ACTION ALERT: Please call your legislator and ask them to stop hard liquor from being sold in grocery stores and large retailers next to other food items by voting “NO” on HB 81/SB 106
There are less than two weeks remaining in the 2017 legislative session and we need your help to stop a piece of legislation which we believe is bad public policy. HB 81/SB 106, dubbed “Whiskey and Wheaties”, is scheduled to be heard TODAY on the floor of the House of Representatives. “Whiskey and Wheaties” would allow grocery stores and other large retailers, like Walmart and Target, to sell hard liquor in their stores. While supporters of the bill say that this is the “free market” at work, we believe this legislation which would change the long-standing existing law is just bad public policy and is not in the best interest of children and families.
Walmart and Target have been pushing this legislation for the past four years in Florida. This bill has been scheduled to be heard this year on the floor twice before, but both times it has been postponed because there were not enough votes to pass it. After companies who expect to profit from the legislation hired additional lobbyists, it is once again back on the agenda and we fear that they may now have the votes to pass it. That is why we need your help.
How can you help? Please call your state representative NOW and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 81.
We believe there is still time to make a difference on this bill. Please take a moment out of your day and call your state representative!
NOTE: Not every good or bad bill in the legislature requires an action alert like this. We only engage our supporters when the vote is close and your action could make a difference on a bill. Please know that while there may be many more important bills and issues in the legislature that have either passed or failed, this issue is one of enough concern for us to now alert you of the need for action. Thank you.