Florida State House Representative Allison Tant (D-FL) appeared on The Steve Stewart Show on RealTalk93.3 on Thursday to discuss the 2022 Florida legislative session.
Tant’s district covers most of downtown Tallahassee and the northern Tallahassee metropolitan area. The district includes Florida State University and the Florida State Capitol. A large college and urban population coupled with a significant number of state employees makes the district an easy win for Democrats. In 2020 Tant beat her Republican opponent by 15%.
As an elected official, Tant, a former chair of the Florida Democratic Party, must work with Republicans who control the Florida House. Tant noted that there are “more things that we agree on than we disagree on. It’s just that the splashy issues get all the attention.”
Tant said that she voted for the House budget because of “what the bill does for state employees.”
The House bill provides a 5.38% pay increase for state employees, fully funds state health insurance programs, increases the amount allocated to state retirement plans, fully funds anticipated needs of retirement plans, and allows former state employees to buy into retirement plans.
Tant also noted that the budget includes increases in pay for caregivers of people with disabilities.
When asked about the probability of Governor DeSantis supporting the state employee provisions included in the budget, Tant said, “I don’t see any reason why he would not sign the budget. He supports the increases for state employees.”
Tant said that the first half of the session was dedicated to reapportioned issues due to the requirement to redraw district lines in 2022. Based on the 2020 census numbers, each House district in Florida must have a minimum of 179,000 citizens. Based on the latest map proposal, Tant’s new district will have approximately 183,000 Floridians.
Late last year, Tant spoke out against a map proposal that could have reshaped Tallahassee’s legislative representation. It appears that proposal is no longer under consideration.
A bill aimed at increasing voting security was recently introduced by Florida Senator Travis Hutson. “Confidence in the integrity of our elections is essential to maintaining a democratic form of government,” said Hutson when filing his legislation, according to the Herald Tribune.
The new bill would increase voter identification requirements for voting by mail by requiring a voter to provide either the last four digits of their driver’s license or their social security number on the returned vote-by-mail ballots.
Tant said she was concerned that the extra steps would confuse some voters and cost more money to implement. However, Tant recognized that signature verification of vote-by-mail ballots has issues.
“As we get older our signature changes,” said Tant. “We may have to look at expanding early voting hours so more people can vote in person”
With regards to the elections security force provision of the bill, Tant noted that the original proposal has been scaled back and she commented that the 2020 election was smooth, with no major fraud issues.
Parental Rights in Education Bill
Tant said that the Parental Rights in Education proposal has “some really good provisions.” However, Tant added that she needed to spend more time reviewing the controversial provisions related to gender and sexuality.
Tant indicated she supported parental rights but said “there has to be something in place to deal with a child that is not comfortable with talking about these issues with their parents. I do feel for students who need a safe harbor. … We need to figure out how to deal with children who are struggling with gender identity and sexuality.”
Paint Tant as dysfunctional as her leadership in the Democratic Party for Leon County steered campaign contributions out of Gillum’s account to her husband attorney Barry Richards to represent Gillium in his corruption cases. Layers and layers of dysfunction and corruption on Tant’ s watch…
Do not paint Tant as a moderate. IMO, Tant is an accessory to inflation increasing, fuel prices increasing, illegal immigrants flooding our Country and the shortage of goods. After all, didn’t she vote for Biden. She had to know what a disaster Biden would be for our Country. And I bet she voted a straight Democrat Ticket last election. There are no Democrats that are good for our Country and our way of life. Additionally, I blame the Liberal Fake News for the state of our Country. In one week, fuel prices have risen from 4.10/gallon to 4.20/gallon. That is the direct fault of Biden and all of the people and organizations that helped get him elected.
OK – not trying to be racially motivated here – but can someone please explain the distain for 20M for one local university and not a peep of distain for the other smaller local university getting a comparable equal – based on size – 14M. Any explanation would be welcome but please keep racially motivated comments to yourself. Anything? Anybody? Just trying to understand the situation please.
So.. nothing about the Doak Campbell stadium Blueprint vote?
Along with our local leaders, Tant full throatily endorsed The Absolute Disaster we have in the White House now. More interesting TR reports on Tant:
When I lived in Tallahassee you could NEVER vote without proof of your voter ID card. And your drivers license, they had to match. And if your name was not on that roll that the elderly women was looking at…..You would not be voting there no matter what your excuse or story was.
If people are so concerned that they don’t have or can’t get a ID why hasn’t the Black community pressed for a ” Get out the voter ID” card like they do registering voters. Just a thought.
In-person voting with valid photo ID and signature verification should be the norm for every local, state and federal election. Verifiable exceptions only for absentee/mail-in voting. No ballot harvesting; period. No non-citizen voting; period. Voter fraud of any kind in any form to be punished to the fullest possible punitive measure short of the death penalty.
Yes… it is that important. It’s a privilege – not an entitlement
It you Purge the Voting Rolls every 8 Years, the Signature will be Updated and you clean the Rolls of those that has Passed Away or who were Sent Away.
Yet, with infant mortality and hunger at such a high rate in our region Tant was silent when 7 local Democrats voted to give infrastructure tax dollars to FSU for Stadium seats, a special interest.