Legislative Updates

FLORIDA COUNCIL SAYS FRACKING BAN NOT NECESSARY
John Giotis, Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman, calls Senate Bill 442 a shortsighted overreaction that would hinder the energy development Floridians need.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2017

Contact: John Giotis
Email: john@flcsc.org

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, John Giotis, Chair of the Florida Council for Safe Communities, made the following statement regarding Senate Bill 442:

“Senate Bill 442, which would ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida, is an unnecessary overreaction to activists who believe fracking puts Florida residents at risk. As our name indicates, the Florida Council for Safe Communities opposes all public policies that endanger our citizens, and we oppose this bill because there is no compelling evidence that a fracking ban is necessary to protect our citizens.

“On the contrary, fracking has been used safely in the United States for many decades. The EPA, among others, has studied the practice and concluded that there is no evidence that it adversely impacts drinking water resources. The cleaner-burning natural gas it produces has actually helped to reduce carbon emissions significantly, contributing to the health of our environment.

“Banning a safe technology that holds the promise of unleashing even more of our state’s energy resources based on emotion rather than science is shortsighted. We urge Florida legislators to look at the facts and reject the false idea that banning fracking will keep Floridians safer.”

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October 18, 2016

Today, Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman John Giotis released the following statement on Amendment 1, which will appear on Florida General Election ballots:

“As Florida voters begin voting early next week and continue to vote by mail, the Florida Council for Safe Communities urges a “yes” vote on Amendment 1. Ballot initiatives can be confusing, and it is important to know the truth about their impact on our state. Amendment 1 will protect the poorest citizens in Florida from being required to subsidize the wealthiest citizens. Safeguarding our low-income neighbors while promoting expanded energy options is a win for everyone in our great state, and we hope our fellow Floridians will pass this important amendment to our state constitution.”

April 26, 2016

Today, Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman John Giotis released the following statement regarding the Florida High School Athletic Association:

“The actions taken today by the FHSAA in response to the passage of HB 7029 are petty and vindictive and only hurt the student-athletes of Florida. Their actions clearly violate the spirit of the law, and it shows that the FHSAA needs to be further curtailed. The FHSAA is openly flouting the laws passed by the elected representatives of Florida, and I hope that action is taken immediately to force the FHSAA to adhere to HB 7029.”

God Bless,

John Giotis

Chairman, Florida Council for Safe Communities

 

February 15, 2016

Below is Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman John Giotis’s statement regarding Senate Bill 168, a bill to outlaw red light cameras in Florida:

“The Florida Council for Safe Communities is fully behind common sense safety measures like Senate Bill 168.  Studies have shown that red light cameras actually cause more traffic accidents than they prevent.  Also, red light camera violation fines hurt the poor and working poor disproportionately.  Both points underscore the need for Florida to do away with them. We hope this bill and its House companion will continue to make progress; we urge Florida lawmakers to strongly consider this important piece of legislation.”

 

January 8, 2016


COUNCIL OUTLINES 2016 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
John Giotis, Chairman of the Florida Council for Safe Communities, lists support for drunk driving bill and opposition to alcohol deregulation.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2016
Contact: John Giotis
Email: john@flcsc.org

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman John Giotis made the following statement regarding the organization’s 2016 legislative priorities: “Our mission is to make Florida the safest state in the country, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. That’s why we enthusiastically support House Bill 555, Rep. Scott Plakon’s tough drunk driving bill, which would increase the penalties for drivers who refuse to submit to sobriety testing when they are suspected of DUI.

“We also plan to aggressively fight bills that would make it easier for young people to abuse drugs and alcohol. House Bill 245 is the same bad alcohol deregulation legislation that was defeated last year. It was wrong for Florida then, and it’s wrong now. This bill would significantly increase the potential for minors to obtain alcohol by putting it on store shelves along with everyday items. The Senate’s medical marijuana legislation, Senate Bill 852, opens the door for recreational use of marijuana.

“The Florida Council for Safe Communities places a premium on the safety of Florida’s youth. Tougher penalties for impaired drivers and keeping drugs and alcohol out of the hands of minors are winning scenarios for all Floridians. We hope and pray that our elected officials will agree with us, and that their votes will reflect these priorities.

“We look forward to making our voice heard on these and any legislative developments regarding our other top issues, including human trafficking, identity theft, and bullying.”

 

 

November 17, 2015

To All My Fellow Floridians,

As the Florida Legislature gears up for the 2016 Legislative Session, we are watching several bills that would greatly impact Florida’s families and young people.

We ask you to stand with us and oppose Senate Bill 852.  Medical marijuana will be abused by young people and is just a gateway for eventual recreational use.

The Florida Council for Safe Communities strongly supports House Bill 555 and its strong stand against drunk drivers. We are thankful for Rep Plakon’s leadership on this issue.

House Bill 245 is basically the same bad alcohol deregulation legislation that was defeated last year. Nothing has changed.  There is absolutely no reason to bring this issue up again.

If this bill were to pass, it would immediately increase minors’ access to liquor.  No question!

This bill was wrong last year; it’s wrong this year.  Consumers can walk 50 feet after they buy their Wheaties to go buy their whiskey.  There’s no amendment that makes this bill better.

Please reach out to your legislators and let me know you stand with the Florida Council for Safe Communities on these bills. Thank you!

God bless,

John Giotis
Chairman, Florida Council for Safe Communities

 

Florida Council for Safe Communities

June 15, 2015

See the statement below from Chairman Giotis regarding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s solar amendment initiative brief:

COUNCIL APPLAUDS BONDI’S SOLAR AMENDMENT BRIEF
Chairman John Giotis says the proposed amendment would harm Florida consumers.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2015
Contact: John Giotis
E-mailjohn@flcsc.org

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Florida Council for Safe Communities Chairman John Giotis made the following statement regarding the brief Attorney General Pam Bondi filed last week before the Florida Supreme Court to challenge the proposed solar ballot initiative:

“We applaud Attorney General Pam Bondi’s actions to protect Florida consumers by challenging the solar ballot initiative backed by Floridians for Solar Choice. The brief she filed with the Florida Supreme Court last week calls the ballot initiative language unclear and misleading, and we agree. We should pursue a variety of energy options, including solar, but not at the expense of Florida families who would likely see higher taxes and utility bills as a result of this flawed ballot initiative.”

ON THE WEB: www.flcsc.org

 

May 6, 2015

Now that the 2015 regular Legislative Session in Florida has come to an end, we have an opportunity to take a look at what’s happening in Washington. I am pleased to say that there is actual progress being made in Congress.  For the first time in over a decade, both the House and Senate have agreed to a budget framework for the coming fiscal year.

It is a fiscally conservative budget that cuts over $5 trillion in spending and balances in ten years.  It also preserves and strengthens Medicare, which is great news for Florida seniors who depend on that program for peace of mind and quality medical care.  In addition, it adequately funds our national defense, making sure that our brave men and women in uniform have everything they need to respond to national security threats at home and around the world.

While we usually focus on more targeted issues that affect Florida communities closer to home, it is important for us to be aware of big-picture issues that contribute to safety and quality of life.  This congressional budget addresses runaway federal spending and debt, which has a negative impact on our economy.  It also realistically views the threats we face around the world and makes sure that we are ready to respond.

We are grateful for congressional leaders who worked to pass this budget that will protect us and move the country forward, especially the members of the Florida delegation who voted to pass it.

April 27, 2015

Last week, I told you about Wal-Mart’s attempt to thwart the committee process in the Florida House of Representatives. With their army of highly-paid lobbyists, their plan may work if we don’t speak up today and let our legislators know that this is unacceptable!

Wal-Mart and other large retailers have strongly backed bills this Session that would deregulate the alcohol industry in Florida by repealing the requirement that hard liquor be sold at a separate location from groceries and other everyday items.

Even though the language was voted down in the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, that is not enough to stop their quest to increase their profits at the expense of protecting Florida’s youth.

Now, they are attempting to attach this bad amendment to a good bill that would ban powdered alcohol in Florida (SB 998). The amendment would repeal the separation requirement.

It looks like the amendment will come to the floor of the House for a vote today, so it is extremely important that you contact your State Representative immediately to strongly urge him or her to stop it.

You can look up your Representative at http://www.flhouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

There is nothing good about this amendment.

Not only is it bad policy, it is also bad procedure. This type of amendment is forbidden by House rules that require a floor amendment to not contain the substance of a bill that has already been defeated during the committee process. In addition, SB 998 is a good piece of legislation, as powdered alcohol is dangerous and should be banned. It is not right to tack a bad amendment onto a good bill.

Let them know now that if they truly care about Florida’s youth and public safety, they should stand up to Wal-Mart and stop this amendment!

It is not too late, but time is running out, so it is imperative that you contact your legislator today. We can stop this harmful amendment if we work together to make our voices heard!
John Giotis
Chair, Florida Council for Safe Communities

Please contact the specific legislators below and urge them to vote no on this dangerous amendment.

Rep. Jim Boyd – (850) 717-5071 – jim.boyd@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Manatee, Sarasota)

Rep. Jason T. Brodeur – (850) 717-5028 – jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Seminole)

Rep. Richard Corcoran – (850) 717-5037 – richard.corcoran@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pasco)

Rep. Steve Crisafulli – (850) 717-5051 – steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

Rep. Manny Diaz (M) – (850) 717-5103 – Manny.Diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Bobby DuBose – (850) 717-5094 – Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Katie A. Edwards – (850) 717-5098 – Katie.Edwards@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Eric Eisnaugle – (850) 717-5044 – Eric.Eisnaugle@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Reggie Fullwood – (850) 717-5013 – reggie.fullwood@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (M) – (850) 717-5004 – matt.gaetz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Okaloosa)

Rep. Matt Hudson – (850) 717-5080 – matt.hudson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Collier, Hendry)

Rep. Blaise Ingoglia – (850) 717-5035 – Blaise.Ingoglia@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hernando)

Rep. Evan Jenne – (850) 717-5099 – Evan.Jenne@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Chris Latvala (C) – (850) 717-5067 – Chris.Latvala@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Mike Miller – (850) 717-5047 – Mike.Miller@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Jose Oliva – (850) 717-5110 – jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Kathleen M. Peters – (850) 717-5069 – Kathleen.Peters@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Elizabeth W. Porter – (850) 717-5010 – elizabeth.porter@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee)

Rep. Jake Raburn – (850) 717-5057 – Jake.Raburn@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Kevin Rader – (850) 717-5081 – kevin.rader@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Holly Merrill Raschein – (850) 717-5120 – Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade, Monroe)

Rep. Daniel D. Raulerson – (850) 717-5058 – Dan.Raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R) – (850) 717-5076 – Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lee)

Rep. David Santiago – (850) 717-5027 – David.Santiago@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Volusia)

Rep. Jimmie T. Smith (J) – (850) 717-5034 – jimmie.smith@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Citrus, Hernando)

Rep. Chris Sprowls – (850) 717-5065 – Chris.Sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. W. Gregory ”Greg” Steube – (850) 717-5073 – greg.steube@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Manatee, Sarasota)

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan – (850) 717-5031 – Jennifer.Sullivan@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lake, Orange)

Rep. John Tobia – (850) 717-5053 – john.tobia@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

Rep. Carlos Trujillo – (850) 717-5105 – carlos.trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Jay Trumbull – (850) 717-5006 – Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Bay)

Rep. Alan B. Williams – (850) 717-5008 – alan.williams@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Gadsden, Leon)

Rep. John Wood – (850) 717-5041 – john.wood@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Polk)

Rep. Ritch Workman – (850) 717-5052 – ritch.workman@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

April 21, 2015

 Urgent! Please call your State Representative and ask him or her to stop an amendment that would endanger Florida’s youth.

Even though alcohol deregulation bills that Wal-Mart and other big retailers pushed have died in committee, they are not giving up. Now they are attempting to undermine the committee process and the will of the people by tacking an amendment onto a good bill that would ban powdered alcohol, HB 1247.

The amendment would do the very thing the dead bills sought: allow hard liquor to be sold on the shelves of its main stores right along with bread, milk, diapers, and other everyday items. Even though this type of amendment is not allowed under House Rules, Wal-Mart sees this as an opportunity to dramatically increase its profits.

Please contact your State Representative today and let them know that this amendment is bad in every way.  You can look up your representative at
http://www.flhouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx.

Also, a list of every House member is provided below. The amendment is expected to come up on Wednesday, so this is urgent! Call and email as many of them as you can!

This is dangerous policy that would put Florida’s young people and public safety at risk. And it is a subversion of House Rules for a floor amendment to contain the substance of a bill that was reported unfavorably out of committee. Banning powdered alcohol is good policy, but if the amendment moves forward, it could kill this good bill.

Make sure your State Representative knows you are strongly opposed to this amendment and ask him or her to stop it. And please forward this message to your friends and neighbors!

John Giotis
Chair, Florida Council for Safe Communities

 

Rep. Janet Adkins – (850) 717-5011 – janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval, Nassau)

Rep. Larry Ahern – (850) 717-5066 – larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Ben Albritton – (850) 717-5056 – ben.albritton@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: DeSoto, Hardee, Polk)

Rep. Bruce Antone – (850) 717-5046 – bruce.antone@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Frank Artiles – (850) 717-5118 – frank.artiles@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Bryan Avila – (850) 717-5111 – Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Dennis Baxley – (850) 717-5023 – dennis.baxley@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Marion)

Rep. Lori Berman – (850) 717-5090 – lori.berman@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Halsey Beshears – (850) 717-5007 – Halsey.Beshears@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla)

Rep. Michael Bileca – (850) 717-5115 – michael.bileca@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Jim Boyd – (850) 717-5071 – jim.boyd@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Manatee, Sarasota)

Rep. Randolph Bracy – (850) 717-5045 – Randolph.Bracy@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Jason T. Brodeur – (850) 717-5028 – jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Seminole)

Rep. Doug Broxson – (850) 717-5003 – doug.broxson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa)

Rep. Danny Burgess – (850) 717-5038 – danny.burgess@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pasco)

Rep. Colleen Burton – (850) 717-5040 – Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Polk)

Rep. Matt Caldwell – (850) 717-5079 – matt.caldwell@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lee)

Rep. Daphne Campbell – (850) 717-5108 – daphne.campbell@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed – (850) 717-5092 – gwyn.clarke-reed@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Neil Combee – (850) 717-5039 – Neil.Combee@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Osceola, Polk)

Rep. Richard Corcoran – (850) 717-5037 – richard.corcoran@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pasco)

Rep. Bob Cortes (B) – (850) 717-5030 – Bob.Cortes@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange, Seminole)

Rep. John Cortes (J) – (850) 717-5043 – John.Cortes@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Osceola)

Rep. Fred Costello – (850) 717-5025 – Fred.Costello@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Volusia)

Rep. Steve Crisafulli – (850) 717-5051 – steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

Rep. Janet Cruz – (850) 717-5062 – janet.cruz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. W. Travis Cummings – (850) 717-5018 – Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Clay)

Rep. Jose Felix ‘Pepi’ Diaz (J) – (850) 717-5116 – jose.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Manny Diaz (M) – (850) 717-5103 – Manny.Diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Brad Drake – (850) 717-5005 – brad.drake@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington)

Rep. Bobby DuBose – (850) 717-5094 – Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Dwight Dudley – (850) 717-5068 – Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Dane Eagle – (850) 717-5077 – Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lee)

Rep. Katie A. Edwards – (850) 717-5098 – Katie.Edwards@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Eric Eisnaugle – (850) 717-5044 – Eric.Eisnaugle@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Jay Fant – (850) 717-5015 – Jay.Fant@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen – (850) 717-5078 – Heather.Fitzenhagen@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lee)

Rep. Erik Fresen – (850) 717-5114 – erik.fresen@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Reggie Fullwood – (850) 717-5013 – reggie.fullwood@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (M) – (850) 717-5004 – matt.gaetz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Okaloosa)

Rep. Joe Geller – (850) 717-5100 – joseph.geller@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Julio Gonzalez – (850) 717-5074 – Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Sarasota)

Rep. Tom Goodson – (850) 717-5050 – tom.goodson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard, Orange)

Rep. Bill Hager – (850) 717-5089 – bill.hager@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Gayle Harrell – (850) 717-5083 – gayle.harrell@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Martin, St. Lucie)

Rep. Shawn Harrison – (850) 717-5063 – shawn.harrison@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Walter Bryan ”Mike” Hill – (850) 717-5002 – mike.hill@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Escambia, Santa Rosa)

Rep. Matt Hudson – (850) 717-5080 – matt.hudson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Collier, Hendry)

Rep. Blaise Ingoglia – (850) 717-5035 – Blaise.Ingoglia@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hernando)

Rep. Clay Ingram – (850) 717-5001 – clay.ingram@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Escambia)

Rep. Kristin Jacobs – (850) 717-5096 – Kristin.Jacobs@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Evan Jenne – (850) 717-5099 – Evan.Jenne@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Mia Jones (M) – (850) 717-5014 – mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Shevrin D. ”Shev” Jones (S) – (850) 717-5101 – Shevrin.Jones@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Dave Kerner – (850) 717-5087 – Dave.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Mike La Rosa – (850) 717-5042 – Mike.LaRosa@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Osceola, Polk)

Rep. Chris Latvala (C) – (850) 717-5067 – Chris.Latvala@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Larry Lee Jr. (L) – (850) 717-5084 – Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: St. Lucie)

Rep. MaryLynn Magar – (850) 717-5082 – MaryLynn.Magar@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Martin, Palm Beach)

Rep. Debbie Mayfield – (850) 717-5054 – debbie.mayfield@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Indian River, St. Lucie)

Rep. Charles McBurney – (850) 717-5016 – charles.mcburney@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Kionne L. McGhee – (850) 717-5117 – Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Larry Metz – (850) 717-5032 – larry.metz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lake)

Rep. Mike Miller – (850) 717-5047 – Mike.Miller@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. George R. Moraitis – (850) 717-5093 – george.moraitis@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Jared Evan Moskowitz – (850) 717-5097 – Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Amanda Murphy – (850) 717-5036 – Amanda.Murphy@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pasco)

Rep. Ed Narain – (850) 717-5061 – Ed.Narain@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez – (850) 717-5119 – jeanette.nunez@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Marlene O’Toole – (850) 717-5033 – marlene.otoole@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lake, Marion, Sumter)

Rep. Jose Oliva – (850) 717-5110 – jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Mark Pafford – (850) 717-5086 – mark.pafford@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Kathleen C. Passidomo – (850) 717-5106 – kathleen.passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Collier)

Rep. W. Keith Perry – (850) 717-5021 – keith.perry@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist)

Rep. Kathleen M. Peters – (850) 717-5069 – Kathleen.Peters@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Cary Pigman – (850) 717-5055 – Cary.Pigman@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie)

Rep. Ray Pilon – (850) 717-5072 – ray.pilon@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Sarasota)

Rep. Scott Plakon – (850) 717-5029 – Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Seminole)

Rep. Rene Plasencia – (850) 717-5049 – Rene.Plasencia@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Elizabeth W. Porter – (850) 717-5010 – elizabeth.porter@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee)

Rep. Bobby Powell – (850) 717-5088 – Bobby.Powell@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Sharon Pritchett – (850) 717-5102 – Sharon.Pritchett@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Jake Raburn – (850) 717-5057 – Jake.Raburn@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Kevin Rader – (850) 717-5081 – kevin.rader@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Holly Merrill Raschein – (850) 717-5120 – Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade, Monroe)

Rep. Daniel D. Raulerson – (850) 717-5058 – Dan.Raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Lake Ray – (850) 717-5012 – lake.ray@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Duval)

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda – (850) 717-5009 – michelle.rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Leon)

Rep. Paul Renner – (850) 717-5024 – paul.renner@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Flagler, St. Johns, Volusia)

Rep. David Richardson – (850) 717-5113 – David.Richardson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Kenneth L. Roberson – (850) 717-5075 – ken.roberson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Charlotte)

Rep. Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R) – (850) 717-5076 – Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lee)

Rep. José Javier Rodrí­guez (J) – (850) 717-5112 – Jose.Rodriguez@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Hazelle P. ”Hazel” Rogers – (850) 717-5095 – hazelle.rogers@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. Patrick Rooney – (850) 717-5085 – pat.rooney@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Darryl Rouson – (850) 717-5070 – darryl.rouson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota)

Rep. David Santiago – (850) 717-5027 – David.Santiago@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Volusia)

Rep. Irving ”Irv” Slosberg – (850) 717-5091 – irving.slosberg@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Palm Beach)

Rep. Jimmie T. Smith (J) – (850) 717-5034 – jimmie.smith@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Citrus, Hernando)

Rep. Ross Spano – (850) 717-5059 – Ross.Spano@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

Rep. Chris Sprowls – (850) 717-5065 – Chris.Sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Pinellas)

Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford – (850) 717-5109 – cynthia.stafford@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Richard Stark – (850) 717-5104 – Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward)

Rep. W. Gregory ”Greg” Steube – (850) 717-5073 – greg.steube@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Manatee, Sarasota)

Rep. Cyndi Stevenson – (850) 717-5017 – cyndi.stevenson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: St. Johns)

Rep. Charlie Stone – (850) 717-5022 – Charlie.Stone@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Levy, Marion)

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan – (850) 717-5031 – Jennifer.Sullivan@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Lake, Orange)

Rep. Dwayne Taylor – (850) 717-5026 – dwayne.taylor@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Volusia)

Rep. John Tobia – (850) 717-5053 – john.tobia@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

Rep. Victor Manuel ”Vic” Torres – (850) 717-5048 – Victor.Torres@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Orange)

Rep. Carlos Trujillo – (850) 717-5105 – carlos.trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade)

Rep. Jay Trumbull – (850) 717-5006 – Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Bay)

Rep. Charles E. Van Zant – (850) 717-5019 – charles.vanzant@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Union)

Rep. Barbara Watson (B) – (850) 717-5107 – barbara.watson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Miami-Dade)

Rep. Clovis Watson (C) – (850) 717-5020 – Clovis.Watson@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Alachua, Marion)

Rep. Alan B. Williams – (850) 717-5008 – alan.williams@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Gadsden, Leon)

Rep. John Wood – (850) 717-5041 – john.wood@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Polk)

Rep. Ritch Workman – (850) 717-5052 – ritch.workman@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Brevard)

Rep. Dana D. Young – (850) 717-5060 – dana.young@myfloridahouse.gov
(Counties represented: Hillsborough)

 

 

 

COUNCIL APPLAUDS DEFEAT OF ALCOHOL DEREGULATION BILL

Chairman John Giotis says the bill’s defeat is a victory for Florida families and young people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2015 Contact: John Giotis
E-mail: john@flcsc.org

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Council for Safe Communities applauded Tuesday’s House Regulatory Affairs Committee vote that killed House Bill 107. The bill, backed heavily by Wal-Mart and other large retailers, originally called for the repeal of the longstanding Florida law that requires hard alcohol to be sold in a separate location from groceries and other goods.

“Alcohol abuse among Florida’s young people is a consistent and serious concern,” said Council Chairman John Giotis. “Yesterday’s committee vote to keep current regulations in place will serve to protect kids and promote public safety.”

Giotis has testified before several House and Senate committees on the dangers of alcohol deregulation this year. While this issue has been the Council’s recent legislative focus, it regularly monitors several issues of concern to Florida communities, including human trafficking, identity theft, and bullying.

ON THE WEB: www.flcsc.org

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United Christians of Florida PAC opposes SB 186

February 17, 2015

Today United Christians of Florida PAC officially opposes SB 186 which will be heard in Chairman Rob Bradley’s Regulated Industries Committee tomorrow afternoon. Established in 1986, United Christians is the oldest Christian policy and grassroots organization in the state of Florida, predating other statewide Christian advocacy organizations and still endorsing  candidates in local, state, and federal races who exhibit a biblical worldview and stance on various social and moral issues.

United Christians of Florida PAC views this issue as a moral matter in that we do not want to see Florida’s set tier system undone and muddy the tracking and movement of alcohol distribution, which could lead to further issues such as broader youth alcohol access.

 

Florida Council for Safe Communities, Florida Pastors Oppose Alcohol Deregulation

January 30, 2015

The Honorable Steve Crisafulli
Speaker of the Florida State House
420 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Honorable Andy Gardiner
President of the Florida State Senate
409 The Capitol
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Honorable Jose Felix Diaz
Chairman of the House Regulatory Affairs Committee
303 House Office Building
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Honorable Rob Bradley
Chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee
208 Senate Office Building
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Cc: Members of the Legislature

Dear Sirs:

We have a deep concern about the current legislative discussion over alcohol regulation of Florida.

I, and the undersigned pastors request that you act immediately to stop the effort to deregulate alcohol in Florida. We are specifically concerned with the proposed committee substitute for Senate Bill 186, House Bill 301, and House Bill 107. From the earliest days of alcohol regulation, our society has understood that increasing the proliferation of alcohol threatens our families and our children. At a minimum, these bills threaten to destroy the barriers to illegal possession for underage consumers, and we urge you to take action accordingly.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the US Department of Justice estimated that a majority of criminal offenders were under the influence of alcohol alone when they committed their crimes. Also, based on victim reports, alcohol use by the offender was a factor in 37% of rapes and sexual assaults, 15% of robberies, 27% of aggravated assaults, and 25% of simple assaults.

According to the website, www.DoSomething.org, every 53 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day who die as a result of drunk driving. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest, and every 90 seconds, someone is injured from a drunk driving incident.

Alcohol needs to be regulated. Alcohol isn’t just a commodity like a gallon of milk or a box of tennis shoes. Alcohol is a legal drug that, when abused, can have devastating ramifications for the consumer and the many innocents surrounding the consumer. The levels of precaution that are set in place to regulate the alcohol industry are there for a reason.

Removing barriers between consumers and alcohol companies makes it easier, not harder, for minors to get their hands on alcohol. We know that as legislators, you are in the people business. We too, as pastors, are in that business, but sometimes our work takes on a more emotional turn, and we have had to counsel many a family with a teenaged child or even younger who has been killed either because he or she was using alcohol irresponsibly or were unfortunately around someone who was using it as such.

Pastors and faith community leaders are beginning to mobilize across the state, and we respectfully ask that you oppose efforts to deregulate alcohol in Florida.

Yours Truly,

John Giotis, Chairman
Maurice Langston, Vice-Chairman and Pastor
Mr. Jim Kallinger, President of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition
Pastor Pam Olsen, International House of Prayer
Pastor Raymond Johnson, Biblical Concepts Ministries
Pastor Tenney Olsen, Hilltop Church
Pastor Randy Ray, North Florida Baptist Church
Pastor Nick Reed, Crawfordville United Methodist Church

*Names of churches are used for identification purposes only.