Press Release by the Office of Senator Wilton Simpson

SimpsonTaxpayerAdvocateTallahassee, Fla. — Last week, the Florida Tax Collectors Association presented Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) with the Taxpayer Advocate of the Year Award. “Senator Simpson worked tirelessly last session to pass legislation authorizing tax collectors to process Concealed Weapons License Applications,” said Lisa Cullen, Association President and Brevard County Tax Collector. “He brings a high business acumen to the Legislature and understands the importance of the state and tax collectors working together to create economies of scale in order to save taxpayer dollars.”

“It was an honor to receive this award. The passage of Senate Bill 544 in 2014 allowed local tax collectors the opportunity to be appointed to accept applications for concealed weapon or firearm licenses,” said Senator Simpson. “By working with Commissioner Putnam, the tax collectors are bringing even more convenience and efficiency to the licensing process and I commend their efforts.”

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Richey Elementary students get lessons in nurtrition, origins of eggs from local farmer

Article by The Tampa Tribune: via

NEW PORT RICHEY — When state Sen. Wilton Simpson gives a lesson on eggs, those props he’s using are the real thing.

That became clear at Richey Elementary School this week during a program aimed at observing National Farm to School Month and promoting the nutritional value of eggs.

Simpson took questions from the children and explained that at his operation, after the hens lay their eggs, the eggs are then taken by a conveyor belt to an area where they are washed.

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Wilton Simpson qualifies for SD 18 ballot with 3,331 petition signatures

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State Sen. Wilton Simpson’s re-election campaign announced on Thursday that the Trilby Republican will be qualifying by petition for Senate District 18 in November.

To qualify, Simpson needed to submit a minimum of 3,107 signed petitions from voters in the district, which is one percent of the total number of registered voters. According to the Florida Division of elections, Simpson has 3,331 verified signatures.

Senate District 18 contains portions of Pasco and Sumter Counties and all of Hernando County.

“It has been my intention to qualify by petition because it gives me every opportunity to interact with the people that we represent in the legislature,” Simpson said in a statement. “Our petition totals reflect the local support for our mission, and I’m honored by the strong support from our friends and neighbors. Together, we will continue to work to make Florida’s future bright.”

Running unopposed, Simpson has raised over $450,000 as of March 31, with nearly $320,000 cash on hand.

Simpson, an egg farmer and owner of Simpson Environmental Services, was also the 2013 Philanthropist of the Year for the Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Simpson was recognized as 2013 Legislator of the Year for the Farm Bureau, Florida Natural Gas Association, Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Florida Forestry Association and the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association.

The senator also founded the Simpson Breast Health Center, which opened October 2012, providing East Pasco County with a number of healthcare services, including screening, diagnostics, treatment and education for maintaining and restoring breast health.

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Florida gun permits may be easier to seek

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      Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) — A bill filed in the state Senate could take some of the pain out of applying for a concealed weapon permit.

      If passed during the spring session, the bill would open more locations where Florida residents can apply.

      Currently, residents must submit applications through one of eight regional offices of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The only Southwest Florida office is in Punta Gorda.

      Senate Bill 544, filed Dec. 17 by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, would allow tax collectors to accept concealed weapon applications as well. There are six Lee County Tax Collector offices.

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2013 Florida Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year

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Washington, D.C., could learn a lot from Florida

Commentary by Wilton Simpson via TBO:

      “I’m from the government and I’m here to help,” is sadly not a phrase that inspires confidence. In fact, since the people of Florida’s 18th state Senate district elected me to serve them, I’ve jokingly used Ronald Reagan’s line at town halls and small business tours to get people smiling.

      I’d like to think they’re smiling because they know me well enough to understand that as a husband, father, farmer and business owner, I’ve had my share of frustrations with governmental agencies, and so my goal really is to help simplify things.

      Given the recent circumstances in Washington, I took some time to reflect on the importance of some basic questions: What do Americans think when they hear the word “government?” Is “government” helping us with economic recovery or is it interfering?

      Right now, we are seeing a total breakdown in the ability of Washington to run the federal government. And although Florida’s state government can use its share of reform, too, I’m working every day to make it more efficient and responsive to the working people I represent.

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Florida League of Cities honors Wilton Simpson with Appreciation Award

By Phil Ammann | via

      The Florida League of Cities honored State Senator Wilton Simpson this morning with its 2013 Legislative Appreciation Award.

      The League, which represents more than 400 Florida cities, towns and villages, recognized Simpson as a legislator who, during the 2013 legislative session, consistently voted to secure home rule powers for cities in the state.

      In addition to supporting League positions, Simpson proposed amendments to prevent preemptions and unfunded mandates, as well as worked behind-the-scenes to rally support for League positions. In 2013, one of the League’s biggest legislative push was for sweeping reforms in civil pensions and disability presumption.

      “The Florida League of Cities and its lobbying team are proud to recognize Sen. Simpson for his support,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley in a statement. “He believes the level of government closest to the people should make the decisions that affect the quality of life of the citizens they have been elected to represent.”

      “I am very humbled to receive this award,” responded Simpson on news of the award. “The ability of our local governments to respond to the needs of constituents is of the utmost importance, and I am a strong supporter of fewer mandates from the state level that would impede that ability.”

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2013 Legislative Winners and Losers — Senator Wilton Simpson has a great first session

By Peter Schorsch on May 3, 2013 | via

simpson, wilton2Wilton Simpson is a political novice, or so one would think.

Never having held elected office before, few expected the kind of legislative session that he had. Just a few of his successful bills include a change in the greenbelt laws to ensure that rural ranchers and growers get the tax status they deserve, an Everglades preservation act that all stakeholders supported, an environmentally-friendly, job-creation bill to substantially increase the use of natural gas in vehicles, and a regulatory reform of the state fire code to help small businesses.

Goes to show that hard work and life experience count – even in the Legislature.

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