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Florida House and Senate Calendars for week of April 22

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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. Email, call or message your Legislators and let them know how you want them to vote. To send a message Text ‘State’ to 50409, or to Resistbot on Twitter, Messenger, or Telegram and follow the prompts. Select ‘Legislature’ to send the same message to just your State Senator and Representative. Or select ‘Both’ to send your message to your Representatives andGovernor. Copy and paste each Bill reference and talking points listed below with any edits you want to add to a Resistbot message. Vote YES   …
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NO on SB 7070 and YES on SJR 326, SB 332, SB 334, SB 682, SB 816 and SB 1278

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Email or call your STATE Senator and urge that he or she vote NO on SB 7070 and vote YES on  SJR 326, SB 332, SB 334, SB 682, SB 816 and SB 1278 at the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting this Thursday, 04/18/19, 9:00 am. Vote NO - SB 7070 - K-12 Education        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 YES on the bills listed below SJR 326      Homestead Property Tax Assessments/Increased Portability Period          Extends the timeframe during which an owner of homestead property significantly damaged or destroyed by a named tropical storm or hurricane must establish a new homestead to make a certain election. SB 332       Incarcerated Women             Requires correctional…
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NO on SB 7030 – School Safety and Security and NO on SB 7068 – Transportation.

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Two more bills were added to the Senate Special Order Calendar this afternoon for votes as early as this Wednesday, April 17. Email or call your Senator and urge that he or she vote NO on SB 7030 - School Safety and Security and vote NO on SB 7068 – Transportation. SB 7030 - School Safety and Security               Deletes language prohibiting teachers from participating in the armed Guardian program enacted last year. Raises concerns for safety of students and faculty when law enforcement officers are attempting to secure a school facility or campus. SB 7068 - Transportation      Funds three toll roads through rural Florida that will accelerate urban sprawl in the last of Florida’s undeveloped areas and fragment landscape and wildlife habitat.  These projects could cost over $3 billion…
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Take action on the following bills!

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The Florida Legislature has completed the first five weeks of its eight-week session.  For a recap of actions taken to date and for a preview of the remaining weeks, you might find this article to be of interest. The bills listed below have received favorable votes in all of their assigned committee hearings and have been placed on Special Order calendars in their respective chambers for votes as early as this Wednesday, April 17. Contact your Representative and urge that he or she vote in accordance with suggested recommendations and talking points for the following. Vote YES    HB 1 - Ethics Reform              This bill implements ethics reforms and addresses conflicts of interest. Vote YES    HB 171 - Infectious Disease Elimination Programs    The pilot program has proven effective in reducing opioid…
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Place the following bills on the agenda for the next Criminal Justice Committee meeting

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If you are a constituent of Criminal Justice Committee Chair, Keith Perry, ask him to place the following bills on the agenda for the next Criminal Justice Committee meeting. Otherwise, ask your Senator to urge the Chair to place these bills on his next committee agenda. Include your name and address or Zip Code so your legislator knows you are a constituent. SB 110       Youth in Solitary Confinement       Prevent children and other vulnerable inmates from harm and conditions detrimental to their health, wellbeing and fitness to return to society as responsible adults SB 370       Victims of Human Trafficking          Requires a specified period of incarceration for solicitation of prostitution offenses involving victims of human trafficking SB 472       Death Penalty  The death penalty is state sanctioned murder, it is not a deterrent…
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YES on SB 1610 -Emergency Mitigation and Response

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Email or call your Senator and urge that he or she vote YES on SB 1610 -Emergency Mitigation and Response at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development meeting this Tuesday, 04/016/19, 1:00 pm. SB 1610     Emergency Mitigation and Response       Creating the Hurricane Michael Recovery Task Force to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding additional assistance needed in the response to, recovery from, and mitigation of the effects of Hurricane Michael in certain areas; requiring the task force to review the effectiveness of local, state, and federal activities in those areas, as well as the availability of resources and any additional assistance needed, etc. APPROPRIATION: $315,285,000.00 The schools in Panama City report 2-5 Baker Acted children per week due to statements of self harm and students who…
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Vote YES on SB 76 and vote NO on SB 168

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Email or call your Senator and urge that he or she vote YES on SB 76 and vote NO on SB 168 at the Senate Rules Committee meeting this Wednesday, 04/17/19, 2:00 pm. Vote YES    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 NO     SB 168       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 and drains valuable law enforcement. Include your name and address or Zip Code so your legislator knows you are a constituent. District /Last Name /Email /Phone 27 Benacquisto benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5027…
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Vote YES on SB 624, SB 876, SB 1074 and vote YES on SB 642 – Criminal Justice only if the following changes proposed by the ACLU are adopted

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Email or call your Senator and urge that he or she vote YES on SB 624, SB 876, SB 1074 and vote YES on SB 642 - Criminal Justice only if the following changes proposed by the ACLU are adopted at the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice meeting this Tuesday, 04/16/19, 9:00 am. SB 624       Youth in Solitary Confinement       Prohibits the Department of Corrections from placing a youth in solitary confinement. Special services must be provided to address root causes of a prisoner’s misbehavior. SB 876       Juvenile Justice  Limits ‘direct file’ options charging children as adults and provides for their redemption and restoration of judicial oversight. SB1074      Sentencing           Requires an offender to comply with specified terms of drug offender or mental health probation.  Addresses root causes of…
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YES on HB 49 and HB 219 and Vote NO on HB 403 and HB 527

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Email or call your Representative and urge that he or she vote YES on HB 49 and HB 219 and Vote NO on HB 403 and HB 527 at the House Judiciary Committee meeting this Tuesday, 04/16/19 1:30 pm. Include your name and address or Zip Code so your legislator knows you are a constituent. Vote YES    HB 49  - Incarcerated Women        Provides a more dignified and humane environment for incarcerated women, respectful treatment from male guards and free sanitary products. Vote YES    HB 219  - Victims of Human Trafficking   Requires mandatory minimum term of incarceration for solicitation of prostitution offenses involving victims of human trafficking. Vote NO     HB 403       Safety of Religious Institutions      The safety of students, faculty and the general public is at a much greater risk when…
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NO on SB 7030 – School Safety and Security and vote NO on SB 7068 – Transportation

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Email or call your Senator and urge that he or she vote NO on SB 7030 - School Safety and Security and vote NO on SB 7068 - Transportation at the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting this Thursday, 04/11/19, 9:00 am. Vote NO - SB 7030 - School Safety and Security                  Deletes language prohibiting teachers from participating in the armed Guardian program enacted last year. Raises concerns for safety of students and faculty when law enforcement officers are attempting to secure a school facility or campus. Vote NO - SB 7068 - Transportation         Funds three toll roads through rural Florida that will accelerate urban sprawl in the last of Florida’s undeveloped areas and fragment landscape and wildlife habitat.  These projects could cost over $3 billion taking away from General Revenue…
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