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…

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…

ACLU of Florida proposes 14 ways to decrease overcrowding at Escambia County Jail

The ACLU of Florida recently published a report, with 14 recommendations to decrease overcrowding at the Escambia County Jail. The report, titled “Smart Jail for Escambia County: Factsheet and Recommended Solutions,” notes that Escambia County spends about $46.5 million annually on incarceration. In addition to recommendations to address overcrowding, the report also addresses issues such…