The Other Side of the Red Light Camera Battle

By Paul Henry
February 18, 2017

Since 2011, I’ve gone to the legislature to convince them to do away with red light cameras. Every year, I face an armada of government-funded lobbyists and quasi-government lobbyists such as the Florida League of Cities. Government lobbying government is big business, with 288 private lobbyists lobbying the Legislature to the tune of $12 million of our tax dollars. Then there are camera vendor lobbyists, who have decreased over time as taxpayer-funded lobbyists have increased.

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Next week will be a busy week and we need your help

There are 6 different bills coming up in various committees that we support next week in Tallahassee.

These bills will be covering the following issues

  • The Repeal of Red Light Cameras
  • Direct Care
  • Craft Breweries
  • Ride Sharing Services
  • Judicial Term Limits
  • Corporate Welfare

 

Make sure that these legislators hear from you on the issues and let them know where you stand. Below you will find information on each issue and a link for more information and how you can take action to help. 

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Hold Judges Accountable-Support HJR 1

Currently, the Florida Supreme Court justices and Appellate Court judges are appointed by the Governor and only face a merit retention system where citizens vote yes or no on the judge every six years. This merit retention system has failed to hold judges accountable and no judge has ever been ousted in a merit retention vote. Because judges know once appointed, they will never be voted out in a merit retention vote, they are free to push their political agenda in irreversible ways that affect the everyday lives of Floridians.

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TAKE ACTION: Support HB 221 Make Sure Ride-sharing Services have a Place in Florida

HB 221 would prevent local governments from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft and would adopt a uniform, common sense law focused on safety and access to the new technology. HB 221 will be heard in the House Government Accountability Committee on Tuesday February 21st, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

It makes no sense that 67 counties and 410 municipalities would create their own set of regulations, which would make it impossible for ride-share drivers to comply as they serve neighboring cities and counties.

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TAKE ACTION Stop picking winners and losers and wasting taxpayer money-Support HB 7005

HB 7005 will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday February 21st, 2017.

HB 7005 will eliminate the state’s economic incentive programs, such as Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. Enterprise Florida is the public-private partnership that works under a contract with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to implement these failed programs.

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TAKE ACTION: Help Support SB 240 and Give Patients a Real Choice

SB 240 Specifies that direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance & is not subject to Florida Insurance Code. SB 240 will be heard in the Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday February 21st, 2017 at 12:30 PM.

SB 240 provides that a direct primary agreement and the act of entering into such an agreement is not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code and exempts a primary care provider, which includes a primary care group practice, or his or her agent, from any certification or license requirements in the Code for marketing, selling, or offering to sell an agreement.

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TAKE ACTION: Help us continue the fight against Red Light Cameras

HB 6007 (repeal Red Light Cameras) will be heard in the House Government Accountability Committee Tuesday February 21st at 10:00 AM.

We are working to bring back a bill to repeal red light cameras in the Senate, it is crucial to pass HB 6007 to make this happen.

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TAKE ACTION Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute Support SB 554

Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries.

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Support Direct Care and Give Patients a Real Choice

HB 161 Specifies that direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance & is not subject to Florida Insurance Code

HB 161 provides that a direct primary agreement and the act of entering into such an agreement are not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code and exempts a primary care provider, which includes a primary care group practice, or his or her agent, from any certification or license requirements in the Code for marketing, selling, or offering to sell an agreement.

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The DEO, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida.

Comments on PCB CCS 17-01
By Paul Henry
February 7, 2017

Mr. Chairman, I’m speaking today as both a lobbyist for the Liberty First network and also as your neighbor in Jefferson County. I’ve seen firsthand the end result of so-called economic development via government incentives and will address them shortly. In the interest of time, I’m only going to touch on three areas of this 172 page bill: The DEO, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STAFF ANALYSIS

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