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.
HB 13 and HB 141 are on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday April 25th, 2017 and could be voted on by the full House this week.
Call and e-mail your district Representative to support HB 13 to end CRA abuse and HB 141 to free Craft Distilleries from unnecessary regulations.