By: Sharon Aron Baron
State Rep. Dan Daley was re-elected to the Florida House after winning the seat uncontested for the second time.
He will continue to serve District 97, which includes Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise, and parts of Plantation.
Daley believes it was a sign to get things done after winning his first election on the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting — and now his re-election on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
The sign was to get safety bills passed, including Alyssa’s Law, which both he and Michael Gottlieb of House District 98 co-sponsored.
Written by School Board Member Lori Alhadeff in memory of her daughter who was killed at MSD, Alyssa’s Law will require each public school to implement a mobile panic alarm. After passing both the house and senate, it now sits on the desk of Gov. DeSantis to sign.
“Alyssa’s Law, I believe, was the most important thing we passed,” said Daley.
During his next legislative session, his goal is to pass Jaime’s Law — for Jaime Guttenberg, which would require a background check on ammunition.
Language from two other bills Daley initiated also passed, including creating a master plan for electric vehicle charging stations on Florida’s highway and banning the sale invasive iguanas.
During this year’s legislative session, Daley, who lives in Sunrise, resided in Tallahassee from January through March.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, and thousands lost their jobs, hundreds of constituents asked for his help due to the state’s overwhelmed unemployment claims website.
In April, he sent a letter to Ken Lawson, director of Economic Opportunity, demanding they get at least 2,000 more state employees dedicated to getting the claims backlog cleared. He also became a liaison between the residents and the agency, helping them to get through the red tape.
A graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Daley went on to graduate cum laude from Florida State University. He earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and passed the bar —while he was working as a Coral Springs City Commissioner. He currently works as a land-use attorney.
Before COVID-19, Daley, who is single, loved to travel, hike, ride horses, and scuba dive.
With an office in Sunrise and satellite offices in Tamarac and Coral Springs, Daley remains accessible and wants to assure city officials and constituents that he has their interest in mind in Tallahassee, and intends to continue working for the issues. Contact him at [email protected]
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