Yesterday while at the capital to discuss the Florida Fair Foreclosure act with legislatures, we sat in the judiciary committee hearing, where the foreclosure bill was suppose to be heard, but instead we got to listen to why these thugs thought they deserved immunity for what they do as politicians. It was disgusting to say the least. The foreclosure bill was not heard and was pushed back to a latter date. Guess they were scared to talk to the 100 plus people that filled the room…
How they voted
PCB JDC 12-03, a House Judiciary Committee bill, would shield legislators from having to testify if they get sued.
YES (13): Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando; Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach; Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge ; Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton; Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart; Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa; John Julien, D-North Miami Beach; Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville; Larry Metz, R-Yalaha; Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples; Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota; William Snyder, R-Stuart; Michael Weinstein, R-Jacksonville.
NO (5): Daphne Campbell, D-Miami; Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs; Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood; Darren Soto, D-Orlando; Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach.
With redistricting lawsuit looming, legislators want immunity
TALLAHASSEE — With state legislators facing lawsuits accusing them of drawing redistricting maps that favor Republicans, a House committee on Thursday passed a bill protecting lawmakers and their staff from having to testify if they get sued.
Proponents said the bill’s timing had nothing to do with redistricting, but was a long-overdue attempt to clarify common law amid recent attempts to subpoena legislators in other lawsuits.
But Democrats blasted the late-emerging bill from the House Judiciary Committee as a blatant attempt to undermine the constitutional amendments on redistricting.
“I think timing is telling,” said Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando. “What it’s telling me is that this is an attempt to shield legislators from depositions in the redistricting process.”
Last week, the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s congressional redistricting maps and raised the prospect that legislators and staff had conversations about drawing favorable districts with Republican congressmen Dan Webster and Mario Diaz Balart, or members of their staffs.
The four-page bill, passed 13-5 with the support of one Democrat, gives “absolute privilege” to current and former legislators and their staffs in any civil action. Lawmakers cannot be compelled to testify or produce documents “in connection with any action taken or function performed in a legislative capacity.” The House Rules Committee will take up the bill next week.