SB 140 ACTION ALERT: Open Carry/Campus Carry

On Tuesday January 10th, 2017 SB 140 "Open Carry/Campus Carry" bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 2:00 PM. SB 140 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon. SB 140 also deletes provisions prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility and airport terminals.

45 states allow “Open Carry”, Florida is one of only five states that prohibit open carry: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina. It is time for Florida to separate from New York, California and Illinois and join the rest of the country to recognize our natural right to defend ourselves and that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Open Carry creates more of a deterrent to criminals, just carrying a concealed weapon does not alert a criminal that you have a firearm. Many studies report criminals will avoid an armed person or home when selecting a victim.

According to the Department of Justice 2012 report; Murder rates are 5% higher in non-open carry states, Aggravated assault rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states, Violent crime rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states and Robbery rates are 36% higher in non-open carry states.

Our Colleges and Universities are now "Gun Free Zones" and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves. Despite unproven claims from the anti-gun rights groups, eight States have “Campus Carry” including Utah for the last ten years and Utah University officials report no improper incidents on campus in that 10- year time.


The Senate Open Carry/Campus Carry bill, SB 140 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday January 10th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to support SB 140.



Full Name Phone Number E-Mail
Greg Steube (850) 487-5023
Lizbeth Benacquisto (850) 487-5027
Randolph Bracy (850) 487-5011
Anitere Flores (850) 487-5039
Rene Garcia (850) 487-5036
Audrey Gibson (850) 487-5006
Debbie Mayfield (850) 487-5017
Bobby Powell (850) 487-5030
Perry E. Thurston Jr. (850) 487-5033




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December 16th Tallahassee Update

Liberty First Network Tallahassee Update
December 16, 2016


This week concludes the early committee weeks in Tallahassee for the year.

Last week the House met to review the new House rules and procedures for the 2017 legislative session. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has implemented new rules to bring more transparency and disclosure reporting to the legislative process. These new rules are to make sure policy decisions are not being done secretly by big money special interest groups and their lobbyist using undue influence to gain special favors from the government.

This week the Senate met and reviewed Senate President Joe Negron’s rules and procedures. The Senate did not adopt the House’s new rules and will not have the same disclosure reporting now required in the House.

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2017 Liberty First Network Legislative Schedule

The Liberty First Network 2017 legislative calendar is out. CLICK HERE to see our events page.

Click on the links below to RSVP

Thursday, January 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN 2017 Legislative Agenda Statewide Video Conference Call


Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM / LFN January Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol


Monday, February 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN February Legislative Update Statewide Video Conference Call


Tuesday, February 07, 2017 at 08:00 AM / LFN February Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol


Monday, March 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN March Legislative Update Statewide Video Conference Call


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 08:00 AM / LFN March Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol


Monday, April 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN April Legislative Update Statewide Video Conference Call


Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 08:00 AM / LFN April Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol


Monday, May 01, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN May Legislative Update Statewide Video Conference Call


Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 08:00 AM / LFN May Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol



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Prospects for repealing red light cameras in the Florida Legislature

For several years in the Liberty First Network’s fight to repeal the use of red light cameras we have had success in the Florida House of Representatives and last session a bill to repeal red light cameras passed the House easily. It has been the Florida Senate that continues to stonewall any repeal bill. There have been too many Senators taking the side of the local governments and the camera companies for this government camera-for-profit program, despite studies showing how ineffective these cameras are at preventing intersection crashes.

But, the headwinds are changing in our direction with this year’s primary results and our prospects for finally sending this public nuisance to the dustbin of history are looking very good.

The incoming Senate President will be Joe Negron (District 28). Joe has always supported the repeal of red light cameras and I expect he will be supportive and will not try to block a repeal bill moving through the committee process. Senator Brandes (District 24) will be back for another term in the Senate and is committed to his long-time fight to repeal the cameras. Senator Brandes will sponsor the Senate camera repeal bill again in the 2017 session.

The continued good news is that in the August 30 primary election we had several former House members win who support repealing red light cameras. Debbie Mayfield (District 17) and Greg Steube (District 23) won their primary and are expected to win in November. Former Representative Frank Artiles (District 40) has sponsored the House repeal bill over the last few sessions and has a good chance to win a Senate seat in November, as well as Dana Young (District 18), who served as the Majority Leader in the House and supports repealing the cameras. Another former House member who has supported repealing cameras is Keith Perry (District 8) who will have a tough fight in November. Former House members Dennis Baxley (District 12) and Kathleen Passidomo (District 28) won their primaries and with no general election opponents will be sworn into the Senate in November. Both Dennis Baxley and Kathleen Passidomo supported the House camera repeal bill in the last session.

It looks like we will have at least two Democrats win Senate seats that support repealing cameras. Former House member Daphne Campbell (District 38) is unopposed in the general election and former House member Darryl Rousan (District 19) who is likely to win his heavily Democrat district in November.

Representative Richard Corcoran (District 37) will become the Speaker of the House for the next two years. Richard has been a long-time advocate for repealing cameras and is committed to making it happen in the next session. I am not expecting any problems in passing a repeal bill in the House again in the next session.

We will have our best opportunity to finally repeal cameras in the next session, but let me caution you that we still have to be ready to fight. The camera companies like American Traffic Solutions will have their army of lobbyist along with the local government bureaucrats who do not want to see their cash cow die. Please be ready to make the phone calls and e-mails to pressure your legislator to do the right thing. I will keep you alerted as to which legislators you need to contact and when.

However, I need your help to ensure that I will be there every day at the Capitol to remind them that they represent you and not American Traffic Solutions and their high-priced lobbyist. It costs the Liberty First Network $125 per day to be in Tallahassee for the legislative session. It is a large undertaking and with your support we can make a huge impact this upcoming year.


The fight against red light cameras will be one of our highest priorities this upcoming session. Our chances for success have never been higher but we need you to keep us up there fighting for you.


In Liberty,

John Hallman

Liberty First Network

Keep the Liberty First Network fighting for liberty in Tallahassee

It's campaign season and that means people around the state will be focused on who they want to represent them in the next few years in Tallahassee and beyond. It's a busy time for activists around the state.


The Liberty First Network does not stop during campaign season either. We are busy writing legislation and educating groups around the state on the legislative process and how to be effective in lobbying your legislators.

The election will be over in just a few weeks and the Florida legislature will begin filing bills in November. It is crucial that our liberty lobbyist be in Tallahassee early in the process to make sure we are getting liberty bills filed to protect our second amendment rights, repealing red light cameras, education reform, reforms in campaign finance and legislation to end crony spending in our ever bloated state budget.


The next session looks very promising to pass pro-liberty legislation with Incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran committed to passing these reforms in the House. In the past the Florida Senate has stonewalled good legislation like repealing red light cameras and bills to protect our second amendment rights. But, we will have new leadership and a new group of pro-liberty Senators being sworn into office in a few weeks.

This is why it is vital that we are in Tallahassee, the new legislators will face tremendous pressure from the army of special interest lobbyist who do not want to see these reforms pass and will need our help to stand firm for liberty. With your financial help, we will be in Tallahassee to form the line of liberty.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 to be prepared for the fights coming our way after the election is over in just a few short weeks.

We need your help to ensure that we can meet our goal and be in Tallahassee full time starting in November to continue to advocate for the people as your liberty lobbyists.

Can you help with a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more to get us to our goal?


Liberty needs a voice and we need you to help us continue to bring that voice to Tallahassee.

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session Schedule Is Out

The 2017 session will be kicking off right after the November 8th general election. Legislators will begin preparing bills to file on November 22nd when they are sworn in. House and Senate leadership announced the schedule for interim committee meetings. Both chambers will head to Tallahassee for committee meetings in December, before meeting for two weeks in January and three weeks in February.

According to memos to members, the Florida House will hold committee meetings from Dec. 5 through Dec. 9. The Florida Senate will be in Tallahassee from Dec. 12 through Dec. 16.

Members will be back in their districts until after the winter holidays, heading back to Tallahassee for committee meetings from Jan. 9 through Jan. 13. They’ll head back for another week of committee meetings from Jan. 23 through Jan. 27.

In February, members will be in Tallahassee for committee meetings during the weeks of Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.

They’ll have one week back in their district before the annual 60-day legislative session begins March 7.


Important Florida 2017 Legislative Session Dates

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Important Update Regarding the Liberty Picnic

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Liberty First Network will be presenting Senator Jeff Brandes with the "Champion of Liberty" award at the Liberty Picnic this Saturday.

Senator Brandes was the only State Senator with a perfect voting record on the Liberty First Network 2016 Legislative Scorecard.


Bring the family to mingle and network with your liberty friends on August 13th from 11am-2pm at Eagle Lake Park in Clearwater. 

Liberty groups from around the Tampa Bay Metro area are coming together for a Liberty Picnic. KD's Catering & Events will be bringing out the grill for fresh hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings. They will also be serving coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans PLUS some fun backyard games.

Bring the whole family and a dessert or side dish for everyone to share. Let's relax, eat some great food and enjoy our liberty network in the Tampa Bay area!


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Florida Senate District 3 Analysis

August 1st, 2016

The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we also feel it is important that you know how legislators voted on key issues of liberty. Liberty First Network is an organization dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government and are committed to less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility and individual freedom.

Today, we are taking a look at Florida Senate District 3 where incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Montford is facing challenger Republican Nancy Miller in the November general election. Florida Senate District 3 is located in the central panhandle area of Florida and consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, counties.

Reviewing the Liberty First Network 2014 scorecard, Senator Montford received an "F –" and in the Liberty First Network 2015-16 two-year scorecard, Senator Montford received and "F" grade again. Senator Montford has consistently voted to grow the size of government and spend more of our money. For example, in 2014, Senator Montford voted for SB 1216 which gave a taxpayer hand-out to billionaire owners of sports teams. Economists consistently find that stadium construction subsidies fail to generate much, if any, "economic impact" in local markets in terms of metro-area wide employment and income. Sport’s subsidies are a poor use of taxpayer money.

Senator Montford also has consistently voted against many free market reforms, for example in 2014, Senator Montford voted against SB 542 which created a regulatory framework for a private market flood insurance program in the state. SB 542 will encourage the use of private-market flood insurance, which will increase competition and provide consumers with more coverage choices than just the federal National Flood Insurance Program.

Senator Montford always chooses to favor federal government unconstitutional mandates, in 2015, Senator Montford voted for SB 2A, which would have used federal money under Obamacare to expand Medicaid and was part of the first special session in 2015. The House leadership opposed using federal dollars to expand Medicaid that would eventually be decreased and put Floridians on the hook for huge costs for low quality health care.

Find out more about where your Florida state lawmakers stand on liberty legislation:

2014 Liberty First Network Legislative Scorecard

2015-16 Liberty First Network Legislative Scorecard

Senator Montford’s challenger in the 2016 general election is Republican Nancy Miller. Nancy is a newcomer to the political scene and does not have a legislative record of votes. The Liberty First Network sent a candidate survey to those running for the State House and Senate. In this race, Nancy Miller was the only candidate to respond to our survey. In our survey, Nancy stated she supports repealing red light cameras and the common core standards used in our children’s schools, as well as stopping corporate welfare programs that give our taxpayer money to well-connected businesses. Nancy Miller’s answers reflect a commitment to less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility and individual freedom.

See more of Nancy Miller's answers to our candidate survey.

2016 Liberty First Network Legislative Scorecard

As we approach the 2016 election, the Liberty First Network has compiled its analysis of the last two sessions from 2015 and 2016 and present our scorecard of Florida legislators. The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we feel it is important that you know how legislators voted on key issues of liberty.


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No Tallahassee Special Session on Gun Control Bill….for now

Recently, Democrat state lawmakers had submitted enough letters to the Secretary of State to request a poll of state legislators be taken to call a special session for the purpose of debating a bill to enact the “no fly, no buy” law which would deny firearms to people on the federal terrorism watch list.

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