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.

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