Florida House and Senate Calendars for week of April 22

There are just two more weeks remaining in the 2019 Florida State Legislative session.

The House and Senate companion bills listed below have all passed their committee hearings and could be voted on in each chamber as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

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Vote YES              HB997/SB322 Health Plans           Prohibits insurers or health maintenance organizations from excluding or delaying coverage due to preexisting medical conditions. Affordable health care sustains families and improves quality of life.

Vote YES              HB49/SB332 Incarcerated Women           Provides a more dignified and humane environment for incarcerated women, respectful treatment from male guards and free sanitary products.

Vote YES              HB107/ SB76 Texting While Driving        Prohibits use of a wireless communications device while driving. Distracted driving is a recognized cause of traffic accidents especially with inexperienced teen drivers.

Vote YES              HB259/SB982 Comprehensive Health Education       Revises the required health education in public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human trafficking and requires the Department of Legal Affairs to develop human trafficking awareness campaigns.

Vote YES              HB689/SB268 Voting Methods                 Requires a voter-verified paper trail and meets the voter accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities. Insures integrity of voting process.

Vote YES              HB7125/SB642 Public Safety         Reduces Florida’s gain time laws, raises the felony theft threshold, makes past reforms retroactive, allowing people who were sentenced under harsher old drug trafficking and aggravated assault laws the opportunity to be re-sentenced and potentially released. The net result is to free an estimated 7,800 prisoners over five years, eventually saving taxpayers about $419 million a year.

Vote NO              HB7093/SB7030 School Safety      An overwhelming body of evidence indicates that arming teachers puts children and the school community at a greater risk of gun violence in our schools and would impede the response of law enforcement to an active shooter incident. Instead, our leaders should be passing measures proven effective at reducing gun violence, like closing the background check loophole by requiring a background check on all gun sales in Florida.

Vote NO                HB7095/SB7070 School Choice      Funneling general revenue dollars to private and religious schools reduces general revenue for public schools and is clearly unconstitutional based on the 2006 Supreme Court Case.

Vote NO               HB527/SB168 Federal Immigration Enforcement     This bill prohibits Sanctuary Cities. It threatens, profiles, harasses and detains immigrant families. It wastes valuable local resources hurting families and local budgets. It corrodes community trust in law enforcement, drains valuable law enforcement resources, and makes Floridians less safe.

Vote NO                HB7089/SB7068 Voting Rights Restoration               This bill is an unconstitutional overreach that restricts the rights of returning citizens to vote after 64% of the electorate voted for passage of Amendment 4. It expands the definition of “completion of sentence,” and allows non-judicial private and government entities to create additional barriers to voting and de facto imposition of poll taxes.

Vote NO                HB131/SB230 Voter Registration Maintenance           Requires that county supervisors of elections receive, on a monthly basis, lists of potential jurors and drivers license applicants who have identified themselves as non-citizens. Previous lists have been inaccurate, out of date and unreliable. Voter registration fraud is not a problem in Florida.

Vote NO                HB7111/SB7096 Constitutional Amendments           Requires volunteers collecting petitions to register with the state. Unfairly regulates compensation. If a petition collector is ruled ineligible the signatures of the voters who signed the petitions will be ruled invalid without their knowledge. It allows the government to place unfair and biased language on the ballot for initiatives it doesn’t support and hinders citizen participation in making public policy.

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