FLORIDA LEGISLATION CALL TO ACTION

There are three bills headed to committees for debate and votes tomorrow, January 30, 2018, that we need to take action on!

  • Senate Bills will be heard at 4pm
  • House Bill will be heard at 8am

SENATE BILLS

Federal Immigration Enforcement – SB308

Anti-Sanctuary City Bill

Many local law enforcement agencies do not enforce U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. These are requests made to local law enforcement to detain a suspect for a period of time so that ICE can investigate whether the suspect is on their deportation rolls–even if the period of time, usually 48hrs, means that the suspect will be held longer than they are required to be held for the infranction for which they were charged.  These detainer requests have been judged in many jurisdictions to be in violation of the Fourth Amendment prohibition on improper seizure.

Refusing to honor ICE detainer requests is one of the key ingredients that makes a Sanctuary City a Sanctuary City. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell does not honor these requests.

The Federal Immigration Enforcement bill (SB30) will require Florida local law enforcement agencies to honor ICE detainer requests. Its house counterpart, HB 9, has already passed.

To protect Florida’s minority communities from ICE overreach, we need to call and DEMAND the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee to REJECT SB308. Call (850)487-5198

If you’d also like to call the senators on this committee individually, you can find links to their contact information here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/show/JU

Mandatory Sentences SB694

Give Judges Discretion to Show Mercy

Not only do felony convictions for nonviolent crimes prevent those convicted from voting in Florida, but mandatory minimum sentences often mean that nonviolent offenders spend years in prison, even for a first offense. Florida Senate bill, SB 694, and its House companion bill, HB 481, would allow judges the option to depart from mandatory minimums for drug trafficking convictions when:

  • The defendant has not previously been convicted of drug trafficking or any other violent offense;
  • The defendant did not engage in a “continuing criminal enterprise”;
  • The defendant did not use or threaten violence, or use a weapon, during the offense; and
  • The offense did not result in a death or serious bodily injury to another person.

Florida judges should be allowed to depart from mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking convictions if the defendant was not violent, did not harm others, and doesn’t have a history of criminal activity.  Let the committee know that you SUPPORT SB 694. Call (850)487-5198

If you’d also like to call the senators on this committee individually, you can find links to their contact information here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/show/JU

HOUSE BILLS

Free Expression on Campus HB 909

This Bill Would Allow the Richard Spencers of the World to Sue UF for Being Heckled

HB 909 would restrict the right of free speech for students, faculty and staff at public institutions of higher education in Florida. The proposed bill would award daily monetary damages to speakers who are heckled or otherwise shouted down by protesters.  If this bill becomes law, speakers who spread hate, like Richard Spencer, would be able to sue protesters for displays of free speech that make it difficult for the speaker to be heard.

HB 909 will be heard by the House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee on January 30 at 8am. Subcommittee phone: (850) 717-4850

Links to contact information for representatives on this subcommittee: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/committeesdetail.aspx?CommitteeId=2920

 

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