FLCAN E-Update March 17, 2017

Problematic Immigration Bills Move in House

On Monday, HB 697 (Metz) passed its first committee of reference. The bill requires local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration policy without accompanying funding. As a result, resources for fighting crime will be redirected to immigration enforcement. Ingrid Delgado, associate for respect life/social concerns, testified in opposition to the bill during the committee hearing…

Bill to Formalize Pregnancy Support Services in Statute Advances

SB 1130 sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) and HB 969 by Rep. Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) both passed first committee references this week. The measure will place the Florida Pregnancy Care Network (FPCN) in Florida statute. The program has been operating since 2005, with funding in the state budget provided on an annual basis…

State Attorney Will No Longer Seek Death Sentences

State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced Thursday morning that she will not seek the death penalty in any case under her administration. The State Attorney’s office handles cases from Orange and Osceola Counties. Florida law gives her the discretion to make the decision…

Help with Avoiding Suspension of Driver License Passes First Committees

At a March 14 committee meeting, FCCB staff indicated support for a bill that prohibits the suspension of driver licenses for failure to pay fees related to traffic citations if the person demonstrates the inability to pay. HB 1017 by Rep.Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) requires that a payment plan option be included on a notice of driving privilege suspension due to nonpayment of a fine…

Learn, Advocate, Fellowship and Pray in Your State Capital City

As Catholics we commit to live our faith in all areas of our lives; to pursue justice for our neighbors; and to protect and uphold the dignity of all human life. Each year during the Florida legislative session, Catholics from across the state gather in Florida’s capital city for an opportunity to fulfill these commitments during Catholic Days at the Capitol. Join us in Tallahassee on April 4-5, 2017 to learn, advocate, fellowship and pray…