Healthcare Freedom: FL bill would protect “direct primary care agreements”

Recently filed legislation in the Florida House, HB 37, seeks to protect direct patient/doctor agreements from burdensome government regulations by establishing in law that a “Direct Primary Care agreement” and the act of entering into such an agreement is not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code. Read the original proposed…

Florida bill targets taxpayer funding of professional sports franchise facilities

A Florida bill, SB 778, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R) repeals F.S. 288.11625, the Sports Development program. The Liberty First Network notes, “In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million. The state of…

HB 17 targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), calls for more transparency

HB 17 (2018) targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) to be more transparent and accountable. According to the Liberty First Network, “Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed…

Florida bill reduces penalty for “open carry” by concealed-weapon licensees

A proposed bill, SB 148, reduces the penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry, at least for the first two occurences. Under current Florida law (790.053), it is a second-degree misdemeanor to open carry a firearm other than the exceptions listed in F.S. 790.25 (e.g. during target practice under safe conditions and…