Roll Calls

Roll Call! Senate Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

. S.22 – AN ACT RELATING TO ELIMINATING PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF LIMITED AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA BY ADULTS 21 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER .  PASSED in the State Senate on May 5, 2017, 2016 by a vote of 22-9  . Purpose: To legalize the recreational use of marijuana and to set the stage for creating a framework of […]

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Roll Call! House Legalizes Growing/Possessing Marijuana, 75-71 (2017)

. H.170 – AN ACT RELATING TO POSSESSION AND CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA BY A PERSON OVER THE AGE OF 21  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on May 3, 2017, by a vote of 75-71 . Purpose: To eliminate criminal penalties for possessing and/or cultivating certain amounts of marijuana.      . Analysis: H.170 removes all criminal penalties […]

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Roll Call! House Blocks Statewide Teachers’ Healthcare Contract/$26 Million in Property Tax Savings, 74-74 (2017)

  H.509 – AN ACT RELATING TO CALCULATING STATEWIDE EDUCATION TAX RATES (BECK AMENDMENT TO ANCEL AMENDMENT) . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on May 3, 2017, by a vote of 74-74 . Purpose: The Beck Amendment represented Governor Scott’s proposal to create a statewide teachers’ contract for healthcare benefits, which could save property taxpayers an estimated $26,000,000.   […]

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Roll Call! House Mandates Employees Buy Family Leave Insurance Via New Payroll Tax, 88-58 (2017)

  H.196 – AN ACT RELATING TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on May 3, 2017, by a vote of 88-58 . Purpose: To create a new, mandated, state-run insurance program (similar to unemployment insurance), funded by a payroll tax on employees, that would allow employees to take up to six weeks […]

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Roll Call! House Rejects Voluntary Family Leave Insurance Program (57-88, 2017)

. H.196 – AN ACT RELATING TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE (DONAHUE AMENDMENT) . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on May 2, 2017, by a vote of 57-88 . Purpose: The underlying bill, H.196, would create a new, mandated, state-run insurance program (similar to unemployment insurance), funded by a payroll tax on employees, that would allow employees to take […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes To Eliminate Parental Rights In Regard to Gender Identity Related Mental Health Counseling for Minors

. H.230 – AN ACT RELATING TO CONSENT BY MINORS TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT . PASSED in the State Senate on April 21, 2016 by a vote of 24-6 . Purpose: To allow a minor to consent to receive outpatient treatment from a mental health professional without the consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian. . […]

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Roll Call! Senate Rejects Raising Smoking Age to 21

. S.88 – AN ACT RELATED TO INCREASING THE SMOKING AGE FROM 18 TO 21  . FAILED in the State Senate on April 24, 2017 by a vote of 13-16  . Purpose: To raise the legal smoking age to 21. . Analysis: Those voting YES were in favor of raising the legal smoking age to 21, those voting […]

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Roll Call! House Passes $5.8 Billion Budget Bill

 . H.518 – AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 30 2017, by a vote of 143-1 . Purpose: To make appropriations in support of government for the fiscal year beginning on  July 1, 2017. . Analysis: Those voting YES agreed to spend $5.8 billion […]

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Roll Call! House Votes to Allow Confiscation of Firearms If There Are Allegations of Domestic Abuse

  . H.422 – AN ACT RELATING TO REMOVAL OF FIREARMS FROM A PERSON ARRESTED OR CITED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT.  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 22, 2017, by a vote of 78-60 . Purpose: To allow law enforcement officers to confiscate firearms, without a warrant, from anyone arrested or cited for domestic […]

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Roll Call! House Votes to Bar State Law Enforcement from Gathering Information for a Non-Existent Federal Immigration Registry

. S.79 – AN ACT RELATING TO FREEDOM FROM COMPULSORY COLLECTION OF PERSONAL DATA   . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 14, 2017, by a vote of 110-24  . Purpose: The meat of S.79 states, “A public agency shall not: (1) collect information regarding the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation of any individual for […]

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