TELL OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO
KILL THESE BAD BILLS!
Senate Bill 352, will impose unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional mandates upon the Judiciary regarding how the courts handle legal challenges to legislative or congressional boundaries.
The League of Women Voters of Florida is strongly concerned about potential threats passage of this bill will pose to the courts’ ability to fairly, effectively and autonomously handle cases challenging reapportionment. At larger issue is, if passed, this bill may serve as endorsement of further Legislative overreach into what is supposed to be an independent Judiciary.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
CONTACT: Members of Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them that you DON’T support this bill because, if passed, it would:
Ask each committee member to KILL SB352!!
Chair: Senator Greg Steube (R) (850) 487-5023
Vice Chair: Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) (850) 487-5027
Provisions of SB 352 and the League’s View.
SB 352, Redistricting and Reapportionment legislation would:
We agree that redistricting challenges should be completed as quickly as due process allows. However, procedural handling of challenges should be left to the court’s discretion, balancing expediency with sufficient time for all parties to prepare. The courts have historically handled redistricting cases expeditiously and have assigned them high priority.
This could encourage gamesmanship and delay efforts, and it impinges on the court’s established authority to modify statutory election deadlines to comply with constitutional requirements.
Public input is always to be encouraged. But “encouraging” the courts to do that which is already in their discretion is unnecessary and will only serve to create confusion over compliance with the statute.
Next, Open Carry of Firearms — yes again!
Attention! Your Action is Needed! On Thursday, February 9th at 10 AM, the FL Senate Rules Committee will take up SB 128. This bill would require prosecutors to try Stand Your Ground cases twice — once in a pre-trial hearing and once in front of a jury.
Stand Your Ground laws give undue advantage to those using deadly force in cases of a perceived threat. There is no “duty to retreat,” before resorting to such force.
A recent study in the the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine shows that since the passage of the 2005 SYG law, homicides in Florida increased by 21%. Making it easier for defendants to use the SYG claim will only create a more dangerous Florida.
Take Action! Contact members of the Senate Rules Committee and tell them to vote
NO on SB 128! This is the last committee to hear this bill before it will be scheduled to be heard before the full Senate. Now is the time to kill this bill!
Chair: Senator Benacquisto (R) (850) 487-5027
Vice Chair: Senator Perry Thurston (D) (850) 487-5033
Senator Lauren Book (D) (850) 487-5833
Senator Rob Bradley (R) (850) 487-5005
Senator Jeff Brandes (R) (850) 487-5024
Senator Oscar Braynon II (D) (850) 487-5035
Senator AnitereFlores (R) (850) 487-5039
Senator Bill Galvano (R) (850) 487-5021
Senator Jack Latvala (R) (850) 487-5016
Senator Tom Lee (R) (850) 487-5020
Senator Bill Montford (D) (850) 487-5003
Senator Wilton Simpson (R) (850) 487-5010
It is only through our collaborative efforts that the LWVF can truly make a difference and keep the Sunshine State safe.