A well-known Jacksonville businessman who made his mark in personnel recruiting, temporary help and employee testing industries, Jim King has achieved an outstanding record of legislative success since being elected in 1986. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
He formed and led the coalition of legislators that voted against the service tax and fought for its repeal.
He has consistently sponsored legislation which would change the lottery money spending so the revenues would be "in addition to" not "instead of" general revenues directed to public education.
He sponsored and passed Florida's "Death with Dignity" living will legislation allowing the terminally ill to refuse artificial life support systems and sustenance.
He co-sponsored legislation that allowed American Sign Language to take the place of a foreign language requirement for a college degree.
He increased penalties for criminals who are guilty of crimes against the elderly or children.
He co-sponsored legislation which grants a judge the right to assign the death penalty to a drug dealer found guilty of selling drugs which ultimately led to a death.
He fought for and passed a law to protect the rights of universities and individual athletes by establishing "due process" within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - an effort that brought him national acclaim.
"Teachers have endorsed Jim King"
He sponsored the "Criminal Restitution Lien Law" which prevents incarcerated criminals from benefitting from publication of their criminal acts or from frivolous lawsuits against the state, county or city, without first giving restitution to the taxpayers for their incarceration and to the victim(s).
His "tell it like it is" style has won him numerous accolades by constituents and his colleagues. He has demonstrated his proven talent and leadership.