November 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter – Issue No. 21 – November 2019

Personal Message from Rep. Bob Rommel

The Interim Committee Meetings started in mid-September and are now half-way finished.  During House committee meetings, members hear briefings and participate in important discussions on items ranging from public integrity and ethics discussions to abortion restrictions and state education improvements.  The end goal of these Interim Committee Meetings is for the members of the various committees to determine the agenda for the upcoming Legislative Session, which opens on January 14, 2020.

On October 30th, Collier County Legislators  including Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Representatives Bob Rommel, Byron Donalds and Ana Maria Rodriguez, hosted its 2019 Legislative Delegation Day at the North Collier Regional Park.  This event provides an opportunity for agencies, organizations as well members of the public to present their issues, needs and concerns to their Legislators.  Almost 50 public and private agencies and 15 members of the public spoke.  It was a full day and provided the Legislators with much upon which to ponder.

Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day.  This annual federal holiday honors military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Generations of Americans owe a great debt of gratitude for the service and sacrifices of these men and women.

Bob Rommel
State Representative – District 106

November 11th – Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a holiday held every 11 November to honor all military personnel who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I.

The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, however it did not officially end that war. The official end came on 28 June 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. On the other hand, since the U.S. never signed the Treaty of Versailles like the other Allies, one could say that, for the U.S. at least, the 11 November armistice really did end the war.

In the immediate years after Armistice Day, the focus of the celebrations was on the veterans of World War I. However, the day was always meant to honor all veterans of foreign wars who risked their lives on the battle field to secure the freedoms of all Americans.

In 1926 Congress finally decided to declare that World War I was over. It was odd for this recognition of an existing reality to come seven years late. But without the U.S. agreeing to the Treaty of Versailles, there had been no official end to the war. Congress also expressed a desire for 11 November to be a legal holiday, following the lead of 27 states to have already done so. Congress called for the holiday to be a day of prayer and thanksgiving and expressed a desire that the U.S. flag be on display during this day and that special ceremonies be held.

Armistice Day finally became a permanent, official public holiday in 1938. Eerily enough, the holiday designed to honor World War I veterans became official only a few years before World War II arrived.

Over time, particularly once World War II was fought (and then the Korean and Vietnam wars), the focus on the 1918 Armistice was lost and the name of the holiday was changed. Additionally, Veterans Day is generally regarded today as honoring all those who ever served in the U.S. Armed Force rather than only those who actually fought in a war.

The next stage in the history of Veterans Day came in 1954, when it received its present name. Congress made the change when pressed to do so by various private veterans organizations.

Thank you to all the men and women who fought and served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans Day Events in Collier County

Veterans Day will be celebrated November 11th at Cambier Park in downtown Naples.  The ceremony will begin at 10am.

Take your seats at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time. Parking is limited.  Plan to arrive early enough to hunt for parking and take your seats no later than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of this event.  This is an outdoor venue.  Please bring your water bottles and an umbrella.

Other Veterans Day Events in Collier County

Collier Lee Honor Flights

The mission of the Collier Lee Honor Flight is to transport local Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. CLHF was established on September 25th, 2013 to bring this program to the Collier and Lee County area. A very successful inaugural flight (Mission 1) took place on November 9th, 2013, just six weeks after forming. To date CLHF has transported nearly 1200 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans on this deeply emotional and well deserved trip.

Most recently, another amazing Mission 21 took off at on November 2nd, 2019.  They escorted WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans to visit their memorials in D.C.  They provided also an evening of Honor to local Veterans who are unable to fly.

Our treasured Veterans departed RSW  for a one day trip to our nation’s capital. While in Washington, in addition to witnessing the changing of the guard at Arlington, they visited the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial.

CLHF is currently preparing for Mission 22, which will be in April 25, 2020.  They truly believe that the service of our WWII vets and their sacrifices saved the world from oppression and this is their very small way of saying, “thank you.”

See for additional details.

Rep. Rommel’s Bills Filed Thus Far for 2020 Session

1.     HB 305 Preemption of Conditions of Employment : Preempts to state, right to regulate conditions of employment by an employer; voids certain ordinances, regulations, or policies that are preempted by act.

2.     HR 323 United States Constitution and the Electoral College (Resolution): Reaffirms oath of office made by each member of House of Representatives to support, protect, & defend the U.S. Constitution, including the 12th Amendment, and the preservation of Electoral College.

3.     HJR 477 Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise Local Taxes or Fees: Proposes amendment to constitution to prohibit municipality, county, school board, or special district from imposing, authorizing, or raising local tax or fee except by vote approved by two-thirds of membership of relevant jurisdiction, & requires any such proposed local tax or fee imposition or increase to be contained in separate resolution or ordinance.

Collier County’s 2019 Legislative Delegation Day

On Wednesday, October 30th, Collier County’s legislators, Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Representatives Byron Donalds, Ana Maria Rodriguez and Bob Rommel, hosted the annual Legislative Delegation Day at North Collier Regional Park.  There were almost 50 speakers from various local non-profits and agencies who presented their needs and legislative priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session.  In addition, there were 15 members of the public, who presented their issues and concerns to the Legislators.  It was a very long, but productive day that provided our State Legislators with information needed to make informative and wise decisions in the upcoming session that begins in January.

Thank you to all of this year’s participants.  You make the difference!

Pictured below are Collier County’s State Legislators listening to the various presentations.  Also pictures are members of the public who expressed their opposition to SB 64, which would have eliminated religious grounds as an exemption from vaccinations.

Out ‘n About the District

Although most of the Representative’s time has been spent in Tallahassee recently, he was present at the ribbon cutting for the newly built Student and Community Counseling Center at FGCU.  This center will serve the communities with graduates and will be a resource for those struggling with mental health issues.  It’s a huge win, win!!

Personnel Announcement

Representative Rommel and the staff of District 106  are looking forward to having Yevheniya Krasynska as an intern for our office this upcoming legislative session. Yevheniya is a FGCU Eagle 🦅 from our local district & will serve as our Office Government Relations intern in Tallahassee! #FGCU #FlaPol #GoEagles

Episode #21 of the Rommel Report

Episode #21 of the Rommel Report

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Bob welcomes David Lawrence Center CEO, Scott Burgess to the podcast.  Bob and Scott dive deep into a number of topics ranging from mental health awareness to addiction issues and how the David Lawrence Center can help those people in need, along with the community.  A good counselor is so important. With Collier County growing at a rapid pace, the number of mental health cases is poised to rise quickly. Bob and Scott talk about a number of stats and preventive measures you can examine to find out whether someone you love may need attention.

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!


Episode #20 of the Rommel Report

Episode #20 of the Rommel Report

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With Budget battles and more on the horizon, how can we ensure that politicians will be responsible when it comes to the taxpayer’s money? Bob welcomes Grover Norquist to the show. He is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. Together, they talk about the President’s tax reforms, the impact of raising the federal minimum wage, student loan debt and health care reform. What are the problems facing the taxpayers and the solutions that can lead us to a more prosperous nation?

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!



Episode #19 of the Bob Rommel Report

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The government has expanded to the point that it is way past its core function. So how do we get it back to our foundation? Bob welcomes Skylar Zander to the show! He is the Florida State Director of Americans For Prosperity. Together, they talk about some of the major issues in our country today, from Healthcare to the talk of “free college”. They discuss how bad government policies seem to be “fixed” by introducing more bad policies! How can we break this cycle? What would our Founding Fathers think about where we stand today? Where are the people who want to fight debt and deficits in the country?

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!

The Rommel Report – Episode #18, a look at the Senate with Sen. Kathleen Passidomo

Episode #18 of the Rommel Report

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As Bob visits with constituents in Southwest Florida, he’s often asked about the difference between the House and the Senate in Tallahassee. Kathleen Passidomo is Florida Senate Majority Leader and she joins the podcast! Together, they discuss the differences between the two chambers and some of the work they have accomplished together. She talks about her views on some of the legislation that has passed this year and what is in store for the state as we move forward. Plus, hear her views on Nancy Pelosi, Sanctuary Cities and President Trump.

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!


Episode #17 of the Rommel Report

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Will people look back on the 2019 legislative session in Tallahassee and say it was historic? Bob welcomes Ray Rodrigues to the podcast. He is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 76th District. He believes people recognize this year as a historic one for the state. First, they start with legalizing vouchers in education and empowering parents. This a fight that was a quarter of a century in the making. Next, they discuss the reforms in health care, including getting rid of the Certificate of Need and legalizing the ability to buy prescription drugs from Canada. Can these changes in the state have wide-ranging ramification across the nation? Will these legislative victories leave an indelible mark on the state?

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!

Episode #9 of the Rommel Report

Episode #9 of the Rommel Report

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What does it mean to be a Frederick Douglass Republican? KCarl Smith joins the podcast. He is a former Army officer and motivational speaker who has become a sought-after Political Activist. His quest is simple: To re-ignite America’s passion for Liberty and to help shape a new Republican Party. Together, they explore the issue of race relations and the GOP. How did the political Left turn the narrative against the Conservatives? Find out how a commitment to the Constitution can lead to the kind of empowerment so many in this country desire. Learn about his unique and powerfully effective strategy to help Conservatives create an atmosphere for political dialogue without being accused of racism.

Find out on this informative episode of The Rommel Report!