By Karen Fisk, Charlotte Dems legislative tracker
The two-month 2021 Florida Legislative Session started March 1st. Several bills will be heard this week. You are requested to contact by phone or email the senators who chair the committees (name is in CAPS below) where the following bills originate. Your letters and phone calls are a very effective way to urge legislators to support or oppose important bills. You can choose bills in your interest area, framing your letters or calls around the bill summaries outlined below. Please call and/or email today!
Support SB 472 – Gain Time Reform / Incentivizing Rehabilitation: incentivizes and rewards rehabilitation in prison, reduces recidivism and increases public safety, saves hundreds of millions of dollars that can be reinvested in mental health and drug treatment services, educational programming, and vocational skills training. Chair is Dennis Baxley [email protected] (850) 487-5012 CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Oppose HB 6013 – Anti-Immigrant E-Verify Bill Harming Businesses and Workers: forces all Florida employers to use the error prone E-Verify database to check the immigration status of all new employees, and provides penalties and loss of license for noncompliance. Chair is Ben Albritton [email protected] (850) 487-5026 IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ( Senator Albritton represents eastern Charlotte County, hence he will be very receptive to his voting community)
Support HB 7005 – Nursing Homes Held Accountable: nursing homes should be held accountable for abuse, neglect or exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chair is Bryan Avila [email protected] (850) 717-5111 HEALTH APPROPRIATIONS
Support HB 9 – Protecting Consumers Against Fraud During a Pandemic: prohibits dissemination of false or misleading information with specific intent during COVID-19. Chair is Ardian Zika [email protected] (850) 717-5037 CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Additionally, these bills will be referred to Committee the week of March 8 – 12:
Support SB 180 – Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: establishes this Office within the Executive Office of the Governor to ensure that all Floridians deserve and receive equal protection under the law. Chair is Lori Berman [email protected] (850) 497-5031 EXEC. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Support SB 836 – Gun Violence Reduction: creates the Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force. Intent is to reduce gun violence in inner cities. Chair is Shevrin Jones [email protected] (850) 487-5035 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Support SB 942 – Law Enforcement Agency Standards: requires the Department of Law Enforcement to set minimum requirements for policies of law enforcement policies to restore public trust. Chair is Audrey Gibson [email protected] (850) 487-5006 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Support SR 1074 – White Nationalism and White Supremacy: rejects and condemns white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance which contradict the values of Floridians and Americans. Chair is Shevrin Jones [email protected] (850) 487-5035 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Support SB 1742 – Law Enforcement Officer Use of Force: requires law enforcement agencies to collect data on use of force incidents; provides suspension of funding for agencies that do not comply with data requirements. Chair is Randolph Bracy [email protected] (850) 487-5011 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Thank you for expressing your opinion! This is what democracy looks like!
Resource: Democratic Women’s Clubs of Florida
Legislative Liaison Committee
Jean Siebenaler, PresidentImage Credits: Charlotte County Dems Graphics