Legislative Insider’s Report Week 4 of 9

02/12/2020 0

There was quite a bit of action and lively debate this week at the capitol.  Here is a snap shot of what went down: The Democrat House Caucus leader, Representative Kionne McGhee (Miami), announced that the Democratic Caucus will not take a position on HB 265, the bill requiring Parental Consent before Abortion. Despite that though the vast majority of democrats will likely oppose the bill.  We will find out when the final vote goes [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 9 of 9

03/10/2018 0

Another legislative session is just about wrapped up. The only remaining business is the passage of the state budget and tax package bills on Sunday afternoon. (According to a joint agreement, the House and Senate are not able to discuss any other items when they reconvene on Sunday.)  It has been a long, emotionally exhausting week with many hours on the floor of both chambers dedicated to the passage of HB 7026, the Legislature’s response [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 8 of 9

03/03/2018 0

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the action alert we sent out on Monday regarding HB 7055 concerning homeschool distance learning and tutoring programs! Your efforts made a difference! When the bill was heard in committee on Tuesday, the sponsor of the strike-all amendment, Sen. Passidomo (R-Naples), shared she did not realize how the changes in the bill would affect homeschoolers and promised to address these concerns with an amendment [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 7 of 9

02/23/2018 0

Photo Credit: The Palm Beach Post This week students from Parkland and across the state descended on Tallahassee to call for legislative action after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students were split into groups and were escorted by Equality Florida, Florida’s leading LGBT activist organization, and other organizers to meet with legislators to share their experiences and demand action. On Tuesday, as the House opened [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 6 of 9

02/16/2018 0

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those in Parkland who have been impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We pray for each of the families who lost someone that God would comfort them in their mourning. We speak peace to the community shaken by violence. As Parkland, the state of Florida, and the body of Christ deal with the aftermath of the shooting in the coming weeks and months, [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 5 of 9

02/09/2018 0

Much of this week’s happenings centered around the state budget and education, specifically the Hope Scholarship program that is being championed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Both the House and Senate rolled out their budget proposals this week.  Both versions total about $87 billion, but individual line items are different.  Each chamber passed out their version; in the House, it was pretty much party line in an 85-27 vote, while the Senate approved their version in [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report from Tallahassee – Week 4 of 9

02/02/2018 0

Week 4 is over and there was quite a bit of movement on some bills that we’re watching, but haven’t listed on our core legislative agenda. First off, the House rolled out its gambling bill for the year this week. The proposed bill looks good in that it locks in the Seminole gambling compact for 20 years and puts some other restrictions on gambling in the state. What remains to be seen is whether, after [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report Week 3 of 9

01/26/2018 0

We were excited to see so many new faces this week in Tallahassee for our 5th annual Pro-Family Days! Each year the event has grown, and this year is no exception. Over 250 supporters and legislators from around the state joined us on Monday and Tuesday for this exciting event! On Monday, Pro-Family Days attendees were trained on how to lobby and were briefed by policy experts Bill Bunkley of Florida Ethics and Religious Liberty [More…]

Florida Family Policy Council Praises Governor Scott for Veto of “Whiskey and Wheaties”

05/25/2017 0

(TALLAHASSEE, FL) On Wednesday evening, Governor Scott vetoed SB 106, dubbed “Whiskey and Wheaties” by the media. The bill, if passed, would have allowed grocery stores and big box retailers (like Walmart and Target) to sell hard liquor in the same way that they sell other food and consumer products. Currently, hard liquor must be sold in a stand-alone store or a wall must separate the main store and the liquor store. Supporters of the [More…]

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