The Late David Coley Honored

Florida legislators are remembering one of their own as they draft legislation to fund cancer research and help state retirees pay for health care.

Members of law enforcement, firefighters and teachers organizations gathered in the Capitol to announce the creation of the David Coley Act.

The act would pump additional state dollars into retired state workers’ health insurance.

State Senator Al Lawson called it a fitting tribute to the late Rep. David Coley, who also served as a Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary trooper.

The legislation also puts $57 million into cancer research.

Coley died of liver cancer last year. His wife was named to succeed him in the House.