Having served as an Air Force Judge Advocate for over 22 years, my first bill I passed in the Florida House of Representatives in my first year in office was a bill known as the Florida Uniformed Servicemember’s Protection Act—this comprehensive legislation provided some of the most expansive and significant consumer protections for our troops and their families in the U.S. It was noted by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) to be one of the reasons that Florida was rated as one of the most military-friendly states in the country and contributed to the final recommendations to not close any major military installation in the state of Florida. This Act has now been adopted in more than 13 other states. As the vice-chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and Military Liaison for the House of Representatives, I have consistently sponsored and fought to pass legislation for better veteran's health care and education programs for active duty members in the national guard and reserves, as well as their dependent family members. This past legislative session, I was particularly proud to have co-sponsored a Joint Resolution to be placed on the 2010 ballot that would waive all property taxes for active duty military members who are Florida residents during the time that they are deployed for extended active duty to the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism. In this time of war, our unwavering support for our men and woman in uniform is the least we can do to show our appreciation for their dedication to duty and personal sacrifices while they protect our freedoms here in this country and abroad.