Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Legislature gears up for 2023 Session with interim meetings this week. (Florida Politics)

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When Florida corporations and their toadies pretend to pray, are they really thinking, "Let us prey?"

The whole world is watching the clear-cutting, wetland-filling, wildlife-killing corny corporate oligarch cat's paws who seem to be running and ruining Flori-DUH's louche legislature, including:

o Florida House Speaker PAUL RENNER (R-NELSON MULLINS 650-lawyer corporate law firm). RENNER is the putative state representative from Flagler County and part of St. Johns County.   RENNER seems like an alien implant from the Koch Brothers.  RENNER lost a Jacksonville legislative race, then moved south in 2015 in search of a legislative sinecure. Other-directed PAUL RENNER is a corporate defense lawyer who is most noted for his support of corporations, natch, and his hateful statements about about "drag queens" only hours after the anti-LGBTQIA+ shootings at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Rude, crude and insensitive?  His ham-handed hateful remarks did not promote healing.  Did they show him to be a leader of "The American Taliban" in his initial furious feculent fascist fatwa as Speaker of the (veto-proof One Party Ruled) Florida House of Representatives?  

o State Senator TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON (R-HUTSON COMPANIES), Chair of the Florida Senate's Regulated Industries Committee, now named as Chair of the new Fiscal Policy Committee. newly whose fraudfeasing tortfeasing ways in the past have included neutering Florida's Soil and Water Conservation District Boards to retaliate against one citizen activist, Ms. Nicole Crosby, ousted as both Chair and member of our St. Johns County Soil and Water Conservation Board. Corrupt, developer-Senator HUTSON in 2018 even tried a sneaky late session amendment to redraw the county line between Duval and St. Johns County to benefit the Davis Family (Winn-Dixie founders).  Chutzpa.   But wait, wait, don't tell me -- there's more! Wikipedia reports that this vacuous vicious varmint of the corporativist Republican persuasion:

After the 2020 election, Hutson and other Republicans proposed changes to restrict voting rights in Florida. The proposed changes to restrict mail-in voting were notable given that Republicans had traditionally voted by mail more than Democrats, but Democrats outvoted Republicans by mail in 2020. There was no evidence of widespread fraud in U.S. elections or in Florida elections. Hutson defended the restrictions on voting, saying "I believe one fraudulent vote is one too many. And I’m trying to protect the sanctity of our elections."[11] The Republican-controlled legislature passed the bill in 2022. The bill also banned Florida localities from having ranked-choice voting.[12][13]

A bill in the 2022 session by Northeast Florida Sen. Travis Hutson would sharply limit homeowners' ability to file construction defect claims for hidden structural flaws. Senate Bill 736 dramatically reduces the time a home builder is responsible for construction defects. For single family homes, it cuts that time in half – from 10 years to five. It makes no exceptions for intentional fraud, or for violations of building and fire safety codes. Hutson’s father is a prominent Northeast Florida home builder. The Hutson Companies is currently building the massive SilverLeaf project in St. Johns County, which is ultimately expected to have more than 16,000 homes and 45 acres of retail space. Huston also works for the company him self. If passed the bill would protect Huston's family and other builders in Florida making it easier for them to cut corners in construction and evade liability for violating building codes.[14] This proposal from Huston comes less than a year after the Surfside Condominium collapsed due to latent defects. Families of the victims of the Surfside collapse are opposing the bill.[15]

As my mother told me when I was a little boy, wealthy Republican politicians "never steal anything small."  

And a President Jimmy Carter said, "I see no reason why big shot crooks should go free, and the poor ones go to jail. To Tallahassee Kleptocrats, kakistocrats, lobbyists, propagandists, bundlers, bagmen and mobsters: we sincerely hope that the FBI will be watching you, too.  Ask SCOTT MADDOX and ANDREW GILLUM.  

From Florida Politics:

Legislature gears up for 2023 Session with interim meetings this week. 

By Renzo Downey

Florida Politics

January 2, 2023

After a delayed start to the normal interim meetings, lawmakers will convene in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

The Legislature will hold two days of committee meetings this week, kicking off the run-up to the 2023 Legislative Session.

After last month’s Special Session delayed the start of the usual interim meetings — and after New Year’s and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ inauguration postponed the work week — lawmakers will reconvene in Tallahassee on Wednesday for introductory meetings.

Each legislative term, the first interim meetings are historically reserved for committee members to get a rundown of their panels’ tasks and goals for the new Session. Agencies also start outlining their proposals and initiatives for the new year.

Lawmakers were set to meet Dec. 12-16 for the first week of interim meetings. However, legislative leaders instead called a Special Session, replacing the usual order of events with meetings and floor sessions to pass legislation on property insurance, hurricane recovery and toll relief.

As the day after New Year’s, Monday is considered a state holiday. And on Tuesday, the state is celebrating the start of DeSantis’ second term.

Six Senate committees and 16 House subcommittees are slated to meet throughout the day Wednesday. Two Senate Appropriations subcommittees, one House committee, seven House subcommittees and one joint panel are set to gather Thursday before lawmakers depart later that day.

Among the panels meeting this week are two new select committees, the Senate Select Committee on Resiliency and the House Select Committee on Hurricane Resiliency & Recovery. Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner announced the creation of the panels last year as lawmakers look to guard the state from rising sea levels and future storms.

Kevin Guthrie, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Wesley Brooks, Florida’s Chief Resiliency Officer, are set to address the Senate panel on Wednesday.

Other Senate committees will hear from state officials, like those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). FHFC oversees the implementation of the state’s affordable housing initiatives, which Passidomo has named as a priority for her tenure as Senate President.

Several panels meeting this week are chaired by freshmen Republican lawmakers.

The first committee to meet this week will be the Senate Agriculture Committee, led by freshman Sen. Jay Collins. Among the other panels meeting Wednesday are the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee, chaired by freshman Sen. Corey Simon, and the Senate Community Affairs Committee, chaired by freshman Sen. Alexis Calatayud.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at renzo@floridapolitics.com and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.

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