LEGISLATURE 2014

Supporters give up on alimony reform this year

 

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Remember the controversial alimony reform bill that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed last session?

It won’t be back this year.

The organization behind the proposal announced Thursday that there will be no new legislation filed during the 2014 session.

“I am beyond saddened that this bill will not become a reality,” Family Law Reform President Alan Frisher wrote in a statement. “Our proposed bill was good legislation. It protected our citizens and corrected inconsistencies in Florida law.”

In January, Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, told the Herald/Times that he was working on a proposal similar to the alimony bill he sponsored last year. The 2013 bill sought to eliminate permanent alimony, and capped payments based on salary and length of marriage.

But, according to a news release issued Thursday, he and Senate sponsor Kelli Stargel have decided to focus instead on tax cuts.

“The Legislature is dedicated to creating a broad based $500 million tax cut for Floridians this session,” Workman said. “Such expansive efforts tend to consume a session. Hence, I feel this is not the year for in depth reform.”

“We’ll push it another year,” Stargel told the News Service of Florida earlier in the week.

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