FELLOW WARRIORS, FAC MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS,

Many of you ask how you may help and be involved. This is one of the most important ways you may do both.

We need all of you and your circle of supporters and their supporters and their supporters to reach out and call your legislators and all members of the following committees to oppose this bill based on the following talking points.

THE NUMBER OF CALLS MATTERS!!!!!

CALL TO ACTION!!!

SB 1558 authored by Senator Lauren Book. HB 7049 authored by Criminal Justice subcommittee; Representative Spano

This is a horrible bill!

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.

TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT NOR THE EXPERTISE!

Why is Florida going backwards? The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (COSOMB) has just released new guidelines which actually says it’s important for parents to have contact with their children. They have rethought a position which was widely held for many years in Colorado, and now they have realized it is detrimental to the family as a whole. Not just the returning registered person but to the very children who were denied access to their parent.

There are high profile ATSA members on this COSOMB who are consultants to the SMART office… I think they know far more than legislators in Florida who seek only to continue to punish a population who is of the least likely to reoffend and have  contact offense.

TELL OUR LEGISLATORS WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

Recent Article in the Denver Post…

Denver Post | March 5, 2017

Sex offenders see stringent parenting rules relaxed in Colorado, prompting debate over child safety Appeals court ruling rejected Colorado’s approach to treatment

By Christopher N. Osher

Excerpts:   Colorado’s sex offenders have long maintained the state treats them as pariahs, closely monitoring where they live, what they look at, who they talk to and what they discuss. One claimed in federal court filings that he was warned against keeping a crucifix because it displayed partial nudity. Another, convicted of groping a woman, said he had to write down his thoughts every time he saw a school bus.

The idea was to protect children, but the resulting system that cut off offenders from their own families has now been struck down in federal court. That leaves Colorado to create a new sex-offender treatment and management system that defense lawyers say is long overdue but prosecutors worry will put children at risk.

The system used to start with the premise that offenders should be barred from seeing their children even when they had not been victimized, until offenders prove they’re safe. Probation and parole officials almost always barred contact. The new system presumes sex offenders should parent their children unless a judge or parole board find compelling evidence the children are in danger.  CONTINUED: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/05/sex-offenders-colorado-rules-children/

Another Reference is U.S. vs. Burns – U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 13-5045 Opinion field Dec. 30, 2014 https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/13/13-5045.pdf

It is important that when you call, give your name, if you are a constituent, say so, DO NOT mention your registration status as it is irrelevant. If you are not a registered citizen DO NOT mention as it is irrelevant.

Talking Points:

*             If we continue down this path by denying the rights of this group of people it’s a slippery slope, who then is next?

*         This population is already without a voice in their inability to vote, they should at least be allowed to parent  their own children if they so choose, as does every other citizen, without fear of law enforcement or the government taking them away because they are forced to bare a label imposed by the government for a past conviction.

*          If law enforcement believes a crime is being committed they can get a search warrant, as they would for every other citizen.

*          It is unconscionable the legislature believes this is acceptable to us as Americans to have our failing Department of Children and Families make decisions as to who should be parenting your children if there has been no harm caused to them by you.

.IT IS BAD POLICY FOR FLORIDA and AMERICA.

Click here to find the listings of all your legislators. 

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/#Senators

Assigned House Committees

Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

Judiciary Committee

Assigned Senate Committees

Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (CF)

Criminal Justice (CJ)

Appropriations (AP)

Rules (RC)

 

Committees:

House of Representatives Committees

Judiciary:

Chairman: Chris Sprowls  [email protected]    (850) 717-5065

Vice Chairman: Ross Spano [email protected]   (850) 717-5059

Democratic Ranking Member: Cynthia Stafford [email protected]        (850) 717-5109

Alexander, Ramon [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5008

Burgess, Jr., Daniel Wright “Danny” [R] [email protected] (850) 717-5038

Cortes, John [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5043

Diamond, Ben [D] [email protected]      (850) 717-5068

Fant, Jay [R] [email protected]   (850) 717-5015

Fitzenhagen, Heather [R] [email protected]  (850) 717-5078

Geller, Joseph [D] [email protected]      (850) 717-5100

Gonzalez, Julio [R] [email protected]    (850) 717-5074

Grall, Erin [R] [email protected]          (850) 717-5054

Hager, Bill [R] [email protected]        (850) 717-5089

Harrison, Shawn [R] [email protected]          (850) 717-5063

Metz, Larry [R] [email protected]   (850) 717-5032

Moraitis, Jr., George R. [R] [email protected]        (850) 717-5093

Plakon, Scott [R] [email protected]                     (850) 717-5029

Pritchett, Sharon [D] [email protected]      (850) 717-5102

 

Justice Appropriations:

Chairman: Bill Hagar [email protected]         (850) 717-5089

Vice Chairman:  Eris Eisnaugle [email protected]     (850) 717-5044

Democratic Ranking Member: Sharon Pritchett [email protected]         (850) 717-5102

Abruzzo, Joseph [D] [email protected]       (850) 717-5081

Asencio, Robert [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5118

Byrd, Cord [R] [email protected]               (850) 717-5011

Daniels, Kimberly [D] [email protected]     (850) 717-5014

Fitzenhagen, Heather [R] [email protected]   (850) 717-5078

Gruters, Joe [R] [email protected]  (850) 717-5073

Miller, Mike [R] [email protected]  (850) 717-5047

Plakon, Scott [R] [email protected]      (850) 717-5029

Spano, Ross [R] [email protected] (850) 717-5059

Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R] [email protected]                   (850) 717-5031

Williams, Patricia H. [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5092

Yarborough, Clay [R] [email protected]     (850) 717-5012

 

Criminal Justice:

Chairman: Ross Spano [email protected] (850) 717-5059

Vice Chair: Julio Gonzalez [email protected]   (850) 717-5074

Democratic Ranking Member: Sharon Pritchett [email protected]        (850) 717-5102

Alexander, Ramon [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5008

Altman, Thad [R] [email protected]                    (850) 717-5052

Eagle, Dane [R] [email protected]     (850) 717-5077  

Grant, James “J.W.” [R] [email protected]                  (850) 717-5064

Harrell, Gayle B. [R] [email protected]   (850) 717-5083

Latvala, Chris [R] [email protected]                    (850) 717-5067

Moskowitz, Jared Evan [D] [email protected]               (850) 717-5097

Raulerson, Daniel D. “Dan” [R] [email protected] (850) 717-5058

Richardson, David [D] [email protected]    (850) 717-5113

Rommel, Bob [R] [email protected]         (850) 717-5106

Slosberg, Emily [D] [email protected] (850) 717-5091

Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R] [email protected]         (850) 717-5031

 

Senate Committees:

Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs

Chair: Senator Rene Garcia (R) [email protected]    (850) 487-5036

Vice Chair: Senator Victor M. Torres, Jr. (D) [email protected]     (850) 487-5015

Senator Frank Artiles (R) [email protected]            (850) 487-5040

Senator Doug Broxson (R) [email protected]      (850) 487-5001

Senator Daphne Campbell (D) [email protected]         (850) 487-5038

Senator Kelli Stargel (R) [email protected]              (850) 487-5022

 

Judiciary

Chair: Senator Greg Steube (R) [email protected]        (850) 487-5023

Vice Chair: Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) [email protected]        (850) 487-5027

Senator Randolph Bracy (D) [email protected]          (850) 487-5011

Senator Anitere Flores (R) [email protected]  (850) 487-5039

Senator Rene Garcia (R) [email protected]          (850) 487-5036

Senator Audrey Gibson (D) [email protected]  (850) 487-5006

Senator Debbie Mayfield (R) [email protected]       (850) 487-5017

Senator Bobby Powell (D) [email protected]   (850) 487-5030

Senator Perry E.  Thurston, Jr. (D) [email protected]          (850) 487-5033

 

Committee on Appropriations

Chair: Senator Jack Latvala (R) [email protected]              (850) 487-5016

Vice Chair: Senator Anitere Flores (R) [email protected]             (850) 487-5039

Senator Aaron Bean (R) [email protected]              (850) 487-5004

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) [email protected]                       (850) 487-5027

Senator Lauren Frances  Book (D) [email protected]                     (850) 487-5032

Senator Randolph Bracy (D) [email protected]             (850) 487-5011

Senator Rob Bradley (R) [email protected]             (850) 487-5005

Senator Jeff Brandes (R) [email protected]            (850) 487-5024

Senator Oscar Braynon II (D) [email protected]             (850) 487-5035

Senator George B.  Gainer (R) [email protected]            (850) 487-5002

Senator Bill Galvano (R) [email protected]              (850) 487-5021

Senator Audrey Gibson (D) [email protected]                (850) 487-5021

Senator Denise Grimsley (R) [email protected]           (850) 487-5021

Senator Bill Montford (D) [email protected]            (850) 487-5003

Senator Bobby Powell (D) [email protected]        (850) 487-5030

Senator David Simmons (R) [email protected]             (850) 487-5009          

Senator Wilton Simpson (R) [email protected]            (850) 487-5010

Senator Kelli Stargel (R) [email protected]              (850) 487-5022

 

Justice Appropriations:

Chairman: Senator Aaron Bean (R) [email protected]    (850) 487-5004

Vice Chairman: Senator Randolph Bracy (D) [email protected]    (850) 487-5011

Senator Dennis Baxley (R) [email protected]    (850) 487-5012

Senator Jeff Clemens (D) [email protected]       (850) 487-5031

Senator Keith Perry (R) [email protected]            (850) 487-5008

 

Committee on Criminal Justice:

Chair: Senator Randolph Bracy (D) [email protected]      (850) 487-5011

Vice Chair: Senator Dennis Baxley (R) [email protected]      (850) 487-5012

Senator Aaron Bean (R) [email protected]        (850) 487-5004

Senator Rob Bradley (R) [email protected]      (850) 487-5005

Senator Jeff Brandes (R) [email protected]         (850) 487-5024

Senator Jeff Clemens (D) [email protected]       (850) 487-5031

Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D) [email protected]    (850) 487-5019

 

Committee on Rules

Chair: Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) [email protected]             (850) 487-5027

Vice Chair: Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D) [email protected]           (850) 487-5033

  Senator Lauren Frances  Book (D) [email protected]         (850) 487-5032

Senator Rob Bradley (R) [email protected]                  (850) 487-5005

Senator Jeff Brandes (R) [email protected]                (850) 487-5024

Senator Oscar Braynon II (D) [email protected]              (850) 487-5035

Senator Anitere Flores (R) flores.antiere@flsenate.gov            (850) 487-5039

Senator Bill Galvano (R) galvano.bill@flsenate.gov                  (850) 487-5021

Senator Jack Latvala (R) latvala.jack@flsenate.gov                 (850) 487-5016

Senator Tom Lee (R) lee.tom@flsenate.gov                   (850) 487-5020

Senator Bill Montford (D) montano.bill@flsenate.gov                (850) 487-5003

Senator Wilton Simpson (R) simpson.wilton@flsenate.gov     (850) 487-5010

 

 

This is your time to SHOW UP, STAND UP and SPEAK UP!

We are all in this together.

The time has come again to use our voices. It is of the utmost importance we gather the support of all those who support our cause and they participate in using their voice to let your legislators know this is not supported policy by their constituents.

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