Senator Travis Hutson's Draconian preemption bill has been amended, and I am almost starting to like it.
Good compromises make for good laws.
That's the essence of our democratic republic.
Our Florida League of Cities is ok with the proposed amendment.
But that's not enough for me, or for thee.
BUT, to avoid violating the 14th Amendment equal protection clause, Senator: A true economic impact statement should include analysis on the economic effects on living breathing people, not just businesses, including the economic effects of:
- Florida's regressive tax system, including overreliance on sales taxes,
- Florida's eschewing taxes on wealth and "intangible property" like stocks and bonds, and
- Florida legislators' constant drumbeat of assaults on our history and nature here in St. Augustine, Florida, sometimes called "God's country."
In 2016, Senator Hutson was only the second Florida legislator to support LGBTQIA+ rights. I am hopeful he will more often support human rights as Chair of the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries. That means not sponsoring dumb 'ole preemption bills intended to violate self-government, while supporting and increasing rights for our citizens who are oppressed by governments and businesses.
From Florida Politics:
Travis Hutson files amendment addressing home rule concerns with preemption bill. (Florida Politics)
By Jacob Ogles
January 18, 2022