Liberty First Network Candidate Survey

The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we feel it is important that you know where the candidates for the state legislature stand on issues of liberty. We have put together this candidate survey to help in that effort. The results of our survey will be posted on our website and released to our members and networks throughout the state. 

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TAKE ACTION on Occupational Licenses in Florida

Recently the Reason Foundation and the DeVoe L. Moore Center put together a Policy Brief on Occupational Licensing in Florida. This brief talks about how these licenses are unnecessary and are killing jobs here in Florida. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POLICY BRIEF

Briefs like this are a great way to get the conversation started on eliminating these licenses. This report should be given to all of the candidates for State House and State Senate in Florida.  

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2016 Florida Legislative Session Review

The 2016 Florida Legislative session has come to a close as of Friday, March 11th, 2016. The Liberty First Network will be working hard during this off-session season putting together our legislative scorecard, our autopsy reports on how good legislation was killed and some in depth policy positions and legislation for next session. 

We have finished our initial summary of the 2016 Legislative Session. This will give you are overall outlook on how liberty did this year with more details and specific breakdowns to come.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2016 LFN LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

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Red Light Camera Repeal to be voted on by the full House!

HB 4027 will repeal the use of traffic infraction devices, including the use of red light cameras. We know that red light cameras are used only to increase revenue for local governments. They are not there to increase public safety. Notoriously, cities that lose money on the traffic infraction detectors invariably cancel their contracts and stop using them.

It is blatantly evident that red light cameras are solely revenue generation tools at the expense of public safety. Instead of increasing the duration of yellow lights at traffic intersections, which has proved to save lives, the Florida Department of Transportation deliberately changed the state policy to reduce yellow light intervals to below federal recommendations. This substantially increased revenue from violations while increasing the risk to public safety. To make matters worse, Red Flex Traffic Solutions corporate officers have even been arrested and convicted for bribing local government officials to support installation of red light cameras.

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HB 1325 Economic Incentive bill vote totals

HB 1325 The Economic Incentive bill passed the Florida House 79-39 on Wednesday February 24th, 2016. HB 1325 deals with the “Quick Action Closing Fund”, which was created in 2006 to allow the Governor to write checks to lure companies to relocate to Florida. Under Florida law, the governor's multimillion dollar awards can remain secret for a year or longer, if the company requests it. The Governor may approve “Quick Action Closing Fund” projects requiring less than $2 million without consulting the legislature.

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What do you think of the compromise on HB 889?

HB 889 did pass the House Judiciary Committee 17-0 today, but was watered down through an amendment.

What do you think of the compromise on HB 889? CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

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TAKE ACTION and keep the momentum going on SB 1044 (Civil Asset Forfeiture)

Protect your assets and help us stop policing for profit. Currently your assets can be seized without an arrest or conviction.

SB 1044 prohibits forfeiture under Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act from being final until owner of seized property is convicted of criminal act that renders property contraband article. Most Floridians are unaware that assets may be seized absent of the owner being charged with a crime and possession may be permanently transferred without a conviction.

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TAKE ACTION and Protect your assets and help us stop policing for profit

HB 889 prohibits forfeiture under Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act from being final until owner of seized property is convicted of criminal act that renders property contraband article. Most Floridians are unaware that assets may be seized absent of the owner being charged with a crime and possession may be permanently transferred without a conviction.

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TAKE ACTION: SB 1290 will be heard on Wed Feb 24th, 2016 at 1:30 PM

SB 1290 deals with state owned property, specifically “conservation land”. The state along with the Federal government already own almost 1/3 of Florida’s land mass for conservation purposes. The state doesn't need all of what it owns now to provide recreation and ensure conservation of wildlife habitat, SB 1290 also recognizes the state cannot afford to buy and manage all of the land that may be needed to conserve habitat.

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Stop funding Corporate Welfare

As we reported on budget negotiations between the House and Senate on Amendment 1 funding, another key issue will be funding Governor Scott’s request for $250 million for luring companies to relocate to Florida. This incentive money is placed in the “Quick Action Closing Fund”, which was created in 2006 to allow the Governor to write checks to lure companies to relocate to Florida.

Under Florida law, the governor's multi-million dollar awards can remain secret for a year or longer, if the company requests it. The Governor may approve “Quick Action Closing Fund” projects requiring less than $2 million without consulting the legislature.

The Senate has matched Scott's $250 million incentives ask, The House wants reforms passed on how the Governor can hand out checks before agreeing to any funding. More and more House members are questioning the legitimacy of corporate welfare programs like the “Quick Action Closing Fund” and believe increasing the total from the current year's $43 million in incentives funding is too high.

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