NO on SB 7030 – School Safety and Security and vote NO on SB 7068 – Transportation

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 which funds state parks, education, health care, and hurricane emergency relief.

Include your name and address or Zip Code so your legislator knows you are a constituent.

For most of us here in Florida 13 our our District 24 State Senator is Jeff Brandes, (850) 487-5024 or find your Reps at:

Senate District/Email/Phone

4 Bean (850) 487-5004
27 Benacquisto (850) 487-5027
32 Book (850) 487-5032
5 Bradley (850) 487-5005
24 Brandes (850) 487-5024
39 Flores (850) 487-5039
2 Gainer (850) 487-5002
6 Gibson (850) 487-5006
7 Hutson (850) 487-5007
20 Lee (850) 487-5020
17 Mayfield (850) 487-5017
3 Montford (850) 487-5003
28 Passidomo (850) 487-5028
30 Powell (850) 487-5030
19 Rouson (850) 487-5019
9 Simmons (850) 487-5009
10 Simpson (850) 487-5010
22 Stargel (850) 487-5022
13 Stewart (850) 487-5013
33 Thurston (850) 487-5033

If you are a constituent of Appropriations Committee Chair, Rob Bradley, ask him to place the following bills on the agenda for the next Appropriations Committee meeting. Otherwise, ask your Senator to urge the Chair to place these bills on his next committee agenda.

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 facilities to provide incarcerated women with key health care products for free and sets new requirements for male correctional employees to protect the dignity of female prisoners.  Removes economic barriers to care which disproportionately affects low income people and people of color.

SB 338       Extension of Confinement     Allows an inmate to participate in supervised community release. Reduces recidivism and facilitates re-entry into society.

SB 346       Conditional Medical Release           Expands eligibility for conditional medical release to ease suffering and provide compassionate end of life care.

SB 406       Theft           The prison population has exploded and millions of dollars are spent to incarcerate people for nonviolent offenses. Since 2000, at least 37 states have raised their felony theft thresholds above which prosecutors may charge theft offenses as felonies, rather than misdemeanors. Lawmakers have made these changes to prioritize costly prison space for more serious offenders and ensure that value-based penalties take inflation into account. States that increased their thresholds reported roughly the same average decrease in crime as the 22 states that did not change their theft laws.

SB 540       Human Trafficking        Requires training for hotel employees to spot victims of trafficking.  Establishes a direct support organization for trafficking survivors, a new curriculum for law enforcement to address human trafficking and a registry for those who have solicited prostitutes.

SB 782 Youthful Offenders    Allows a court to sentence as a youthful offender a person who is charged with committing a felony before the person turned 21 years of age. Provides facilities, programs and opportunities for rehabilitation.

SB 982       Human Trafficking        Requires DLA to develop and operate a hotline to receive reports of potential human trafficking activity & report specified reports to law enforcement.

SB1030      Mitigating Circumstances in Sentencing      Revises the mitigating circumstances under which a departure from the lowest permissible sentence is justified, to include when a defendant is amenable to treatment and he or she requires specialized treatment for a certain substance addiction. Reduces recidivism and cost of maintaing Florida’s prisons.

SB1758 Water Quality Improvements     Addresses the three major forms of nutrient pollution impacting Florida waters: wastewater, agriculture, and urban fertilizer.

Info courtesy of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida