Thursday, January 25, 2018

URGENT! MUST STOP CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSAL 95 - THREAT TO FLORIDA ENVIRONMENT - CALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS NOW!

Florida's future could be riding on a vote to take place as early as 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. That is when the Congressional Revision considers a HORRIBLE proposalto end Home Rule in the Florida Constitution. 

The same "Get-Out-of-Regulation-Free" card would be given to any business that did not restrict its activities to the borders of the jurisdiction its HQ is located in.  Preemptions we have fought off include fertilizer, fracking, and so far the tree-trimming bills filed this year.  And we continue to fight for the right of localities to regulate plastic bags and Styrofoam.  All but three Constitution Revision Commission members were appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President.  

Not surprisingly, they have bought into the idea that the best way to ensure people make the correct choice is to remove opportunities for them to choose and have the state make the decisions for them.  Tell them not to pass this bad proposal. Please call and email Commissioners at the bottom of this page.

Please email us after you call/email so we have a tally of our contacts to: jonathan.ullman@sierraclub.org

- Proposal 95 would end home rule in Florida -
Constitution Revision Commission Proposal 95, sponsored by Commissioner Lee, will be heard by the Local Government Committee on Friday, January 26th at 9:00am. Proposal 95 would eliminate home rule in Florida as we know it. 

Proposal 95 would create a constitutional prohibition against any county, municipality, or special district’s regulation of any type of commerce, trade, or labor, unless such regulation operated exclusively within the respective entity’s own boundaries in a manner not prohibited by law. 

Additionally, Proposal 95 would prohibit any regulation enacted by a county, municipality, or special district from intruding upon, or impeding, commerce, trade, or labor across the respective entity’s boundaries.

The language contained in Proposal 95 is incredibly broad and the Proposal provides no definition for the terms “commerce”, “trade”, or “labor”. This could lead to numerous legal challenges brought against not only local government ordinances and regulations, but also against legislation enacted by the Legislature.
Specifically, Proposal 95 would:
·     Affect fundamental local decision such as zoning, animal control, tree protection, and traffic flows
·     Force local leaders to navigate a network of approvals and appeals to tackle mundane administrative matters
·     Require local employers to engage in the state legislative process for minor matters that could easily be addressed at the local level

Please visit flcrc.gov and ask the members of the Constitutional Revision Commission to vote for localism and against Proposal 95.

FAC CONTACT:
For additional information, please feel free to contact Laura Youmans via email at lyoumans@fl-counties.com or Brian Sullivan at bsullivan@fl-counties.com.
·     Call CRC committee members
·     Email CRC comittee members
·     Come to Tallahassee and testify this Friday
If you are planning to come to Tallahassee, please notify Tiffany Henderson or Davin Suggs of your arrangements.
Commissioner Erika Donalds
Chair CRC Local Government Committee

Commissioner Chris Nocco
Vice Chair CRC Local Government Committee

Commissioner Emery Gainey
Commissioner Bob Solari

Commissioner John Stemberger

Commissioner Carolyn Timmann

Commissioner Nicole Washington