food donor protection bill passes Florida Senate unanimously FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 09:38:10 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.sptimes.com:80/TampaBay/41098/Page_s_efforts_help_b.html
St. Petersburg Times - April 10, 1998 - By LUCY MORGAN

PAGE'S EFFORTS HELP BILL SAIL THROUGH THE SENATE

David Levitt, a 16-year-old Osceola High School student who has spent four
years lobbying for a bill that could increase donations of leftover food to
the homeless, got a rare opportunity Thursday.

The Florida Senate waived its rules and let Levitt, a page, speak about the
bill. Sen. Charlie Crist, R-St. Petersburg, sponsored the legislation,
which extends the state's good Samaritan law so people who transport the
food to charitable causes have liability coverage.

Levitt thanked the Senate and said more than 500,000 pounds of food have
been delivered to charities in Pinellas County through Tampa Bay Harvest, a
program that takes leftovers from school cafeterias and gives it to the
homeless and hungry.

The bill passed unanimously. It goes next to the House, where Rep. Dennis
Jones, R-Treasure Island, will work for its passage. Last year, the bill
passed the House but was not heard in the Senate.

--Today is the 39th day of the annual 60-day legislative session.

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