Let’s ban red light cameras by contacting your Florida State Senator today!

#REDLIGHTCAMERAS

 

Get your Florida State Senator to move forward and help pass one of these redlightcameraanalysis2016 pdf.pngtwo important bills to eliminate red light cameras in the State of Florida. The bill has passed in the Florida House and now needs to move through the Florida Senate.
SB 176 and SB 548 both ban the red light cameras in the state and are very similar, only that they have different effective dates.

Here is a link to the Florida Highway & Safety report: http://www.flhsmv.gov/…/cabi…/redlightcameraanalysis2016.pdf

Here is a link to find who your Florida State Senator is: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Although I currently do not have a State Senator, here is a sample letter you can send or better yet, call your State Senator (more effective):

Dear Senator <Name>,

It is imperative that you support getting either SB 548 or SB 176 passed to ban red light cameras in Florida as it will help save lives in our district.

Here is a link to the Florida Highway & Safety report: http://www.flhsmv.gov/…/cabi…/redlightcameraanalysis2016.pdf

The cameras have proven themselves to cause more deaths than before they were put up. This is an undisputable fact born out by data from the Florida Division of Highway Safety.

Thank you,
<Your Name>
<Address>
<Phone>

Florida Senator Jeff Brandes offers bill to reform driver license suspension rules

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Yesterday, January 6, 2016, Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) announced SPB 7046, related to penalties and fees, has been filed. The proposed legislation will dramatically reform the driver license suspension and revocation process in Florida, and follows a series of hearings by Senator Brandes in the Transportation Committee on the topic.

“Losing a driver license is a devastating penalty which most heavily impacts those with the least ability to afford it. For years the state has piled on driver license suspensions as an additional sanction for various non-driving related activity,” stated Senator Brandes. “This legislation will help thousands of Floridians who are caught in a relentless cycle of debt within the legal system. This bill will reduce a major burden on our courts from license suspensions, and it will give many Floridians a means to get back to work.”

The proposal follows media reports last year detailing the substantial number of driver license suspensions occurring annually in Florida. Following those reports, Senator Brandes and the Transportation Committee held several hearings and heard testimony by the State Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, elected Public Defenders, and various Clerks of Court. This proposal is a result of those hearings, and it is designed to radically reduce the number of suspended and revoked driver licenses. The bill establishes an alternative system for sanctions for the more than 1.2 million driver license suspensions annually.

SPB 7046 removes suspension and revocation penalties for certain non-driving-related offenses. Individuals who would have their licenses suspended today for many financial related issues will instead be issued a hardship license. The reform package also reforms a controversial surcharge in law for fines or fees which are sent to collections, and clearly establishes the right of a defendant in financial hardship to enter into community service as an alternative method of payment. Finally, the bill eliminates the felony criminal charge for a third or subsequent driving while license is suspended or revoked resulting from a defendant’s inability to pay a fine or fee.

Action Item: Florida residents, contact your reps to support medical marijuana – time is running out!

Yesterday, April 27, 2015, Florida‘s SB 7066, was postponed again by the Florida Senate, the fifth time in the last five sessions. The general session for the Florida Senate is set to expire at midnight this coming Friday, and there is fear the bill will not pass. The bill has gained approval of cannabis activists in the state, including the Florida Cannabis Action Network. The bill would allow 15 percent THC for qualifying patients, permitting them to get relief of ailment symptoms as well as potentially cure some diseases, as some research is leaning. The bill does not go far enough for libertarians in the State of Florida; however, feel it is a step in the right direction by respecting patients in need of a natural solution to the medical conditions.

Cannabis activists are now supportive of Florida medcial marijuana bill

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Activists are hoping the general public will rise to the occasion to support the bill and send an email to their representatives in support of the SB 7066. There has been a strike-all amendment added that, with its amendments, makes SB 7066 palatable to cannabis legalization supporters.

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Kratom under attack in Florida legislature and Palm Beach County – unbalanced business regulation

Today, March 10, 2015, kratom is being discussed by the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners and in the Florida Senate. Elected officials are seeking ways to regulate kratom. Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia, for which some will use the leaves to relieve the symptoms of PMS, general pain relief, depression, lowering blood pressure, decrease anxiety, diarrhea relief and increased mental acuity.

There is no reason for talk of kratom’s regulation except for the outspoken voice of a parent who blames kratom on the death of her child’s suicide. Ignoring facts from the medical examiner’s office that kratom did not cause the death of her child, the parent continues her crusade with Palm Beach County Commissioners and in the Florida legislature. Even though there has never been one proven case where kratom was responsible for the death of anyone, elected officials are willing to regulate the tree, throwing reason and science out the window.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Florida Senate passes information technology plan

Yesterday, May 2, 2014, the Florida Senate passed House Bill 7073, relating to Information Technology Governance. Developing an information technology strategy for state government is a component of the joint House and Senate Work Plan 2014 agenda championed by Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel).

Read the rest of the story here.

Florida Governor Rick Scott ready to sign highly restrictive marijuana bill

Today, the Florida Senate passed SB 1030 and the Floria House passed their version earlier this week to legalize a highly restrictive medical marijuana bill. Last night, May 1, 2014, Florida Governor Rick stated that he would sign the legislation into law making marijuana once again legal in Florida — even if to a small number of Floridians. The bill, often referred to as the “Charlotte’s Web” bill would legalize a specialized strain of cannabis for a small number of patients. The original bill only focused on children with seizures, however it was expanded to a restrictive number of cancer patients as well. The bill is so restrictive, it was the only way for Republicans to stay in the running, politically, this November as the overwhelming majority of Floridians feel marijuana should be legal in the state.

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President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford celebrate end of legislative session

The Florida Legislature concluded the 2014 Session this evening, May 2, 2014, by finalizing key pieces of legislation outlined in the joint Senate and House Work Plan Florida agenda announced earlier this year by Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel).

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Florida craft brewery bill likely to fail in Florida House

Although Florida Senate Bill 1714 passed in the Florida Senate yesterday, April 29, 2014, its four comparison bills will not likely see the light of day before the Florida legislature ends its session later this week. Speaking about the legislation, Florida House Speaker Bill Weatherford stated, “That bill has an uphill battle in the House.” Read the rest of the story here. growlers-salt-water-brewers

 Photo from Salt Water Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida.

Craft brewery bill could force brewers into three tier distribution scheme

Today, April 21, 2014, Florida Senate Bill 1714 will be heard by the rules committee at 1 p.m. before it heads to a full vote of the Florida Senate. We wrote last week about the problems associated with the anti-free market three tier system (see below) and this bill, with its amendments, would force craft brewers into that costly system. Under this bill, craft brewers would be forced to have their product picked up by a distributor, then brought back to their place of business to be sold – all in an effort to continue hiding an extra tax consumers rarely see.Watching discussion of the bill during the Regulated Industries Committee by state senators could have been chalked up to comedy as the scheme being proposed seemed so bizarre by those in attendance. One state senator was actually suggesting to leave the newly produced craft beer at the craft brewers, then have a distributor come to take a look at it, then charge the craft brewer for the visit and thereby the State of Florida could also collect another tax. Yet this is precisely what is likely to happen, raising the price to consumers so an unnecessary distributor can get their cut and so the State of Florida can inject another hidden tax.

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Florida cannabis bill heads to Florida Senate Judiciary Committee this morning

Today, April 21, 2014, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Bill 843 at 10:45 a.m. and will likely move along soon for a vote in the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. SB 843 is the most restrictive of the cannabis bills floating around Tallahassee this 2014 legislative session and would offer relief to an estimated 400 patients in Florida.

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An open letter to the Tea Parties of Florida from Alexander Snitker

As a proud member of the tea party movement, I am overjoyed by the enormous accomplishments we’ve made. I am humbled by the support so many of you have given me in my run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, and I would like to express my sincere thanks.

Our movement was formed over our outrage in the direction the two-party political class was taking our great nation. We stand together to tell the Washington insiders that we will not sit idly by while they ignore and subvert the United States Constitution. We will not sit quietly while they spend our nation into oblivion, and saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. We will not abdicate our personal and financial freedom to them.

The tea party movement is the voice of the people. Just like you, I am one of those voices. I have never sought political office before. Until recently, I had absolutely no desire to do so. I have no political ambitions other than to serve my Country, and help to restore it to our Founders’ original intent.

Like you, I watched in outrage as Republicans and Democrats ignored the Constitution. I felt the anger and sorrow as they spent and spent, while at the same time chipping away at our cherished freedoms. Like so many of you, I called and wrote to my Representative and Senators in a futile attempt to make them hear my voice.

They refused to listen. It was then that I realized that I must take action.

That is why I am running for office. I sincerely believe that it is my duty as an American to do whatever I can to restore our Republic. As a U.S. Marine, I swore a solemn oath to defend the Constitution, and I take that oath very seriously.

Today, some tea party groups are standing in strong support of my competitor for the U.S. Senate seat, Marco Rubio. While Marco says he supports the tea party agenda, his actions are suspect. He is an attorney and career politician who always seems to be just one step ahead of scandal and corruption. He is a man whose words and actions are not always in sync. I fear that he is another politician who will campaign on the virtues of our Founders, but then govern through backroom deals and compromise like a typical politician.

We have seen this pattern many times in the past, and I fear we are doomed to repeat history.

I am asking you to take a stand for Liberty. I am asking you to take a risk on the little guy. I am urging you to support me.

In return, I vow never to compromise my principles. I will work to defeat any legislation that exceeds the Constitutional authority of the federal government. I will oppose any legislation that burdens our future generations with debt. I will fight any legislation that cedes our sovereignty to another nation or global body. I will only vote for judicial appointees who will defend and uphold the Constitution.

Together, we can restore our Republic, and return liberty and prosperity to ourselves and our posterity.

If you are still undecided who you will support in this race, I propose that tea party groups host four U.S. Senate candidate debates. The debates could be located in various regions across the state to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. I will gladly appear at every debate, and I challenge Marco Rubio to do the same. Let’s find out once and for all who the tea party candidate really is.

Sincerely,
Alexander Snitker
Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Florida

http://www.snitker2010.com

Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA

P.O. Box 3012, Winter Park, Florida 32790 800.478.0555 www.lpf.org

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586 karldickey@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 31, 2008 For Immediate Release

Florida DOT Moves to Improve Florida Transportation

Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is pleased to see the progress toward more efficient uses of our transportation resources. Specifically, the Florida DOT has chosen to replace HOV lanes to HOT lanes on some sections of I-95.

LPF chairman, Karl Dickey said this afternoon, “As put forth in my 2006 run for State Senate [see next page] , the State has heeded the advice of innovative transportation experts to install Fast/HOT toll lanes in Miami-Dade with variable tolls related to congestion. We expect our Florida government to move in a more Libertarian direction, utilizing the innovative and effective solutions we offer for the benefit of all Floridians. Now we must insist on a direct reduction in taxes related to the toll income.”

Although notice could have been better administered to I-95 drivers before installing the delineators [there were some initial accidents as drivers became confused due to lack of signage and warning], drivers will soon be given the option to stay in the normal congested traffic for free or pay a few dollars to get to their destination much faster and safer. The “candlesticks’ were installed in July, the next steps are to install the overhead signage and electronic equipment to register the tolls. Soon the HOT lanes will be up and running.

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The following was taken directly from the website for Karl Dickey’s campaign for Florida Senate, District 30 in 2006 and can also be seen on his 2010 campaign website for Palm Beach County Commission:

3. Transportation Improvements

South Florida and other metro areas of Florida need innovative solutions to the serious transportation issues that they face. The Florida legislature stands in the way of those solutions. The Florida DOT’s solutions have been to simply widen lanes of existing roads. A federal system of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, while noble in theory, has been a dismal failure.

I would recommend reading the IBTTA report, the congestion relief analysis from Washington State and Reason Foundation articles by Robert Poole. Another source is the book Street Smart: Competition Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads by Gabriel Roth.

  • Adopt a network of “fast” lanes and adopt variable speed toll lanes
  • Replace HOV lanes with HOT lanes. HOT lanes are usable only by paying vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, and vanpools. This system is up and running in other cities with effective results. If our legislature was serious about effective results these and other innovative solutions would already be in place.
  • Creation of truck-only toll (TOT) lanes for increased safety and efficiency.
  • Eliminate the “your tax money down the drain” light rail system. We can use that tax money in more effective areas and we can sell off those assets to cut our losses. We can use those funds to smartly improve our roadway system and thereby improve safety & congestion. No one loves the idea of a light rail system more than me, however the bottom line is that it cannot work to be self-sufficient in South Florida. Not only are we paying to ride the Tri-Rail directly through fares, but our tax money is funding it as well.
  • Encourage telecommuting & flexible work hours. With great technologies now here it is easier than ever for companies to work from home as if they are in the office. In addition, having employees come in at different hours can greatly improve traffic congestion.