2017 Florida Legislation

Child Exploitation

Bills
SB 1558

Our Position
STRONGLY OPPOSE

Child Exploitation; Revising the offenses that may be investigated and prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution; revising the types of offenses committed by a child in the custody of the Department of Children and Families which require the department to provide notice to the school superintendent; revising the type of offenses that create a rebuttable presumption of detriment for judicial determinations related to contact between a parent or caregiver and certain child victims, etc.

Among a number of things this bill seeks to do is remove parental rights of parents convicted of viewing child pornography even if the child was not the victim!

It empowers Department of Children and Families to make this call. We all know the horrific track record of DCF and how many children have died in their custody and control or oversight.

Human Trafficking Education in Schools

Bills
HB 665SB 286

Our Position
SUPPORT

A Bill to be entitled:An act relating to human trafficking education in schools.

This bill outlines the inclusion within heath education in schools the information used by those who seek to engage and recruit our youth into human trafficking.

I support. I would like it to be inclusive of education to empower all to recognize signs of offending or grooming of potential victims for sexual purposes.

Criminal Sentencing

Bills
HB 287

Our Position
Support in theory

A Bill to Be entitled: An act relating to Criminal sentencing.

This bill is regarding sentencing guidelines. It changes the language from mandatory on sentencing guidelines to recommended. It allows Judges some digression. It gives them the ability to sentence below guidelines by requiring they given a written explanation of the mitigation facts which lead to their decision. It also allows them to go above guidelines with the same caveat. It also remove a judges ability to place sentences which accrue a number of years beyond life. It has to state life not 350 years.

Support in theory.

Internet Access

Bills
HB 337SB 870

Our Position
OPPOSE

Interesting; as this bill requires any device which allows connectivity (access) to the internet to be equipped with a software to block obscene material. Should you want access to this material it requires one to pay a fee to have it disabled. The funds would be collected by the retailer and paid to the government. It also allows the retailer to add an additional fee for the service. I find it also concerning that if you are requesting the disabling of this block are they collecting and keeping your information? Are they then sharing that with the government? Does this then allow them to look at your status of registration?

I believe this is censorship.

DO NOT SUPPORT

Florida Criminal Justice Reform Task Force

Bills
SB 458HB 387

Our Position

A bill to be entitled: An act relating to The Florida Criminal Justice Reform Task Force

This is to create a task force to review all Criminal Justice Policy with a goal of reform. As I can see thus far it doesn’t specifically carve out any policies dealing within our population. I think its important legislation and one we should support and promote the inclusion of policies dealing with our population and pushing for an empirically driven reset… Those who sit on this task force should include an expert researcher (Jill Levenson) and expert treatment provider (Jill Levenson) I also believe we need a seat at the table.

Automatic Restoration of Felons’ Voting Rights

Bills
SJR 1266

Our Position
STRONGLY SUPPORT

House Joint Resolution: A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 of Article IV of the State of Florida Constitution to automatically restore voting rights of convicted felons after a specified time.

EXCELLENT BILL! This deserves complete support as written. It restores civil rights of all felons automatically 3 years after all court ordered sanctions are completed… I.E. Prison, probation, community service or parole.

Pub. Rec./Homelessness Surveys and Databases

Bills
HB 381 / SB 1024

Our Position
SUPPORT

A bill to be entitled: an act relating to public records; creating s.420.6231,F.S.; creating a public record exemption For individual identifying information.

This bill I support fully. It exempts certain information from the public records regarding those who participate in Point In Time Count surveys regarding homelessness data.

Internet Identifiers

Bills
SB 684

Our Position
STRONGLY OPPOSE

A bill to be entitled: A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to Internet identifiers; amending s. 3 775.21, F.S.; revising the definition of the term 4 “Internet identifier”; defining the term “social 5 Internet communication”;

We reject this rewrite of the Internet Identifier bill which is currently being litigated in Northern District of Florida’s Federal Court. It still chills speech. It does make some modifications but doesn’t go far enough. this bill is still retrospective instead of prospective. It doesn’t allow for due process and is applied to all.

STRONGLY OPPOSE

Public Records/Internet Identifiers

Bills
SB 686

Our Position
SUPPORT

An act relating to public records; amending s.119.071, F.S.; defining terms; requiring that electronic mail addresses and Internet identifiers of sexual predators or sexual offenders reported pursuant to specified laws be exempt from public record requirements unless otherwise ordered by a court; providing applicability; providing construction; providing for future review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity; providing a directive to the Division of Law Revision and Information; providing a contingent effective date.

I fully support this bill. It exempts the public disclosure of internet identifiers unless in specific circumstances.

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