The Florida Senate fails again to provide real health-care freedom

For the second year, legislation has been filed regarding Direct Primary Care (DPC) agreements. A Direct Primary Care agreement gives Doctors a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services. Direct care benefits patients by providing substantial savings and more access to, and time with, physicians. Direct Primary Care agreements makes doctors responsive to patients, not insurance company bureaucrats or government rule-makers.

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What happened to the Red Light Camera Repeal in the 2017 Florida Legislative Session?

At the beginning of the 2017 session, the odds seemed in our favor to finally repeal red light cameras. After the 2016 general election, several former House members were elected to the Senate that had supported repealing red light cameras during their time in the House, including two Democrats. Speaker Richard Corcoran pledged to move the repeal bill through the House and even though the Senate always killed repeal efforts in the past, Senate President Negron had voiced support for repealing the cameras.

We felt this was the year to finally rid the state of these for-profit cameras that had become a public hazard. Numerous studies showed increased accidents at red light camera intersections proving what we always knew, that Red Light Cameras were not about safety and were all about revenue.

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The Liberty First Network is hitting the road

The 2017 Florida legislative session is complete. What went right and what went wrong in this session? Who were the legislators that were supporting liberty and who was standing in the way?

Find out about all of this and more as the Liberty First Network goes on the road to give the 2017 Florida Legislative Session review.

We will go over what went well in the 2017 Florida legislative session, what went poorly and what you can do to help influence the Florida legislature in 2018.

If you are part of a group or organization and would like to schedule this presentation for your group contact Alex Snitker at (813) 315-0513. Dates are filling up fast so contact us today to schedule your group.

Scheduled Events:

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The Good and The Bad in the 2017 Florida Legislative Session

On Monday May 8th, the Florida Legislature formally ended the 2017 legislative session. The session was scheduled to end on Friday May 5th, but because the House and the Senate could not agree on the final budget in time, the session was extended to the following Monday. The budget was approved by the House and Senate and now will be sent to the Governor for approval, veto or line item vetoes. Tallahassee insiders are predicting that Governor Scott may veto the entire budget which would mean a special session would be called to start the budget negotiations all over again. The state constitution requires the Legislature complete a budget by July 1st to begin the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The reason Governor Scott may veto the entire budget bill is because the legislature did not include several of Governor Scott’s priorities. Governor Scott requested $100 million for tourism marketing under Visit Florida and only got $25 million. Governor Scott requested $85 million for incentives to bring businesses to Florida and the legislature gave him zero.

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May LFN Legislative Update

We held the Liberty First Network May Legislative agenda call on May 1st at 7:00 PM.

Click on the link below to see the presentation and listen to a recording of this call.

https://fccdl.in/8jm6Wi3wV

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Support HB425: Property rights are advanced when owners have the freedom to rent out their property

Many property owners in Florida generate extra income by renting their homes to tourist vacationing in Florida. These types of rentals also help Florida’s tourism by allowing families to save money by staying together in a home instead of multiple hotel rooms. This flexibility promotes more tourism, which produces $67 billion in economic activity every year.

HB 425 prevents local governments from passing new regulations on vacation rentals based solely on their classification, while not affecting local homeowners’ associations and neighborhoods that have adopted their own covenants, declarations, or bylaws.

Local governments have exploited current rental laws with excessive fines, penalties and fees. HB 425 will safeguard property owners from overreaching local governments with state-wide standards that protect property rights.

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Support SB 616: Support our right to carry firearms

SB 616 would allow concealed weapons permit-holders to carry guns in to courthouses and temporarily surrender and store the gun at a security checkpoint.

TAKE ACTION

SB 616 is on Special Order Calendar for Thursday April 27th, 2017 and could be voted on by the full Senate this week.

Call and e-mail your district Senator to support SB 616 and protect our right to carry firearms

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR

IMPORTANT: Make sure you save the contact information to your State Senator in your cell phone and include both the District office and Tallahassee office numbers.


Two important bills to be voted on this week by the Florida House

Support HB 13: End the Slush Funds for Politicians

Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevolpment Agencie (CRA) . CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are charged with helping blighted neighborhoods. While the mission of a CRA is billed as anti-poverty measures, CRAs have been used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are no longer being used for anti-poverty measures, but are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.

HB 13 will place tighter restrictions on CRAs and begin a phase out period for current CRAs.

Support HB 141: Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

HB 141 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

HB 141 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.

The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area.

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Two important bills will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday

Support SB188: Property rights are advanced when owners have the freedom to rent out their property as they so choose

Many property owners in Florida generate extra income by renting their homes to tourist vacationing in Florida. These types of rentals also help Florida’s tourism by allowing families to save money by staying together in a home instead of multiple hotel rooms. This flexibility promotes more tourism, which produces $67 billion in economic activity every year.

SB 188 prevents local governments from passing new regulations on vacation rentals based solely on their classification, while not affecting local homeowners’ associations and neighborhoods that have adopted their own covenants, declarations, or bylaws.

Local governments have exploited current rental laws with excessive fines, penalties and fees. SB 188 will safeguard property owners from overreaching local governments with state-wide standards that protect property rights.

Support SB 616: Support our right to carry firearms

SB 616 would allow concealed weapons permit-holders to carry guns in to courthouses and temporarily surrender and store the gun at a security checkpoint.

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Support SB 240: Keep government out of our healthcare decisions

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.

This legislation would protect direct patient/doctor agreements from burdensome government regulations and represents a first step toward real healthcare freedom in Florida.

Direct patient/doctor agreements allow a system uncontrolled by government regulations to develop. It makes doctors responsive to patients, not insurance company bureaucrats or government rule-makers.

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