What are our lawmakers doing?

February 13, 2009

Clay Ford is sponsoring these bills:

HB 103 – Voyeurism: Prohibits secretly viewing, for specified purposes, either under or through clothing being worn by another person without that person’s knowledge or consent to view body of, or undergarments worn by, that person.

HB 105 – Homestead Assessments: Provides for decrease or no change in assessed value of homestead property under specified circumstances; provides for retroactive operation.

HB 141 – Annuity Contracts for Senior Consumers: Specifies annuity contract protection criteria for senior consumers.

HB 187 – Motor Vehicle Registration Fees (CO-SPONSORS Grimsley; Williams, A.): Revises fee charged for initial & renewal registration of certain automobiles & trucks & deposited into Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund.

HB 745 – Prepaid Services for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Creates Prepaid Services for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Study Group to evaluate creation of prepaid service plan for children with disabilities; provides for membership; provides for organizational support; provides for duties of study group; provides for per diem & travel expenses for members; requires study group to present final report to Legislature.

Dave Murzin has two bills – focus is on limiting civil lawsuits

HB 493 – Licensure of Nursing Homes and Related Health Care Facilities: Provides condition for actions brought on behalf of nursing home residents under certain alternative theory of recovery; prohibits certain actions or admissions from being admitted as evidence in liability actions; requires evidentiary hearing to determine basis for punitive damages; provides conditions under which facility is not liable for failure to provide adequate staffing; prohibits records relating to state licensure inspection reports from introduction in civil proceeding against facility; permits person who provides certain information to state licensure inspector to provide certain testimony.

HB 495 – Negligence: Provides that if person slips & falls on transitory foreign substance in business establishment, injured person must prove that business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of condition & should have taken action to remedy it; provides that constructive knowledge may be proven by circumstantial evidence; repeals provisions relating to duty to maintain premises & burden of proof in claims of negligence involving transitory foreign objects or substances.


Greg Evers has two bills:

HB 501 – Early Learning: Transfers powers, duties, & functions of early learning coalitions to Agency for Workforce Innovation; requires AWI to adopt schedule for transfers, subject to legislative notice & review; abolishes early learning coalitions upon transfer; requires AWI to reclaim state records, property, & funds from early learning coalitions; directs AWI to administer school readiness program & Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program; authorizes AWI to enter into contracts for administering programs; deletes or updates obsolete references to repealed early learning programs; provides conforming changes to transfers; abolishes Florida Early Learning Advisory Council; repeals subsidized child care program case management program & subsidized child care transportation program.

HB 515 – Oil and Gas Production Taxes: Provides for differential rates for oil production tax on tertiary oil adjusted for delivered price; exempts specified oil & gas production from tax for specified period; provides for future repeal of exemptions.

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  • Anonymous February 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Jay Jeff-

    You can let strangers take picture of your 6yr old but not mine! and i think to proclaim being witty, you first have to display it.


  • Jay Jeff February 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Anonymous, please read the following:

    Pronunciation: \sär-ka-zəm\
    1: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on ironic language.

    Pronunciation: \də-lərd\
    1: an unimaginative person who can not grasp sarcasm and who believes there should be a law governing every possible aspect of human life and that state representatives have special powers derived from God and are never wrong, reactionary or imbecilic.

  • Anonymous February 15, 2009 at 9:15 am

    jay jeff, it is called critical thinking for a reason…and you my friend just became an example of why we need to teach it!

    First of all, if you are standing in line in front of a teenager sagging, not sure that would be considered “secretly viewing” and the further explanation…”without the consent of”- if they are sagging, they are consenting

    Second- if the clerk at walmart is scanning your boxers …you are not wearing them, so “under garments worn by” does not apply to your situation

    and thirdly- if said peeping tom is taking photos of your little 6 year old as he comes to the breakfast table in a tshirt and underwear, you prob would be pissed! and i think this is direction the bill is heading.

    I think the bill was in response to some guy snapping voyeur shots of girls at cordova mall and nothing happened because he was at a public place…I could be wrong …but call Ford’s office to verify.

    And please, for the sake of the reader’s of this blog, take some critical thinking classes

  • Anonymous February 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    What a Joke; what are they doing for the average family in Pensacola,

  • Jay Jeff February 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    My fav is HB 103 – Voyeurism Bill, requiring you to get permission from another person to view their underwear.

    Does that mean I can be arrested for being in line behind a teenager who is wearing his pants around his knees, thus exposing said underpants? Am I supposed to cover my eyes?

    Can I have the clerk at Wal-Mart arrested when she looks at the boxers I am buying when she rings them up if she doesn’t ask my permission?

    Will I be forced to get my 6-year old’s permission to uncover my eyes the next time he comes to the breakfast table in his t-shirt and briefs?

    Do we really need an Underpants Bill? I believe a Peeping Perv can be arrested under a number of laws already on the books, including lewd and lacivious behavior.

  • anon321 February 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

    What a waste of taxpayers money. These guys are doing nothing but catering to Big Business and zero for the average citizen. Thanks Rick for showing us what we get with these bums….

  • Anony February 14, 2009 at 11:11 am

    So are you suggesting there are still laws in Fraudia that regulate/legislate the behavior of somebody besides average citizens??
    I think Peaden and Gaetz are snacking on Peaden’s pharmaceutical samples.

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