Category: Florida Legislation

Legislative Update

The following bills have passed both Chambers of the Florida Legislature and have been signed by the governor. HB 5 – Ballot Measures – places restrictions on the process for collecting signatures on petitions to amend the Florida constitution. HB 19 – Prescription Drug Importation Program – allows importation of lower cost prescription drugs. HB …

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Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments-Update

Florida has passed a bill that will likely make it harder to put citizens’ initiatives on the ballot. The bill (HB 5)  places additional restrictions on gathering the hundreds of thousands of petition signatures needed to reach the ballot. Changes to petition gathering will occur on July 7, 2019. Therefore, please gather as many petitions …

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Big fat lie exposed: Florida legislature’s small government platflorm

by Teresa Jenkins, Charlotte County Democrats Vice Chair and Legislative Committe Chair The 2019 legislative session thankfully has ended. Rep Jose Oliva, the current speaker of the Florida House, got a lot of what he wanted. For years he said he would support the state’s right to preempt towns from making their own laws as …

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Felons’ rights cause divides in closing days

With days left before the legislative session ends Friday, the Senate sponsor of a proposal aimed at carrying out a constitutional amendment on felons’ voting rights said he worked all weekend to reach what he called a compromise with his House counterpart. But Senate Democrats are still opposed to the measure, which they believe creates …

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Do these rural areas need new toll roads? Maybe, if you’re a billionaire landowner

  Peterffy, who gave $310,000 to DeSantis’ campaign last year, is hardly the only person who could profit off a bill that would expand two toll roads and build one new one through rural parts of Florida. Road builders, home builders, engineers and other interests are poised to reap billions by what would be Florida’s …

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Senate & House Calendars Week of April 22

There are two weeks remaining in the 2019 Florida State Legislature. Enough time to do immense harm. Listed are bills that must be stopped. HB refers to a House Bill. Call Rep. Michael Grant, 850-717-5075 SB refers to a Senate Bill. Call Sen. Bill Albritton, 863-534-0073, Call Sen. Joe Gruters, 850-487-5023 NO: HB 7093/SB 7030 …

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Armed Teachers in Florida: Irresponsible

The Florida Senate has moved forward with school security legislation (SB 7030) that includes a provision that would allow classroom teachers to carry weapons. For years, the leading champion for arming teachers was U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, a staunch guns right advocate. He sponsored a bill three years in a row when he was a …

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Tallahassee: Stay Out of Local Government’s Business

Every year the Florida Legislature puts forth bills with the goal of hamstringing local governments. From prohibiting local bans on plastic straws to preventing any new business regulation by a city or county, our lawmakers are filing bills intended to do nothing but prevent local control. The worst offender in 2019 is Port Charlotte Republican …

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Legislative Activity – Week of March 18

Bills we are watching in the Florida House: HB 1335 would amend Florida’s statute to require that teenagers who don’t get permission from their parents/guardian to get an abortion would have to plead their case before a judge. The bill was approved in the Health Quality Subcommittee; it is now in the Judiciary Committee. HB 7089 …

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