No money for Planned Parenthood; Juries must reach unanimous verdicts to impose death penalty; Give property tax exemption to some disabled first responders

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No money for Planned Parenthood; Juries must reach unanimous verdicts to impose death penalty; Give property tax exemption to some disabled first responders

  

 

Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Florida during the most recent legislative session, and go to www.votespotter.com to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.

House Bill 1411. To prohibit the state and local governments from giving money to Planned Parenthood. Passed 74 to 44 in the House on March 3, 2016 and 25 to 15 in the Senate on March 9, 2016.

To prohibit government in Florida from entering into contracts with Planned Parenthood. It also imposes bans the sale or donation of body parts of fetuses and several other restrictions on how abortion clinics operate. Several months after Gov. Scott signed the measure into law, a federal court said the law was unconstitutional. The governor has said he will not appeal the ruling.

 

House Bill 7101. To require a unanimous verdict in death penalty cases. Passed 93 to 20 in the House on February 18, 2016 and 35 to 5 in the Senate on March 3, 2016.

To change Florida state law to comply with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. If a jury recommends the death penalty, it must now do so by a unanimous vote rather than a majority vote. If the vote is not unanimous, the jury may recommend life imprisonment without parole.

 

House Bill 287. To give school principals more independence in hiring teachers. Passed 97 to 17 in the House on February 28, 2017, and 36 to 4 in the Senate on March 11, 2016.

To give school principals more independence over staffing and financial decisions, including the power to veto the incoming transfer of a teacher. The law creates a pilot program that is limited to three years and districts in seven counties, including Broward, Duvall, and Pinellas. Participating principals must first complete a training program.

 

House Bill 7015. To give school principals more independence in hiring teachers. Passed 97 to 17 in the House on February 28, 2017, and 36 to 4 in the Senate on March 11, 2016.

To give school principals more independence over staffing and financial decisions, including the power to veto the incoming transfer of a teacher. The law creates a pilot program that is limited to three years and districts in seven counties, including Broward, Duvall, and Pinellas. Participating principals must first complete a training program.

 

House Joint Resolution 1009. To exempt disabled first responders from property taxes. Passed 114 to 0 in the House on February 11, 2016 and 39 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016.

To change the Florida Constitution to exempt permanently and totally disabled first responders from property taxes. Voters must approve this constitutional amendment for it to take effect.

 

Senate Bill 218. To punish fraudulent uses of food stamp benefits. Passed 86 to 31 in the House on March 10, 2016, and 39 to 0 in the Senate on March 10, 2016.

To define “traffic” in existing law covering food stamps (officially, “electronic benefit transfers”) to prohibit their use to purchase guns, ammunition, or controlled substances (drugs). Also prohibits reselling for cash items purchased with food stamps and directs courts that use “community service” as a sentence to send violators to local food banks to work.

 

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