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.

 

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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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.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MEMBER

In Liberty

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.

ACT NOW! You Can Help KILL Red Light Cameras in 2018

Two bills have been filed for the 2018 session aimed at ending the tyrannical cash cow red light camera scheme in Florida. In the Florida senate, Travis Hutson has filed SB 176 and in the Florida House, Brian Avila has filed HB 6001.

Last year in the 2017 session, the House passed it’s repeal bill but the Senate failed to do so thanks to a NO vote by north Florida senator George Gainer who chairs the Transportation Committee.

What can you do to help make these bills successful? Take  three simple but important actions.

Contact YOUR state senator and state representative. Ask them to co-sponsor and support these bills.

If you don’t know who represents you, click here  to find your Florida state senator, and  here  to find your Florida House representative.

Step two: Help Liberty First Network continue to be your voice in Tallahassee for more liberty, less government regulation and lower taxes. Go here to help and sign up for their Action Alerts.

Share this article with all your friends via email and social media.

2018 can be the year we get rid of red light cameras and the camera company choke hold on our legislature.

YOU can make it happen.

Medical Marijuana in Florida : Improving the health of liberty

 

In the November election of 2016, Florida voters catapulted the approval and implementation of medical marijuana into our state constitution. Almost 72% of the voters approved the use of medical marijuana in Florida despite the federal prohibition on marijuana for any use.

If not for the passage of this amendment, medical marijuana use in Florida would probably have not evolved any time soon beyond the  current “Charlotte’s Web” law. That bill (SB 1030) permitted some patients to use a strain of marijuana that is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but high in cannabidiol (CBD). This strain is known to reduce life threatening seizures suffered by children with a rare form of epilepsy. Rick Scott signed the bill into law despite this protocol not being recognized by the FDA. This law addressed two conservative concerns—CBD doesn’t make the user high, and “it’s for the children.”

Florida’s government is reluctant for the most part to run afoul of the federals. The federal government supplies 35% of the state’s budget dollars. Left to their own devices, the Florida legislature would never have moved forward on the expanded use of marijuana for medical purposes. Indeed, their inability to formulate the mandated implementation legislation in the 2017 regular session is seen by many as a move to frustrate the will of the people.

House majority leader, Ray Rodrigues, titular author of the House medical marijuana bill freely admits he did not vote yes on Amendment 2.  Rodrigues’ bill HB 1397 was and remains criticized as being crafted with biased influence from the Drug Free America Foundation and their lobbying division, Save Our Society from Drugs, funded by wealthy developer and Republican donor Mel Sembler. With Governor Rick Scott’s call for a special session, medical marijuana supporters are hopeful their cause will appear on the special session agenda.

This drama will play out as it will.

A more important point has already been established.

Amendment 2 was passed because Florida’s voters believe in the merit of marijuana as medicine.  That is fine by itself. What isn’t being talked about, and it’s due in part because even the voters don’t realize what they have done in passing Amendment 2.  Ignorant of this or not, Florida voters have enshrined non-compliance with federal prohibitions into our state constitution. True, it is only for one item but the ice has cracked, the dam has a leak, the river has been forded and there is no going back.

This is significant. For one thing, legislators can no longer tell their liberty minded constituents “Federal law is supreme and there is nothing we can do.” The voters took away this excuse. “Nullification is illegal,” a message received in an email from no less than Richard Corcoran himself prior to his assuming Speakership, no longer holds any water.  The voters took away this excuse too. Perhaps best of all, the excuse that “The Civil War decided who is superior once and for all,” the position held by former Florida state senator Don Gaetz, who also said that he agreed with the sentiment attributed to Andrew Jackson when Jackson is said to have proclaimed he would “hang all the nullifiers” is history. Well, Senator Gaetz, do you plan on hanging 72% of the voters?

Thanks to Amendment 2 it can no longer be written in Florida stone that the federal government is supreme and the people cannot invalidate federal laws that are in violation of the Constitution.

Even with A2 passed and some form of regulatory implementation from the legislature, or the Department of Health, medical marijuana still has one more step needed to close the loop. Donald Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions is not a supporter of medical marijuana and may seek selected enforcement against some or all of the medical marijuana states. Our legislature is bound by our state constitution and must protect the supply chain and the end user. While it would be a giant pill to swallow for them, the legislature must write one more chapter to  the medical marijuana saga.

The legislature must enact legislation prohibiting any state officer, any sheriff, any police department and any and all law enforcement in Florida, including judges from assisting the federals in enforcing legal action against anyone in the medical marijuana business, prescribing doctors and their patients. This means no sharing of intelligence, no use of jails, no muscle in the form of SWAT teams, no warrants, nothing! Not one list of licensed, prescribing doctors or patients. NOTHING!

Without this last step it will be impossible to have confidence that federal pressure will not cause our legislators and the governor to cave and find some way to convene an over throw of Amendment 2. Medical marijuana is already improving the health of liberty in Florida. It will be up to us to continue to improve that health and to make sure our elected officials don’t cause a relapse.