Freshman legislator Sabatini outlines his priorities

Hide caption Lake County’s freshman legislator has his sights set on March 5. The date marks the start of Florida’s 2019 legislative session, and the first for state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills. Sabatini was sworn into office Nov. 20. Since then, he received his committee assignments and began work on bills. “It’s been a lot of learning,” said Sabatini, reflecting on his first two months on the job. “Now I’m ready to get to work on some things that matter to me.” Sabatini, a 30-year-old conservative firebrand and Donald Trump supporter, won the District 32 seat in the 2018 election with 56 percent of his district’s vote, beating Democrat Cynthia Brown. In an interview, Sabatini referred to himself a “student of politics.” He’s a graduate of the University of Florida and the school’s college of law. He was elected to the Eustis City Commission in 2016 and served until last year, when he resigned to run for state House. He’s currently an infantry officer in the Florida National Guard. While he was on the commission, Sabatini said he was most proud of two ordinances he proposed and passed: one that would allow open containers in the downtown area and a panhandling ordinance. His biggest takeaway from his time on the commission was the importance of fiscal stewardship, he said. “I just learned how government works and how government wastes money,” Sabatini said. Money is a word that comes up a lot in conversation for Sabatini. He’s particularly interested in […]

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