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Duval Delegation Readies For Upcoming Session

Kevin Meerschaert

About 60 officials and organizations spoke to Duval County's state legislative delegation Wednesday at it’s annual organizational meeting ahead of next year’s legislative session.

Mayor Alvin Brown asked the delegation to keep working on getting the St. Johns River dredging approved and to increase funding for the TV and film production industry.

Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti had a list of requests including more capital funding, using only technical instructional materials and having the state return to funding dual enrollment.

Others asked the delegation to support various other projects.

State Representative Daniel Davis said it’s good to hear from the public.

He said this budget year will make it all easier to handle.

"The first couple years we were in Tallahassee it was very difficult and we’ve been able to move past that,” he said.

Davis was named Chair of the Duval delegation for 2014. State Representative Reggie Fullwood was named Vice chair.

This will be Davis’ last year in the legislature. He’s not running for reelection to focus on his position as Executive Director of Jax Chamber.  The 2014 legislative session begins on March 4.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.