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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Gun Bill to be heard this Wednesday

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. Currently concealed weapon permit holders must leave their firearms at home or store them in cars and be unarmed for a period outside the courthouses.

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Support SB 964- Stop the Insanity of Excessive Testing

Florida public school students and their parents are frustrated with never ending testing in the classrooms. Too much time is devoted to testing and not enough time to learning. SB 964 addresses the frequency and duration of testing as well as the high stakes consequences of the FSA test.

SB 964 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM. 

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Support SB 188-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 will be heard in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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TAKE ACTION: Support SB 240 for Real Healthcare Freedom

SB 240 Specifies that a direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance & is not subject to Florida Insurance Code. SB 240 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 2:00 PM. 

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