Good evening and welcome to our live chat.
We will be hosting a live forum for the State Senate District 28 candidate race at 5:30 p.m. in our studio.
I'm here with reporter Alexandra Glorioso. Hi Alex!
District 28 candidates Rep. Matt Hudson and Rep. Kathleen Passidomo will participate in the forum.
Hello Vonna! Excited to hang with you and our online community tonight for the State Senate forum at Naples Daily News.
Do you have a question for the candidates? If so, please submit your questions in the chat and it may be asked during the forum.
First three questions from moderators are dealing with negative ads that put out by campaigns and PACs supporting those campaigns.
Passidomo and Hudson have both been painted as liberals in the very conservative district through these ads. Passidomo says she voted for 7 out of 9 pro-life bills in the Senate last year. She said one she didn't vote for was a piece of legislation that required doctors to lie to patients. She said the other bill she voted against was a mistake and she was misled in regard to funding for the legislation.
The PAC supporting Hudson, Making the Right Call for Florida, has moved lots of money around through other PACs this year. Passidomo said that the negative ads are hurting her family and she wishes they could move past them. Hudson said it's a two-way street.
Moving onto Lake Okeechobee..
Passidomo says we need to buy land and north, finish the re-alignment of the Kissimmee River. Says we need to make sure federal government meet obligation to repair the dike. Said buying all US Sugar land maybe more than we need.
Essentially proposing multi-pronged approach without committing to one thing.
Hudson on Lake O: We have loads of projects on the books. Why not see if any of those projects can work?
Both candidates pushing for federal government to meet its end of the deal.
Chad Oliver: You both served multiple bills in the house. What bills have you accomplished on the end of Lake O?
Hudson: Says something about the Kissimmee river that I didn't hear... said they
funded a number of stormwater treatment areas that allow for water to collect purify, etc. Personally had water project funded. Pushes rest of answer onto the federal government.
Passidomo: Need to complete projects currently underway -- Kissimmee River restoration is almost finished. Need to follow the course of a study prepared last year.
Fracking Issue from Passidomo: it's legal to frack in Florida. We need to create a regulation of fracking the specifically includes the kinds of chemicals in the bill so that we know what people are doing on the land.
Hudson on fracking: The bill proposed last year would put a moratorium on fracking last year until scientific studies done. We need to use Florida-based science. Then, he moves onto private property rights.
Estimated cost of fracking study was 1-1.5 million -- do they support putting that money in the budget? And can communities opt out of fracking?
Hudson: Yes, I would support putting the money into the budget. You have to have that good science to move forward. Home-rule decision -- only a couple regions in the state that actually have oil.
Passidomo: Of course I would support funding the study. With regard to the issue of state vs local. I am a big proponent of home-rule in all aspects. What aspects should the state control?
Passidomo: We have given zoning back to local government. I think the counties and cities should weigh in on zoning of the wells. But methods need to be at state level. State regulates, but where it will be initiated, we have to listen to local govt because that's a zoning issue.
Healthcare... Should Florida continue to opt out of medicaid expansion?