What to expect in December for the 2018 Legislative Session

November 29, 2017 by Alexander Snitker
The week of December 4th will be the last Interim Committee week in advance of the 60-day regular session beginning on January 9th, 2018.
There are five bills up next week in committee hearings that we either support or oppose:
SB 134 would allow concealed weapons permit-holders to carry guns in to courthouses and temporarily surrender and store the gun at a security checkpoint. Currently concealed weapon permit holders must leave their firearms at home or store them in cars and be unarmed for a period outside the courthouses. On Judiciary Committee agenda for Tuesday December 5th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACTION ALERT
SB 148 would reduce penalties for the first or second violation for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry. Also, provides that person licensed to carry concealed weapon or firearm does not violate certain provisions if firearm is temporarily & openly displayed. On Judiciary Committee agenda for Tuesday December 5th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACTION ALERT
SB 274 would allow a concealed weapons permit holder to carry a concealed firearm on school property if a religious institution is located on the property. Currently, firearms are allowed in church if the chapel is not on a school campus. A legal concealed weapons permit holder faces a felony if they carry to school or a house of worship on the same grounds as a school. On Judiciary Committee agenda for Tuesday December 5th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACTION ALERT
SJR 452 would allow voters in the next general election to place an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the period when the accrued benefit from specified limitations on homestead property tax assessments may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead. On Community Affairs Committee agenda for Tuesday December 5th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACTION ALERT
SB 370 would dedicate $100 million annually to the Florida Forever Trust Fund. Florida Forever funds are used to purchase conservation land. Florida Forever funds comes from the sale of bonds that loan money to the state. The bonds are then paid back by revenues generated through documentary stamp taxes levied on real estate documentation and transactions. The debt service alone on Florida Forever bonds are projected to be $145 million for the 2017-18 budget. 30% of Florida is already held in conservation. On Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources agenda for Thursday December 7th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ACTION ALERT
Be sure to check out our “Legislative Ticker” on our web site to get the action alerts for each of these bills. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TICKER



Representative Joe Gruters (R) D-73 will be holding a press conference on Wednesday December 6th, 2017 at the state capitol to discuss his Campaign Finance Reform Legislation (HB 43). Senator Greg Steube (R) D-23 has filed the companion bill in the Senate (SB 122). This legislation would prohibit Political Committees (PCs) and Electioneering Communications Organizations (ECOs) from making contributions to each other.
The use of political committees and electioneering communications organizations to make contributions to each other makes it extremely difficult to determine the original source of the contributions. In many cases contributions flow through multiple committees before reaching the final committee where the money is actually spent to influence the outcome of a political campaign. This legislation will make the election process more transparent and allow voters to make informed decisions about candidates.
Campaign Finance Reform has been a priority for Liberty First Network, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida and the Come Clean Florida Coalition. Alex Snitker and John Hallman of Liberty First Network will be at the press conference along with Bob White, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida.
The press conference will be held on Wednesday December 6th, 2017 at 1:00 PM on the 4th floor rotunda between the two chambers.
We need people to attend this press conference to show the media and the legislature that we are serious about stopping the special interest that control Tallahassee from hiding in the shadows. If you can attend and if you need a ride, please contact Alex Snitker at (813) 315-0513
Originally posted at https://libertyfirstnetwork.com/  Posted here with permission.
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