At their first joint press conference since becoming the state's top lawmakers, Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli touted a new parenting program that started in Brevard County.
The program, It's Time to be a Parent Again, puts on seminars meant to help parents discipline their children. Featured speakers at the seminars include prison inmates and the state attorney, who leads a discussion on parental rights.
"The sheriff or the chief of police shouldn't be the chief law enforcement officer in your child's life," Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.
The purpose of the news conference, Ivey said, was to announce that the program would soon be expanding into Polk, Osceloa and Seminole counties. It has already served more than 2,000 parents in Brevard, he added.
Gardiner and Crisafulli, who both represent parts of Brevard County, said virtually nothing during the press conference.
"An opportunity to empower parents is important," Crisafulli told reporters after the event.
But one thing was made clear: Central Florida, and Brevard County in particular, is going to get a lot of legislative love over the next two years.