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David Rice

Commissioner (Monroe County, FL) - District 4 (? - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • PhD, Chemical Psychology, Florida State University, 1973
  • MA, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1968
  • BS, Psychology, Louisiana College, 1965

Professional Experience

  • PhD, Chemical Psychology, Florida State University, 1973
  • MA, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1968
  • BS, Psychology, Louisiana College, 1965
  • Executive Director, Guidance Clinic of Middle Keys, 1973-2005

Political Experience

  • PhD, Chemical Psychology, Florida State University, 1973
  • MA, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1968
  • BS, Psychology, Louisiana College, 1965
  • Executive Director, Guidance Clinic of Middle Keys, 1973-2005
  • Member, Executive Committee, Republican Party, Monroe County, 2004-present
  • Candidate, Florida State House of Representatives, 2006., District 120, 2006
  • County Commissioner, Monroe County, 2002-2006

Former Committees/Caucuses

Chair, Monroe County Land Authority, 2002-2006

Vice President, South Florida Regional Planning Council, 2002-2006

Chair/President, Marathon Economic Development Council, 1999-2002

Vice Chair, Monroe County Housing Authority, 1990-2002

Member, South Florida Resource Conservation and Development Council, 1999-2002

Member, Area Health Education Council, 1996-2001

Current Legislative Committees

No committee memberships found.

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • PhD, Chemical Psychology, Florida State University, 1973
  • MA, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1968
  • BS, Psychology, Louisiana College, 1965
  • Executive Director, Guidance Clinic of Middle Keys, 1973-2005
  • Member, Executive Committee, Republican Party, Monroe County, 2004-present
  • Candidate, Florida State House of Representatives, 2006., District 120, 2006
  • County Commissioner, Monroe County, 2002-2006
  • Member, Leadership Monroe
  • Member, Marathon Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Masonic Lodge #323
  • Vice President, Historic Florida Keys Foundation, 2000-2002
  • President/Founding Member, Pigeon Key Foundation, 1996-2002
  • President, Rural Health Network, 1995-2002
Policy Positions

Florida State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legal.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- X

4. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- X

5. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- X

6. Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- X

7. Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
- X

8. Other or expanded principles
- G - only when safety of client is not jepardized

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

2. Support the death penalty in Florida.
- X

3. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- No Answer

4. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- X

5. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

6. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

7. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

8. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

9. Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
- X

10. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- No Answer

11. Strengthen sex-offender laws.
- X

12. Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
- X

13. Other or expanded principles
- Support in prison drug treatment for selected inmates.

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- X

2. Support a constitutional amendment to provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- X

3. Support a constitutional amendment to provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- X

4. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

5. Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

6. Require that 65 percent of Florida's education funding be spent in the classroom.
- X

7. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- X

8. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- X

9. Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- X

10. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- X

11. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- No Answer

12. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- X

13. Relax class-size limits for Florida public schools.
- No Answer

14. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

15. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

16. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

6. Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws.
- X

7. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

1. Public employment
- No

2. State college and university admissions
- No

3. State contracting
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- 1. Affordable windstorm insurace must be accomplished in the very near future to protect both property owners and the economy of Florida. The effort of a grassroots organization in Monroe County (FIRM) has produced encouraging rate reductions and has generated an Insurance Bill of Rights which should serve as a guide for legislative change. 2. Affordable/Workforce housing is rapidly becoming a statewide issue. Funding should involve removing the cap from the Sawoski fund.

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

2. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

3. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- X

4. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

5. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- X

6. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

7. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

8. Remove the cap on affordable housing spending in Florida.
- X

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- X

5. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- No Answer

6. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- No Answer

2. Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- X

3. Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

4. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- X

5. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- X

6. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Florida.
- No Answer

7. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

1. Education (Higher)
- Maintain Status

2. Education (K-12)
- Maintain Status

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Emergency preparedness
- Maintain Status

5. Health care
- Maintain Status

6. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

7. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

8. Welfare
- Maintain Status

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

1. Alcohol taxes
- Slightly Increase

2. Capital gains taxes
- Maintain Status

3. Cigarette taxes
- Slightly Increase

4. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

5. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Property taxes
- Slightly Decrease

7. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

8. Vehicle taxes
- Maintain Status

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

10. Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
- Yes

11. Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
- Undecided

12. Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
- No

13. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

2. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- X

3. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- No Answer

4. Increase funding for improvements to Florida's power generating and transmission facilities.
- No Answer

5. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

6. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- Encourage clean up of contaminated sites as condition of development

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support the current limit of terms for Florida governors?
- Yes

2. Do you support the current limit of terms for Florida state senators and representatives?
- Yes

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. Individual
- Yes

2. PAC
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Parties
- No

5. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

6. Do you support the power to amend the state constitution through ballot initiative petitions?
- Undecided

7. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- Undecided

8. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

9. Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Florida are closed?
- Yes

10. Should Florida recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. Please list what changes (if any) you would make to lower property insurance rates. Please use forty (40) words or less.
- establish lower entry level for insurance companies to enter the state CAT funds. Adopt Florida Insurance Rights as developed by FIRM. Advocate for Federal Catestrophic Policy.

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer