Florida Family Policy Council Joins Amicus Brief Filed in Landmark US Supreme Court Religious Liberty Case

09/19/2017 0

Case on appeal addresses same legal issues as proposed “Competitive Workforce Act” in Florida  Florida Family Policy Council joined other leading organizations across the country to file an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court”, brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.  The Supreme Court agreed to review the case on June 26th and oral arguments are expected to be heard this fall.   The case is one of many involving artists who [More…]

Congress Voted Against Banning Taxpayer Funding of Gender Transition Benefits for Military

07/17/2017 0

From the desk of John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Action: I am sitting here stunned. Late last week, Congress voted on an amendment by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would have barred the use of taxpayer dollars for gender reassignment surgeries and hormone therapy for transgender members of the military.  Unfortunately, with the defection of 24 Republicans in the US House, the initiative failed and there is nothing to prevent [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…]

Ask Governor Scott to Veto “Whiskey and Wheaties”

05/15/2017 0

Right now, sitting on Governor Scott’s desk awaiting signature, is SB 106 which has been dubbed “Whiskey and Wheaties”.  This piece of legislation would remove a requirement for hard liquor to be sold in small package stores paving the way for grocery stores and big box stores like Walmart and Target to sell hard liquor on their shelves along with food products, such as Wheaties.  This bill is bad public policy because: These stores employ [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report – Week 9 of 9

05/09/2017 0

It’s a wrap, folks! After 63 days, the Legislature adjourned at 8:52 pm on Monday night after passing the state budget.  While there is rampant speculation that Gov. Scott may veto the budget and force a special session of the Legislature, the 98-14 vote in the House and a 34-4 vote in the Senate indicates that the Legislature has the 2/3 vote necessary to override any such veto. The chambers also could not reach a [More…]

Tell Gov Scott FL Doesn’t Want Jax Mayor Lenny Curry For Next CFO

05/01/2017 0

  URGENT ACTION ALERT Contact Governor Scott and Tell Him Florida Does Not Want Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry to Become Florida’s Next Statewide CFO  Candidates being considered that are highly qualified, principled and would be acceptable to most conservatives include: Senator Aaron Bean, Jacksonville Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Miami State Senator Tom Lee, Tampa Former Florida Senator Pat Neal, Sarasota JACKSONVILLE MAYOR LENNY CURRY IS NOT ONE OF THEM! Call Gov Scott today at (850) 488-7146 [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report: Week 8 of 9

04/29/2017 0

We are headed into the final week of Session, and with that, comes the final push to get the budget (the Legislature’s only constitutionally mandated requirement) and other important legislation passed.  While early in the week, it seemed the budget process had stalled, on Thursday House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron announced that allocation amounts had been agreed upon and they will honor the other’s budget priorities. The joint conference committee met [More…]

Call Your Legislator & Urge Them To Stop Hard Liquor Sales in Grocery Stores

04/25/2017 0

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 [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report: Week 7 of 9

04/21/2017 0

The question on everyone’s mind this week is “Will they or won’t they?”  Speculation is running rampant in the Capitol as to whether or not the Legislature will finish its business before the end of the normal 60-day session, which is May 5th.  There are a number of issues which have yet to be resolved, most importantly the budget.  We’ve heard that the Joint Legislative Budget Commission likely won’t meet until next Wednesday, which doesn’t give [More…]

Legislative Insider’s Report: Weeks 5/6 of 9

04/18/2017 0

Dear Friend, We hope this message finds you and your family well and that you had a blessed celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this past weekend. We are sorry that we missed sending you week 5 of our Insider’s Report, but we’ve included it in this week’s report.  The Legislature slowed down a bit in Week 6 because of Passover and Good Friday, but for the days that the Legislature was [More…]

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