The Will of the People: Florida House Passes Red Light Camera Ban 94-22

By Paul Henry

March 24, 2017

House Bill 6007, the 2017 version of a red light camera ban passed the House by a greater margin than ever before: a total of 94 Yeas and only 22 Nays, or 78% for banning cameras. Last year the vote was 86 Yeas to 34 Nays, with the Senate Companion Bill 168 dying in Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development.

In a time of candidates getting barely 50% of a vote, this 78% vote clearly reflects the will of the people of Florida. Unfortunately, a key vote in the Senate Transportation committee killed the companion Senate Bill 178. Of the 5 members on the committee, only 4 were present, and the vote was a tie, 2 to 2, which meant the bill again died in committee. What is telling here is that as anti-camera House members such as Frank Artilles move to the Senate, the balance there is shifting away from support for the cameras.

The demise of automated for-profit law enforcement is on the way, camera supporters can only keep them on life support for so long. This demise is inevitable once citizens find out how the scheme actually works and see the lack of a safety benefit. Floridians do not like laws that make them innocent until proved guilty. Floridians do not like kangaroo courts where one side picks the judge and normal rules do not apply.

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LIBERTY FIRST NETWORK ACTION ALERT TEXT: Support SB 236 & HB 6023: Stop giving our taxpayer dollars to billionaire sports team owners

The Florida Legislature already budgets annual payments totaling $2 million to each of the nine major sports franchises like the Miami Dolphins.

In 2014, the Florida legislature decided to give sports team owners even more of taxpayer money by making available funding for privately owned stadiums to build or renovate sporting centers.

SB 236 & HB 6023 will repeal the 2014 legislation.

Call Senator Montford 850-487-5003 and ask him to schedule SB 236 in the next Commerce and Tourism Committee meeting.

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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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Alex Debating Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida on Common Ground on Bay News 9 3/19/17

Important update regarding the Liberty First Network

Let me begin by saying thank you to those of you who have continued to support the Liberty First Network. Without your help we would not be where we are today. You make the hard work and long hours and the time away from home worth it.

Some months ago we moved the Liberty First Network from a non profit organization to an LLC. We believed and still believe that this change will allow us to be a more effective organization by curtailing some erroneous bureaucracy that goes along with being a non-profit organization and allowing us to spend all of our time on representing liberty.

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SB 838 & HB 223 will phase out the commercial lease sales tax

Florida imposes a sales tax of six percent on the “total rent” charged under a commercial lease and Florida stands alone as the only state charging a business-rent tax on rent and utility expenses.

It is tough enough to start a small business in Florida with all the various fees, taxes and regulatory compliance costs. SB 838 and HB 223 will begin the phase out of the commercial lease sales tax and give some relief to small businesses.

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Support HB 779 Common-Sense Protection for Concealed Weapon Permit Holders.

HB 779 Would protect concealed weapons permit-holders from arrest or criminal charges if they “temporarily and openly display” their gun. If HB 779 passes, law enforcement cannot penalize a concealed weapon permit holder for temporarily displaying a weapon, such as a wind blowing a jacket open, or a situation where the pistol grip was unintentionally exposed.

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TAKE ACTION: Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute Support SB 554 & HB 679

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.

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Support SB 1178 & HB 1057- Lift the Veil on Special Interest Dark Money

Government has an interest in providing the electorate with information about election-related spending sources. Transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different messages.

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Support SB 1770: End the Slush Funds for Politicians

Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas (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.

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