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House Panel Pays Tribute To Former Sen. Greg Evers With Approval Of Bill Honoring Him

A group of state lawmakers is remembering a former North Florida colleague who recently died in a car wreck.  A House bill honoring former Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) passed its first committee Wednesday.

The measure seeks to designate a stretch of Highway, State Road 4 in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties as “Senator Greg Evers Memorial Highway.” The House bill’s sponsor is Rep. Jayer Williamson (R-Pace).

“This is a perfect road,” said Williamson. “This is what I would call ‘Greg Evers country,’ right here. It runs passed his farm, passed where his parents lived, and the family is really excited to have this opportunity for this road designation to honor his legacy and everything he’s done for the Panhandle and the state of Florida.”

It passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which Rep. Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) chairs. He calls it an excellent bill, that honors Evers’ 16 years of legislative service.

“Senator Evers—before he became a Senator, he was a state Representative, and served in the House of Representatives with many of us. And, he also chaired this committee, this very committee, and he was very passionate about transportation and the state employees that worked in transportation, and the state employees that worked in transportation, and all state employees for that matter,” said Drake. “It is indeed to honor recognize Senator Evers in this way, and we miss him.”

The measure has two more stops, before heading to the House floor. Meanwhile, its Senate companion by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) has not yet had a hearing.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.