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 43. To let religious institutions not provide services for same-sex weddings. Passed 82 to 37 in the House on March 2, 2016, and 23 to 15 in the Senate on March 3, 2016.
Establishes that clergy, churches and other religious institutions may choose to not participate or assisting a wedding ceremony if doing so would violate sincerely held religious beliefs. It also establishes that a tax-exempt organization that chooses to not participate or assist such a weeding will not lose its tax-exempt status for that decision.
Senate Bill 1044. Asset forfeiture Passed 116 to 0 in the House on March 8, 2016, and 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 4, 2016.
To require that a person’s property may be seized by law enforcement only if that person has been arrested. It also requires that the government prove to a court that property was connected with a crime. It it does not, the government must make a payment to the property owner.
House Bill 344. Stand your ground. Passed 24 to 12 in the Senate on January 28, 2016; died in the House Judiciary Committee.
To change the burden of proof in cases involving claims of self-defense. In pre-trial hearings, the burden would shift from the person who makes a claim of self-defense to the prosecution.
House Bill 7029. To give parents the right to enroll their children in any public district or charter school that has room. Passed 81 to 37 in the House on March 10, 2016, and 29 to 10 in the Senate on March 11, 2016.
To require school districts to enroll students who live outside their boundaries, provided there is room, and to publish information that is needed by parents who wish to enroll their students there. Parents would be responsible for transporting their children to the new district.