Dane Eagle

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Dane Eagle
Dane Eagle.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 77th district
Assumed office
November 6, 2012
Preceded byRedistricted
Personal details
Born (1983-05-22) May 22, 1983 (age 35)
Cape Coral, Florida
Political partyRepublican
Alma materFlorida Gulf Coast University (A.A.)
University of Florida (B.A.)
ProfessionReal estate broker

Dane Eagle (born May 22, 1983) is a Republican member and of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 77th District, which includes Cape Coral in Lee County, since 2012. Eagle is the acting Majority Whip of the Florida House[1].

After graduating with honors from Bishop Verot High School, where he served as Class President and played football, Dane received his degree in Economics from the University of Florida. It was during his college years that he discovered his passion and interest in politics and government, and upon graduation he moved to Tallahassee to work in the political arena.

Dane achieved the post of Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor at age 24 – the youngest in Florida’s history. In this position he helped manage the Executive Branch of the State of Florida while working closely with the Florida Legislature and had the opportunity to extensively travel the state, the nation, and the world, helping those in need on a daily basis and meeting with some of the world’s most distinguished leaders.

In 2010 Dane returned home to beautiful Southwest Florida where he could be closer to family, friends, and the community he loves. He vigorously campaigned to fill a vacant seat in the Florida House of Representatives and was elected in a landslide victory in November 2012 at age 29.

Since taking office, Dane has distinguished himself as a highly effective legislator by passing a total of 34 bills through the Florida House, 22 of which have become laws that cut taxes, remove burdensome regulations, make government more accountable, honor our veterans, and keep dangerous criminals off our streets. He currently serves as the House Majority Whip and previously served as Chairman of the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee. Dane is as a commercial real estate broker in his professional career, and he enjoys spending his free time by enjoying all that Southwest Florida has to offer.

Dane Eagle is honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve his friends and neighbors in the Florida House of Representatives. He utilizes his passion, experience, and strong work ethic each day to represent his constituents at the highest standards.


History[edit]

Eagle was born in Cape Coral, and attended Bishop Verot High School while working at his family's real estate business, Eagle Realty. He later attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where he received his associate degree in 2003 while working as a realtor full-time. Following graduation, Eagle attended the University of Florida, majoring in economics and initially aspiring to be a pediatrician. After he was appointed to a citizen advisory committee in Gainesville, however, he decided to enter public service, and upon graduation, moved to Tallahassee, where he eventually became the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Crist. After working for several years in government, he eventually moved back to Cape Coral, working for Dane Realty full-time.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of Florida House districts, Eagle opted to run in the newly created 77th District, based in Cape Coral. He racked up endorsements from former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, State Senator Michael S. Bennett, State Representatives Gary Aubuchon, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the National Rifle Association.[2] In the Republican primary, Eagle faced former City Councilman Chris Berardi, whom he was able to defeat in a landslide, winning 71% of the vote to Berardi's 29%. Advancing to the general election, he faced Arvella Clare, the Democratic nominee. During the course of the campaign, he earned the endorsement of The News-Press, which praised him for "[h]is knowledge of government, his passion for Southwest Florida and his willingness to listen to ideas different than his."[3] Ultimately, Clare did not prove to be a major obstacle to Eagle, and he defeated her easily, winning his first term in the legislature with 62% of the vote. In 2018 he faced a general election against Democrat candidate Alanis Garcia, the first openly trans candidate for State Representative in Florida. He won the election for his last term with a 63% victory

Drug Free Public Officers Act[edit]

Dane Eagle sponsored House Bill 1435, titled "Drug Free Public Officers Act" which would require public officers and elected officials to take drug tests. Anyone refusing to take the test would have to resign.[4]

Notable Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Bills[edit]

CS/HB 485 – Sexual Offenses Against Students by Authority Figures (2014)

Connected to the “Stop Harassing Underage Teens Act,” this bill provides reclassification of specified sexual offenses committed against students by authority figures if a school or other institution. It provides severity ranking for the offenses as well. [5]


CS/CS/HB 709 – Alzheimer’s Disease (2014)

This bill requires DEM to develop and maintain special needs shelter registration program by a specified date. It establishes Ed & Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Program within DOH. The legislation requires the program to provide grants and fellowships for research relating to Alzheimer's disease and creates Alzheimer's Disease Research Grant Advisory Board. Furthermore, it requires reports to the Governor, Legislature, & State Surgeon General and requires DEA to provide incentive based funding, subject to appropriation, for certain memory disorder clinics.[6]


CS/HB 59 – Offenses against Unborn Children (2014) The focus of this bill is creating a new, separate offense for criminal conduct causing injuries to or the death of an unborn child. This comes into action when it is provided that a separate offense resulting from injuries to an unborn child occurred, not just the death of the unborn child as provided under current law in some circumstances. In addition to this, the bill expands the class of unborn children who may be crime victims to include unborn children at any stage of fetal development, not just those unborn children who have reached the point of viability.[7]


CS/CS/CS/HB 439 – Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System (2016)

The primary focus of this legislation is to expand the availability and increase awareness of the importance of mental health services. This bill expands eligibility for military veterans and other service member court programs. It authorized the creation of treatment-based mental health court programs. The bill is also responsible for creating the Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program and gave authorization to courts to order certain offenders on probation or community control to postadjudicatory mental health programs.[8]


CS/CS/HB 1411 – Termination of Pregnancies (2016)

Protecting the rights of unborn children and fetuses is the main focus of this action. This bill revised the requirements for disposal of fetal remains, as well as the criminal punishment for failure to properly dispose of fetal remains properly. It mandated that the Agency for Health Care Administration were to develop and enforce rules relating to license inspections and investigations of certain clinics while requiring certain organizations that provide abortion referral services or abortion counseling services to register with the agency, pay a specified fee, and include certain information in advertisements.[9]


CS/CS/HB 545 – Human Trafficking (2016)

This legislation includes human trafficking as predicate offense for felony murder, as well as prohibits permanently branding, or directing permanent branding, of victim of human trafficking. It requires DOH to suspend license of massage therapist or massage establishment for specified violations in conjunction with establishment and provides that licensed massage therapist may not receive new or renewal license if applicant is convicted of certain prostitution offenses in conjunction with massage establishment. Important aspects of the bill include that it provides that minors may not be charged with specified prostitution offenses, and it requires person convicted of specified racketeering offenses to register as sexual predator or sexual offender.[10]


HB 1239 – School Bus Safety (2017)

Also known as the Cameron Mayhew Act, this bill is intended to increase penalties for motorists who fail to stop for a school bus. It establishes a fine of $1,500 for a person who fails to stop for a school bus and results in serious bodily harm or death of another person. In addition, it adds additional points to an individual’s driving record for passing a stopped school bus, even if there are no resulting bodily injury or harm to another person.[11]


CS/HB 83 – Offenses by Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States (2017)

This bill reclassifies offenses if they are committed by illegal aliens and specifies the enhancement of sentencing and gain-time eligibility for such individuals.[12]


HB 39 – Weapons and Firearms (2018)

Reduces penalties applicable to person that is licensed to carry concealed weapon or firearm for said individual’s first or second violation of specified provisions related to openly carrying weapons. The bill also ascertains that individuals with such licensure are not in violation if their weapon is temporarily or openly displayed.[13]

DUI arrest[edit]

On April 21, 2014, Eagle was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee, FL, following a series of events that included speeding, reckless driving and running a red light. He was also noted to have bloodshot eyes, was staggering and smelling of alcohol. Eagle claimed that the smell of alcohol coming from his vehicle was the result of having people who were drunk in his car earlier in the night and refused to submit to a field sobriety evaluation. Following his arrest, he refused to take a breath test.[14]

Following his arrest, Eagle put out a statement, declaring, "I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. While there are some decisions I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events. Under the advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all of the details right now, but I look forward to publicly (sic) sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone's patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions, and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter."[15]

Later that year, Eagle won a primary election with three opponents garnering 64% of the vote, and 90% of the vote in the general election.[16] Dane was re-elected in 2016, running unopposed. [17]

The News-Press, which had endorsed him in his 2012 campaign, drew parallels between Eagle's arrest and disgraced former United States Congressman Trey Radel's arrest for cocaine use, noting that Eagle "has disappointed his constituency and embarrassed himself," and questioning why he refused to exonerate himself with a breath test, if he was correct about the fact that he had not been drinking. [18] Despite this, the News Press would endorse Eagle again for re-election in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4573
  2. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 25, 2012). "HD 77: Former Charlie Crist Hand Dane Eagle Has Financial Edge". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Endorsement: Florida House District 77 - Dane Eagle". The News-Press. October 21, 2012. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  4. ^ wctv.com, Mar 05, 2014, New House Bill Would Require Drug Tests For Public Officers By: Bailey Myers, [1]
  5. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51617
  6. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51803
  7. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=51169
  8. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=55371
  9. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=56464
  10. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=55474
  11. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=59337
  12. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=56696
  13. ^ https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=59793
  14. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (April 22, 2014). "Dane Eagle arrested for DUI". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 9, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Breitenstein, Dave (May 2, 2014). "Dash cam video of Rep. Eagle's DUI arrest". The News-Press. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  16. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Dane_Eagle
  17. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Dane_Eagle
  18. ^ "Instant Editorial: Eagle's DUI arrest seems representative of our leaders lately". The News-Press. April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.

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