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.
Senate Bill 310. Remove a statue of a Florida Confederate general from the U.S. Capitol. Passed 83 to 32 in the House on February 24, 2016 and 33 to 7 in the Senate on February 11, 2016.
To remove the statute of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, a Confederate general, from the U.S. Capitol. This is one of two statutes there representing Florida.
House Bill 563. Increase penalties for not complying with cash welfare work requirements. Passed 82 to 33 in the House and 33 to 0 in the Senate on March 7, 2016. (The House and Senate could not agree on a single version of the bill, so it was not enacted.)
To increase the sanctions for not complying with the work requirements of a welfare program that pays cash benefits. The sanction for a first offense would increase from losing benefits for 10 days to losing them for one month. The bill would also increase the sanction for losing a benefits debit card more four times during a year.
House Bill 1297. Impose higher sales tax to cover government pension underfunding. Passed 86 to 23 in the House on February 24, 2016 and 35 to 1 in the Senate on March 9, 2016.
To let counties impose a 0.5 sales tax surcharge to cover the unfunded liabilities of government employee pension plans that are no longer open to new employees. A vote of the people in the county would be required.
House Bill 669. Require public schools to accept out-of-district students if space is available. Passed 79 to 34 in the House on February 18, 2016 but died in the Senate education committee.
To require public school districts to accept out-of-district students if space is available. The bill would also require districts to publish on their websites procedures for enrolling and list schools that still have space. The district could give preferences to siblings of students already enrolled as well as to children of military personnel.
House Bill 191. Permit and regulate fracking. Passed 73 to 45 in the House on January 27 but died in the Senate environmental policy committee.
To allow hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and natural gas, and regulate it at the state rather than local level.