Sen. Jeff Brandes files electronic device privacy protection bill SB 1256

Florida state senator Jeff Brandes, the libertarian leaning republican from St. Petersburg has filed   SB 1256-Search of the Content, Information, and Communications of Cellular Phones, Portable Electronic Communication Devices, and Microphone-enabled Household Devices to protect your privacy regarding these devices.  The bill includes Google Home devices and Amazon’s Echo voice system.

The bill would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant from a judge to access your communications and location data information.

“Search of the Content, Information, and Communications of Cellular Phones, Portable Electronic Communication Devices, and Microphone-enabled Household Devices; Authorizing the obtaining in criminal cases of the contents of electronic communications only by court order or by search warrant, as provided in ch. 934, F.S., unless otherwise required by law; requiring that each application for a warrant, rather than an order, authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications be made in writing and state the applicant’s authority; providing criminal penalties for the intentional and unlawful access without authorization of certain devices and obtainment of wire, oral, or electronic communications stored within those devices, etc.”

Senator Brandes has been on the leading edge of asset seizure reform and privacy protection since entering legislative service. This bill is a good start towards reducing and eliminating law enforcement abuse of citizen rights.

Currently there is no House companion bill filed.

 

Medical Marijuana and Patient’s Gun Rights: A Florida Dilemma?

 

In a television interview this week Florida House of Representatives member  Cord Byrd explained Florida medical marijuana users will be in violation of federal firearms law.

Speaking to Channel 9 via Facetime, Byrd explained that possessing medical marijuana while having or buying a gun can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

“I won’t say it will happen, but I will advise someone who calls me that it certainly is a possibility,” he said. The prohibition is clearly explained on forms required when a person is purchasing a firearm, Byrd said.

Federal law prohibits any “unlawful user” of a controlled substance to purchase a firearm, and it doesn’t matter if Florida has legalized medical marijuana, he said.

Nowhere in the state ratification debates was the medical needs of the people weighed against their right to keep and bear arms.

This apparent dilemma provides a “teachable moment” for voters and legislators.

Madison wrote in the Virginia Resolutions, the clear duty of the legislature against federal usurpations: “That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

There is no authority in the Constitution for the federal government to legislate the possession or use of any plant. There is also no authority for the federal government to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms. It is expressly forbidden by the Second Amendment, the second article in the first eight prohibitions written against the federal government, and the federal government only.

In 2016, the people of Florida overwhelmingly rejected the federal prohibition on medical marijuana. They did this by ballot initiative since the legislature lacked the fortitude to do this by legislation. We the people of Florida, in effect, nullified the federal prohibition, as is our right. To protect our decision, it is the responsibility of our state legislature to interpose on our behalf; to arrest the progress of the evil-the evil being any federal action to deny a medical marijuana patient in Florida their right to keep and bear arms.

To rectify the very real danger expressed by the honorable Mr. Byrd, the legislature needs to take the appropriate steps.

First, deny all federal agencies access to the list of medical marijuana patients in Florida. This confidentiality must be maintained no matter what financial threats the federals may make to obtain these names.

Next, the legislature must enact measures which prohibit any Florida law enforcement officer, any state agent, any court or state employee from assisting federal officers with the arrest and prosecution of any Florida medical marijuana patient. This includes any intelligence gathering, warrants, and use of jails for confinement. Any Florida LEO, state agent, judge or state employee who would violate this law would be subject to penalties from suspension without pay to termination.

There is nothing illegal about such noncooperation. Sure, sheriffs and police chiefs will lobby hard against it, but liberty and not the legislature’s love affair with uniformed services and fear of their lobbyists must carry the day.

The Second Amendment prohibits the federals from infringing on the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution does not authorize the federals to legislate the use or possession of plants or drugs. This is a state power never ceded to the central government.

The legislation of firearms in Florida is contained in our state constitution in our Declaration of Rights, Article One, Section 8. Rightly or wrongly, we have placed all firearms legislation, including the manner and places of bearing arms in the hands of the state legislature.

Unless the state legislature is willing to tell 71% of the voters they plan on denying medical marijuana patients their right to keep and bear arms, they should not waste too much time in moving to protect those rights from the federals.

We didn’t vote away our right to keep and bear arms when we rejected federal prohibition. Rep. Byrd is correct; it isn’t fair to force people to navigate the complex divide between federal and state law.

So our message to Rep. Byrd and his House colleagues is this: Simplify the complex and don’t force Florida’s medical marijuana patients to navigate this divide. Interpose now with the proper legislation. Protect the liberty of Floridians who are both gun owners and medical marijuana patients now or will become both in the future.

The day is fast approaching where sides must be taken, lines must be drawn, liberty supported or supplanted.  Where stands our state legislature?

 

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

SAVE THE DATE AND PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING

HELP THE LIBERTY FIRST NETWORK DRAIN THE SWAMP

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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The Florida Senate Is An Assembly of Elitist Embarrassments

 

One of Florida state senator Jack Latvala’s accusers has made her identity known. She is Rachel Perrin Rogers, the staff director of the senate majority office for Wilton Simpson. Simpson is a  future senate president.

As the story unfolds, Ms. Perrin Rogers claims senator Latvala sexually harassed her over a period of four years. She says he groped her in a senate building elevator and engaged in rubbing her leg in the Governor’s Club, a private watering hole for Florida’s political elitists. Latvala denies this. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. The investigation chips need to  fall honestly where they may.

What is also clear is Ms. Perrin Rogers is not baggage free in her own right. This past June she sought help for her surgeon step father from Latvala to get him out of jury duty. Her texted request was that Latvala use his influence with the Pinellas County Clerk to arrange this. Latvala is said to have texted her to tell her stepdad to simply not show up and it would be handled after the fact. She thanked him via text the next day.

If you have been called for jury duty, you know how inconvenient it can be. But you must go; unlike Florida’s political elitists and their friends and family who travel in the circles of Tallahassee royalty like senator Latvala and Ms. Perrin Rogers.

Stories regarding this brewing scandal in today’s Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald also reveal text messages in which Ms. Perrin Rogers refers to current senate president Joe Negron as a “douche bag,” and senator Anitere Flores as “Flwhores.”

Of course, none of this grants a license to be groped by anyone, senator or otherwise. It does call into question the level of dysfunctionality going on in at least one of our legislative chambers in Tallahassee.

As a constituent of Senator Simpson, I wonder where he stands on such terms being used by his staff director to describe his colleagues. Is he on board with the level of disrespect being directed at his colleagues? Does he also grant favors like getting friends and family out of jury duty or other accommodations? Is he part of a plan to drive Latvala out of the senate and the governor’s race? Who knows?

 

 

He is smartly silent on the issue for now but it’s time to stand and be counted senator.

Call out the disrespectful language used by your chief staffer. Issue a policy that such a lack of professionalism will no longer be tolerated by the majority office. If you can’t do this now, what are we to think of your standards when you are senate president?

As this embarrassment centered around senator Latvala grows, coming on the heels of former senator Frank Artiles’ resignation last year, and former senator Jeff Clemens’ resignation just weeks ago, one thing is clear. Despite their posturing, the Florida senate is no less a swamp than Washington, D.C. Indeed, it’s the farm club where players often go to make the big leagues and pick the harvest in  the D.C. money tree orchard. The people know this. We know we are governed by some, perhaps many, who are weak narcissists and psychopaths; craving power, sex and money- and not necessarily in that order. Our own failure is we don’t mind as long as the offenders match our preferred red or blue jerseys.

It’s time for the real leaders in the state legislature, whether they have formal positions of leadership or not, to take a stand; to demand a higher level of professionalism and a higher standard of conduct. Providing anonymous observations and falling back on the platitudes of official policy statements isn’t affecting behavior and it isn’t showing leadership. A future senate president would be an ideal person with whom to begin.

Virtue Signaling with Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Richard Corcoran

Add Rick Scott to the list of Florida republicans virtue signaling for Roy Moore to step aside. He joins Adam Putnam and Richard Corcoran who are also revealing their social justice vigilante side by calling for Moore to step aside. Corcoran who is likely to become a candidate for governor after the 2018 Florida legislative session called for Florida state senator Jack Latvala to resign as well over sexual harassment charges leveled at him.

Neither Latvala or Moore has been afforded due process to determine guilt or innocence. Despise them or like them, they are both entitled to more than a trial in the court of public opinion. It should trouble Florida voters we have the next potential federal senator and governor all supporting a determination of guilt without the benefit of trial. Yes, the accusations against Roy Moore and Latvala are extremely serious. Accusations however are not facts until proven. In neither case do we have a stained blue dress, a breast grabbing photograph or a texted Weiner to seal the deal.

 

 

It might be well for Florida politicians to resist climbing on the pile up on Roy Moore bandwagon. There are more than enough problems here at home to be dealt with before heading north to Alabama to comment on theirs.

During the 2017 session we had republican state senator Frank Artiles forced to resign over apparently booze fueled, racially charged comments he made to a black female colleague in the senate. Just a few weeks ago, Jeff Clemens, another south Florida senator on the democrat side resigned over his affair with a young female lobbyist. Also, just a few weeks ago State Rep. Daisy Baez resigned her Florida House seat Wednesday ahead of pleading guilty to perjury in a criminal case over her legal residency. To make matters worse  she will pay only a $1000 fine, serve a one-year probation during which she will not be able to seek public office, and in a crushing blow, she will be required to take an ethics course. Former state Rep. Erik Fresen was sentenced in September to 60 days for failing to file a tax return for more than $270,000 by a federal judge. Ironically, Fresen headed up the republican House budget committee charged with fiscal responsibility while ignoring his own responsibilities.

A recent Tampa Bay Times interview with insiders from both parties concerning what they called “bedroom bingo” was quite revealing.

 

Democrat: “Republicans are giving us their best Casablanca Captain Renault impression: I’m shocked, shocked to find that sexual impropriety is going on in Tallahassee! Give me a break, most of them have been playing bedroom bingo for years, and it’s not just the men! I’d say it was a dirty little secret, it was dirty, but it isn’t a secret. They leave their spouses behind, travel to Tallahassee, where they are wined, dined and bedded. Every time I leave Tallahassee I feel like I need a shower.

Republican: “In more than 20 years, I’ve never seen the legislature (specifically the Senate) so distracted and on edge. Seems like many of them are terrified by what may come out next and just praying their own skeletons stay securely locked in the closet.

We don’t claim to know the hearts of Roy Moore or Jack Latvala. We are not fans of Jack Latvala and find him to be a giant holier than thou power tripper who advances crony politics at its worst. But let the investigative chips fall where they may whether it’s a public confession or a determination by twelve of their fellow citizens.

Truly, Florida politicians should be practicing a strict code of silence when it comes to Roy Moore. There is plenty of nefarious, disgusting, revolting and immoral behavior going on in Tallahassee to keep them all occupied at either exposing the creeps, crooks and lechers in government; or covering their own trails so as not to be found out.

 

I Need You To Work For Me For Zero Wages…..or else!

Hear me out. This is really a great offer.

First, it’s only a part time position. So it’s not like I need you there forty hours weekly. I know you have work somewhere else for pay, so I am willing to put up with you on a part time basis.  You should know that I will make money from your work. You will not get a penny of it.  At some point, I might allow you to have a small amount of the money I keep for which your worked. But I will need to think about that, and IF I do, I may have to find an alternative to have you pay me for this allowance I am making to you.

This is the core of federal tax reform discussions. It is called reform because the word is meant to infer a kinder, gentler confiscation of your income.

Of course, this is NOT “reform.” This is theater. Your congressman knows it. He or she is counting on you not to know it. Even the so-called House “Liberty Caucus” plays along. As ridiculous as my part time work offer is, it’s exactly the scam perpetrated by the federal income tax act.

Why is everyone content to be saddled with a huge mistake made by a previous generation in 1913? We have been snookered and assaulted for 104 years by the “income tax code” and its terrorist collection agency, the IRS. Where is the outcry? Millions of Americans have lost their collective minds over grown men who play children’s games not standing for an anthem,yet do nothing to free themselves from bondage.

You do realize that an income tax would be anathema to the founders in the 18th century, and that we are in effect, ALL OF US, yoked into fractional slavery?

Yes, that’s right, fractional slavery. How many days do you work just to stay out of federal prison? Would you work that many days and give those wages to me? Of course not! I didn’t work for it, you did. Your congressman and his pals aren’t working for it either. The millions of workers who feed off of Leviathan’s teat aren’t really working for it either. They’re parasites in agencies created with no constitutional authority.

Congress screws up every damn thing they touch from idiotic foreign policy that kills and maims our young people just to appease government psychopaths who want to run the world; to buying votes buying votes for any one of the social justice victim caucuses in the House. You do without so they can do what they want.

Imagine if I came to your house on payday and said, “Here is the amount of your money I am going to allow you to keep.” You’d throw my ass out right after breaking a chair over my head, and rightly so.

It’s no different with this “reform” talk. The psychopaths are simply discussing how much of what you broke your ass for (not them) they will allow you to keep. In effect, to what degree you will be maintained as a fractional slave.

“Oh, but I get some back at the end of the year!” BS. You gave these jamokes an interest free loan for their extortion!

Look, you don’t PAY taxes. They TAKE taxes. Its’ extortion. It’s taken at gunpoint.

It isn’t the price we pay to live in a civilized society. If we wanted to pay the price to live in a civilized society we would all be loving our fellow man as we love ourselves and would not need government at all.

Don’t be fooled by the reform nonsense. The only real reform isn’t a flat tax or the fair tax. It’s no tax. You want an economic boom for all Americans? Repeal the 16th Amendment that a previous generation was stupid enough to pass. It’s long past overdue.

The Florida Legislature, with its currently strong anti-tax position, should be leading the states in the movement to repeal the 16th Amendment. They won’t take that stance until we do and force them into it. After all, they are no less enslaved then the rest of us.

No One Needs a Fifty Round Swimming Pool to Hunt In Florida

“Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown before their fifth birthday.

In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–4 years with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population. Florida had the second highest drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1–14 years with a drowning rate of 2.54 per 100,000 population. Oklahoma was first for this age group with a rate of 2.69 p

er 100,000 population, and Mississippi third for this age group with a rate of 1.91 per 100,000 population.” -Florida Department of Health

In a state with world famous beaches, lakes, and ponds and rivers abounding in every county, do we really need to allow people to have swimming pools on their own property? Clearly, it’s a dangerous undertaking and one that should be more closely regulated by the authorities.

Missing in action on this issue are those same people who tell us we don’t need fifty round magazines or semi -automatic rifles to hunt deer; all handguns are best left in the hands of the police and should otherwise be banned; and responsible gun owners with nothing to hide should not fear registration. They aren’t out to remove our God  given rights, they only want to add a touch of common sense to them.

Not a word from them advocating the banning of swimming pools in Florida.

In the 2018 Florida legislative session, HB 219 has been filed. This bill “Prohibits sale, transfers, or possession of assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazines.” Not one sponsor or co- sponsor of this bill in the House or its companion bill in the has ever submitted a bill banning homeowner swimming pools. Why is that?

Because it would be branded as ridiculous. But what about the children you ask. Parental responsibility and private property they would answer, knowing full well the pushback from realtors, developers and the swimming pool industry would bury them in ridicule and opponent campaign donations. Demonize an inanimate object? Why, swimming pools are part of the Florida culture!

Parental responsibility for safety, private property rights, the ridiculousness of demonizing inanimate objects, part of the Florida culture. Good reasons for anti-liberty communists in our state to be as silent about firearms as they are about the danger of swimming pools. As far as we know now, this bill has drowned in silence. Good. Do not resuscitate

The New York Times calls for more gun control after Texas killings

That didn’t take long at all.  The NYT lays the blame for yesterday’s killings at the feet of the Republicans. It is, says the Times, their fault for blocking efforts to pass ” sensible, useful gun control.” We guess the Times means like they have in Chicago.

Sensible, useful gun control are code words, or as the Left is fond of calling any not politically correct word, a “dog whistle.” Not mentioned in this article which is mostly a list of shootings with the amount of days since they occurred, is the Times goal of  an end to firearms ownership in America, period.

There is no federal legislation answer to mass murder. There can only be legislation to ban the manufacture,distribution,purchase and ownership of certain tools, firearms among these, which can be used for murder. This is what the Times and liberals in America want to achieve.  Since all federal laws infringing on the right to keep and bear arms are illegal, including those already on the books such as the National Firearms Act, the requirement for an FFL and NICS background checks, it isn’t sufficient to allow any more “laws” of infringement to be passed that have compromises approved by the GOP and NRA establishment.

All future federal “gun laws” must be opposed in total. Current ones must be repealed. Our already eroding liberties must not be allowed to fall victim to the despicable, murderous behaviors of psychopaths at large in the public.

Liberty has already suffered enough at the hands of the psychopaths in Washington.

Your Calls Make A Difference

By Alex Snitker as published at Liberty First Network

Every bill that is filed in Tallahassee will be referred to 2-4 committees so that the bill will be thoroughly vetted before a final floor vote. The Liberty First Network sends you an alert to call the members of the committee and ask them to support or oppose the bill when the bill is scheduled to be heard in the next committee hearing.

When you make the calls to legislative offices to let the members of the committee know where you stand on the bill, you will probably be speaking to the legislator’s staff. Many people ask if their call really matters, especially when only speaking to office staff.

It is important to remember legislators rely on their staff to research the bill, provide data and make recommendations. Legislative staff have tremendous influence on how their boss will vote. Legislative staff will keep a log of how many callers support or oppose a bill.

It is also important to remember that legislative staff work very hard, they have excessive workloads and inadequate amount of time, so we need to be concise, there is not enough time to explain detailed information about the bill. The “alert” calls are just to let a legislator know how many people support or oppose a bill. In Tallahassee everything is done by the bill number. The legislator may or may not know much about the topic, but they will remember large amounts of people telling them how to vote on the bill number when it does get heard in the committee meeting.

Important reminders when calling:

  • Be Polite
  • Be clear that you are either supporting or opposing the bill
  • Mention legislation by the bill number
  • Mention the name of the committee the bill is scheduled in to be heard
  • Be clear, concise & STAY ON TOPIC
  • Simply give one sentence on why you want the legislator to support or oppose a bill

Also, please remember that your phone calls are making a difference, we are advancing many pro-liberty pieces of legislation because the legislators are hearing from you. Early in the legislative process, we already have had 5 bills that we support pass a committee hearing, including HB 80 Direct Primary Care bill passing through two committee stops. Keep up the great work!

Be sure to check out our “Legislative Ticker” on our web site. We provide up-to-date list of bills, bill sponsors, committee assignments, and explanation of the bill. We also will let you know whether we support or oppose each bill and how to take-action on each one of them.

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Alexander Snitker
President
Liberty First Network

 

 

What to expect in November for the 2018 Legislative Session- From Liberty First Network

There will be two “interim committee weeks” in November, the week of November 6th and the week of November 13th. Interim Committee weeks are held in advance of the 60-day regular session beginning on January 9th, 2018. The November Interim Committee weeks will continue the legislative work of hearing bills, adding amendments and if reported favorably, moving the bill to the next committee of reference. There have been over 650 bills filed so far for the 2018 session.

Also, November legislative committee weeks will continue the work of preparing the next fiscal year budget for 2018-19. September began the first step in creating the state budget with the Long Range Financial Outlook. As we reported last month, the Long Range Financial Outlook showed leaner times for the next few years, especially with the money that will be needed to be allocated for the extensive damage by Hurricane Irma. Education and Medicaid are two of the biggest cost drivers in the budget. With more students moving to Florida every-day and the continual increase in those on Medicaid, will put more stress on balancing the budget. Education and Medicaid make up 60% of the budget.

In November, Florida’s state agencies will continue to submit a detailed list of their budget needs to the various Appropriation Committees and Governor Scott has begun to announce some of his budget proposals.  As required by law, the Governor must present his complete budget proposal thirty days prior to the start of the Legislative Session on January 9th, 2018.

The debate over purchasing environmental “conservation land” will heat up in November. Close to 1/3 of Florida is already held in conservation. Environmental groups are pushing for the legislature to buy more land for conservation, but, with a tight budget, we question if buying more land is needed now.

With just three committee weeks left before the end of the year, it is critical that we push our bills through each committee stop as soon as possible. If a bill has 3 or committee referrals at the beginning of session, it becomes unlikely to pass.  Be sure to check out our “Legislative Ticker” on our web site. We provide up-to-date list of bills, bill sponsors, committee assignments, and explanation of the bill. We also will let you know whether we support or oppose each bill and how to take-action on each one of them.