2020 Legislative Update Week 2: Calamity at the Capitol!

Union Busting! A State Legislature Dead Set on Stripping Power From Our Local Governments! Elected Officials Hiding Under the Cover of Darkness!

Floridians from every corner of the state fight back against the creeping terror!

This week’s Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update brings you all the terror and excitement of the second week of Legislative Session!

2020 Legislative Update Week 1: The Return of Terror!

Attacks on our local governments!

Thousands of education staff, teachers and Floridians fight back against the menace in our Capitol!

Our democratic rights threatened by our elected officials!

All this and more in Week 1 of the Florida AFL-CIO’s 2020 Legislative Update: The Return Of Terror!

2020 Legislative Update: It Came From Tallahassee

Florida’s legislative session is here and our state is under attack!

This year we’re back just in time, as positively monstrous threats to working people are coming from our Capitol!

Stay tuned for our weekly updates on the issues, thrills and chills coming out of this session!

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See you next week for our first update!

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 9

The Florida Legislature’s annual assault on Working Families has come to an end. The final week saw a flurry of legislation guaranteeing an apocalyptic future for Floridians, and as the smoke clears the dystopian reality is becoming clear. Check out our final video of the year to see the last minute attack unfold and how the activists form the Working Families Lobby Corps stood strong against the politicians and their big-money friends.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 8

Florida’s Legislative Session is winding down, but the attacks on working families are still coming at full force. Committee meetings have ended so the final shape of our dark dystopian future is taking focus. The politicians and their big-industry allies continued the assault on public education, local control and healthcare access, setting up an apocalyptic reality for working Floridians. Thankfully, the Working Families Lobby Corps was there to meet their attack and help preserve Florida for future generations.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 7

Week 7 of Legislative Session saw the politicians pull out all the stops in their attack on working families. Political tricks and last-minute amendments were used to be sure the big-money special interests were taken care of at the expense of Florida’s future generations. Public school safety and funding, access to healthcare and our constitutional rights were all under attack, and the Working Families Lobby Corps was there to fight back!

Join the Working Families Lobby Corps

As interim committee weeks begin for the 2019 Legislative Session, are you ready to take action at the capitol to defend the rights of working people in our state?

The Working Families Lobby Corps is now entering its 9th year of holding our elected officials accountable all session long, and your voice will help defend workers rights in Tallahassee.

Click here to learn more about our WFLC program and how you and your union can make a difference in the legislative process this year.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 6

We have passed the halfway point of Legislative Session and the attacks keep coming! Watch as the activists in the Working Families Lobby Corps fight back against the continued onslaught driven by big-money interests and the politicians who do their bidding. Our Constitutional rights, public education and school safety were again targeted by the Legislature and working Floridians were there to meet them on the battlefield that will determine our future!

🚨LEG ALERT: SB 7096 in the Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday, April 9th

On Tuesday, April 9th, SB 7096 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. This bill is currently moving forward in both the Senate and the House and we need to take every opportunity available to tell our Senators to VOTE NO on this Anti-Voter Initiative Bill.

If your Senator is listed below, they sit on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, and will be voting on this legislation next Tuesday, April 9th. This might be your final opportunity to act before it goes to a full Senate vote, so call their office and urge them to stand up for YOUR Constitutional Rights by voting NO on SB 7096.

Travis Hutson (850) 487-5007
Perry Thurston, Jr (850) 487-5033
Jeff Brandes (850) 487-5024
Tom Lee (850) 487-5020
Keith Perry (850) 487-5008
Wilton Simpson (850) 487-5010
Annette Taddeo (850) 487-5040
Victor Torres, Jr (850) 487-5015

This Bill will make the already burdensome process of having an initiative placed on the ballot nearly impossible. Of the states which allow for a citizen’s initiative, Florida already has the most difficult requirements to place an item on the ballot and have it pass once there.

Phone calls to offices are great, but there are other options to contact your representatives if they do not sit on the committee that will take this crucial vote on Tuesday.

CLICK HEREto sign the petition urging your Legislators to VOTE NO on this voice-stealing legislation.

CLICK HERE for a list of Legislators and their Twitter handles. Tweet your Senators and Representatives to let them know they need to oppose this anti-voter legislation with the hashtag #FLVoterVoice.

Tell the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development NOT to eliminate YOUR Constitutional Rights and vote NO on SB 7096:

  • This bill would limit free speech by only allowing Florida citizens to collect signatures
  • Volunteers must register with the state to collect petitions, meaning they must register to exercise their first amendment rights
  • If a petition collector is ruled ineligible the signatures of the voters who signed the petitions will be ruled invalid without their knowledge
  • This bill could let the government place unfair and biased language on the ballot for initiatives they don’t support

Supporters of the proposed changes claim the bill addresses current issues with the citizen initiative process. These pretenses show their true motive is to eliminate the citizen initiative process, not protect our voting process:

  • Fraud is statistically nonexistent in the initiative process, and it
    is disingenuous to use it as reasoning to further erode our constitutional rights
  • The amount of amendments passed by the Legislature, CRC and TBRC outnumber citizen initiatives 3-1, meaning citizen initiatives do not overburden the process
  • Some of the past citizen initiatives have led to rights restoration, homestead exemptions, increased minimum wage and tax exemptions. These are not frivolous amendments and represent the wishes of the citizens who worked to place them on the ballot and those who voted to enact them.

This is an important bill that could have lasting ramifications on the future of our democratic process and constitutional rights.

Call the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development and tell them NOT to further erode your Constitutional Rights by voting NO on SB 7096.