would like to thank you for your continued commitment, and for the important role you played.
Yours in the fight,
Senior Director, Government Relations