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Protect Your Assets – Liberty First Network Alert

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SB 1044 by Sen. Jeff Brandes-Forfeiture of Contraband (Repeal Civil Asset Forfeiture): Provides for acquisition of provisional title of seized property; prohibits forfeiture under Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act from being final until owner of seized property is convicted of criminal act that renders property contraband article; provides that property is deemed contraband article & forfeited subject to forfeiture proceedings; specifies circumstances under which seizing law enforcement agency must return property; removes provision vesting rights, interests, & title to contraband articles in seizing law enforcement agency.

Civil forfeiture has become a revenue generation tool used by police to fund their own coffers. James Madison wrote that “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort”. The use of Asset Forfeiture flies in the face of “due process” and the protections of private property guaranteed in the Constitution.

SB 1044 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice on Thursday February 11th, 2016 at 10:00 AM

TAKE ACTION

Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice and tell them to support SB 1044.

Full Name  Phone Number  E-Mail
Bradley, Rob  850-487-5007  bradley.rob.web@flsenate.gov
Evers, Greg  850-487-5002  evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
Flores, Anitere  850-487-5037  flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
Joyner, Arthenia L.  850-487-5019  joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov
Negron, Joe  850-487-5032  negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov
Soto, Darren  850-487-5014  soto.darren.web@flsenate.gov
Hutson, Travis  850-487-5006  hutson.travis.web@flsenate.gov

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This letter was originally printed in the Ocala Star Banner and then reprinted in the last edition of American Patriot News.

There is a major conflict in published reports regarding the Tea Party and what it stands for. Any educated individual knows that a poll can be skewed by not only the questions, but how the questions are asked, and precisely who is the audience. It’s true the Tea Party supports Conservatives and strongly opposes liberal candidates like Hillary Clinton and Sanders, admitted progressives with an ultra liberal, socialist agenda. Liberals do not support or like the Tea Party. They have a different view of the future of America. The column by James Harris in last Sunday’s Paper was full of misguided information that I will address in this column.  To do that let’s address precisely what are the core values of the Tea Party which, I pray, do coincide with the vast majority of Americans. If not, this is not the America I grew up to love.  First, in order, we love our GOD, Country and Family; We support the limited powers of Government as outlined in our Constitution; We believe in Freedom and Liberty for all our Citizens; We support Personal Accountability and Responsibility; We strongly support our Law Enforcement Officers and our Military; We believe in Free Enterprise and Fiscal Responsibility in all areas of Government; We believe that Social Security is our money, not one penny came from Government, and should not be touched. We question how our own money can be classified as “an entitlement”; We believe in decent Health Care for all Americans, but feel Obama Care is a disaster waiting to explode, a disaster that was passed without anyone knowing what was in it; Like our forefathers, we are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment. It is a fact that Chicago, who has one of the toughest gun laws in the Country, has the worst crime rate, including the highest murder rate anywhere. Strict gun laws take guns away from good people, not the criminals. It’s worth mentioning that this paper’s question regarding carrying guns on campuses was nearly 2 to 1 in favor. Most of us realize these killers are cowards, they seek out those who have no way of fighting back. Those with a Concealed Weapon Permit prevent crime , and don’t commit crime; Additionally, We believe in working to balance our National Budget, we can’t further endanger our children’s financial future; we believe in securing our borders against illegals, and not providing illegals with benefits that should be reserved for our citizens; we believe that marriage is ordained by GOD and is reserved for one man, one woman. This has been the definition throughout history and 5 unelected judges shouldn’t have the right to change it; We value human life, opposing abortions and tax payer funding of organizations like Planned Parenthood.  The above are factual beliefs, hopefully agreed upon by most Americans. To verify the facts are true as listed above, please attend our local meeting, Monday nights, 7PM @ The Marion Oaks Community Center.

GOD Bless America,

Wayne Rackley
Retired Agency Vice President
Life Of Virginia Ins. Co.

HB 169 Burden of Proof on Stand Your Ground

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EMAIL FROM:  Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President

HB-169 Burden of Proof  by Rep. Dennis Baxley is scheduled to be heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 9:00AM.

HB-169 Burden of Proof   restores the Stand Your Ground law to the original intent of the Legislature by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.

If you own a gun and you ever have to use it to protect yourself or your family and — you think, because of the Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law, that the law is on your side.  Think again.  The Legislature gave you protection in 2005, but prosecutors and the courts have taken it away.

In 2005, the Legislature passed a self-defense law that gives immunity from arrest, detaining in custody, charging and prosecuting — until and unless an investigation by the state reveals there is probable cause to believe the act was not lawful self-defense.

Prosecutors and the courts didn’t like it so they created a special “Stand Your Ground” hearing that forces victims who fight back against criminals to prove they are innocent rather than making the state prove guilt.  This bill stops that and restores the protection the Legislature provided.

It is CRITICAL that you respond by emailing members of the House Criminal Justice Committee.  There are members of this committee who favor prosecutors and the courts INSTEAD OF YOU.

Make no mistake — a committee member who votes against this bill will be voting against you and your constitutional right of self-defense.

To email the Senators, go HERE

Please EMAIL Committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT HB-169 Burden of Proof by Rep. Dennis Baxley

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT:  SUPPORT HB-169  Restore Self-defense Rights

Action Alert! Senate Open Carry Bill SB 300

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Senate Open Carry Bill SB 300 Passes Criminal Justice and now moves to Senate Judiciary

Urge the committee and your local representatives to support this bill! Florida Citizens’ Alliance believes very strongly that you have the God-given right to protect your life and your families’ lives.

You may only have seconds to draw your firearm when confronted by criminal or terrorist who wishes to do you and your family harm. If Florida becomes an “open carry” state, you will not have to waste precious seconds drawing your firearm from a concealed location.

The Senate Open Carry Bill SB 300 passed the Criminal Justice Committee and now moves to the Judiciary. It has not been scheduled yet but we cant want for a last minute alert!

Read more HERE

Suwannee Democrat Letter

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September 6, 2015
Submitted by: S. Higgins

 

Open letter to the citizens of Suwannee County:

I want to thank the Suwannee Democrat for its coverage of the County Commission meetings. Decisions that are made in these meetings affect us directly; either in our wallets or our freedom.

The issue of the County EMS Service taking over the non-emergency transport service has been ongoing for two years. This is a service that has been done by a private company since 1993. At the core of this issue is whether government (on any level) should take over a service being done by a privately owned company, effectively putting people out of work and losing the property taxes and other benefits that this company brings to our community.

You will hear some of our commissioners say that the state gave them the authority to issue the certificate that “allows” a company to operate in a county. My first reaction to that was “who died and gave the state that authority in the first place??”

Another reason you will be given for this is how much revenue this will bring in. This is supposed to help offset the expenses of the regular EMS (911) services. The commission just voted to hire 6 (SIX) additional full-time Paramedic/Firefighters to offset the overtime costs which will approach a half million ($500,000) dollars this year alone! In a small county like ours, we need all of our departments to run in a streamlined, conservative manner. While I personally believe that counties should operate the 911 (emergency) side; if it can’t be done efficiently in-house, maybe we should look to the private sector for this. I will be requesting and watching the overtime expenses for this department in the coming year in an effort to be sure that the new employees are filling this budget item!

Think about whether you want our county to go further down this “slippery slope”. Are you okay with government effectively putting a private company out of business in our county? Are you okay with people possibly losing their livelihood and benefits if they lose their jobs? Is this how our free enterprise system is supposed to work? Government never does anything as efficiently as the private sector does, BUT the private sector cannot compete with government because government has the taxpayers to bail it out when things don’t go the way they told us it would! A prime example of this in our county is the Catalyst site. What we were told in the beginning about the cost, and where we are now, are totally different amounts. AND WE ARE NOT DONE YET! Guess who is footing this bill?

We have two commissioners who are standing firm on this issue and another one who wants to do the right things. I salute these men for standing on principle. I know this isn’t easy! Let your commissioner know how you feel about this issue. Remind him that he is hired by, and answerable to the taxpayers. If we are not happy with the decisions our commissioner is making we need to be looking for people of principle to take their place in the next election.

 

Suwannee County Commission May Vote to Take Over Private Business

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Century Ambulance has been the Non-Emergency transport for Suwannee County Residents since 1993.

They have been good corporate citizens over the years.  They pay property taxes, fuel taxes, employ 18 people in Suwannee County, donate to, and sponsor many charitable events in this area.

Last year the Commission voted to take over a portion of this and they are now trying to take the rest of it over. At this Tuesday’s meeting they can choose to sign the letter or they can revoke the certificate and begin trying to do this operation themselves. Their President is selling his stock to a company who is going to leave all of the executive staff and employees in place.  They need each of the 11 counties they serve to sign a letter stating that the Certificate that was issued to Century will remain in full force and effect under the new company.

Do you believe that government should be in the business of taking over private businesses and putting people out of work?  If you feel strongly about this, please call the commissioners and let them know!  (Ask them to sign the letter and let Century Ambulance continue doing their job in Suwannee County!)

Please share this information with anyone you think would be concerned about this!

If you want more information, please email: info@northcentralfloridateaparty.org.

Attend the meeting on Tuesday night, September 1, 2015 at 6 pm –  218 Parshley St. SW, Live Oak if you can.

FL Legislature’s Special Session 2015B & FDLE Investigating Planned Parenthood

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Information from Florida Representative Debbie Mayfield:

This week, the Florida Legislature will begin Special Session 2015B. We will redraw and approve eight of Florida’s 27 congressional districts, including effected neighboring districts.

Special Session 2015B: Public Input on Congressional Redistricting

Recently, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner announced a Special Session to redraw eight of Florida’s 27 congressional districts. The Special Session will be held from August 10th to August 21st, 2015.

The Florida Redistricting website will serve as a hub for the public to access information regarding the redistricting process. This will allow the public to review what the Legislature is considering and ensure an open and transparent process.

Legislative staff in collaboration with counsel has drafted a base map  that follows the July 9, 2015 Florida Supreme Court order. To review the guidelines used to draw the base map, please click here. To view the base map, click here.

Read more HERE and then give your input!

Religious Conscience Bill before Senate Rules Committee on Monday

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BACKGROUND: On April 9, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 7111 to establish conscience protections for private adoption and foster care agencies. The bill has been sent to the Senate and is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

As a “shield not a sword”, HB 7111 protects religious adoption agencies from being forced to either violate their religious convictions or stop serving children in need of loving families. Catholic Charities offices in Massachusetts, Illinois and California faced with similar circumstances have had no choice but to severely restrict or discontinue their adoption services.

The bill adds no new barriers to the adoption process for any qualified Florida residents who can and do work with the majority of Florida’s 82 private adoption agencies today. Similar conscience protections are already in place in Florida law related to abortion, family planning, end-of-life decisions and participation in executions.

Read More Here and find out what you can do to help!

Religious Conscience Bill

Principles of Freedom

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Are you concerned about what is happening to our country? Are you aware of the freedoms that you have lost? Are you uncomfortable with the unrestrained growth of our government? Does the growth of our national debt frighten you? Do you understand the root cause of the problems that have emerged? Our country’s problems didn’t begin this year, or with the current administration! The problems began more than 100 years ago when we began abandoning the foundational principles built into our Constitution!

“We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain rights….”. We have inalienable rights, but these rights are only available if we are diligent in fulfilling our individual responsibilities. We have failed to follow the founding Principles that made our country great and overlooked our duty to teach them to our children. It is not too late to change!

Get involved!  Attend your local county commission, school board and other civic meetings. Join a tea party or other like-minded group.  The North Central Florida Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Jackie Taylor Building, 128 SW Birley Road.  This is approximately 3 miles west of the I-75 interchange, on the corner of U.S. 90 and Birley Road.  Please come out, meet some like-minded people and get involved!

Common Core Legislation

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Many thanks to Debbie Gunnoe for driving all the way from Navarre to bring us the history of the education system in our country and why we are where we are today!  She gave a great presentation and we really got a lot out of it.  There are several bills in Tallahassee this session that will help to slow down or strop the implementation of Common Core.  Please call your representative and Senator and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

Go to www.flsenate.gov  and look up the legislation:
SB 1496,  SB 1450  Assessments & Accountability; SB 1406 Education

Go to www.myfloridahouse.gov  and look up the legislation:
HB 1121, HB 877 Assessments & Accountability; HB 743 Education.

All of these bills need to go through several committees before they go to the full house and senate for a vote.  You can track these bills and contact the committee members as they are working their way through.  If you need any help with this, please call Sharon at 386-935-0821.

Representative Elizabeth Porter (850) 717-5010

Senator Charlie Dean  (850) 487-5005

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