FLORIDA  DISABILITY 

Feb 10,    UPDATE FIRST RESPONDER TAX EXEMPTION  DOA, KIA  by BOBBY PAYNE

Bobby Payne once again killed our house bill in committee last week. He is again claiming that we do not deserve it because unlike the military we don't protect the country. Tried to explain to him that as Americans travel the country on business or vacation or to visit family they are protected by the first responders of the states through which they traveled. If national guardsmen in Arizona was totally disabled fighting wildfires and moved to Florida he would be given the veterans exemption even though he never did anything outside of Arizona. A member of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hamilton or Fort Wadsworth who never engaged in combat or was stationed anywhere else but was injured at the Fort and totally disabled could retire here and again receive the veterans tax benefit. We never have that luxury, we technically go into to a combat zone every day. And yet according to Bobby Payne and Larry Metz we are not worthy of the exemption. Keeping in mind that this benefit was given to all of us by the people of Florida and that many representatives indicated that they had voted on it without being aware that it had been changed.

The biggest problem however arose from the fact that Payne claimed that the leadership wanted him to kill the bill. That would be José Oliva the current speaker of the Florida House and Chris Sprowls  the speaker designate for the next two years. What is completely shocking to me is that Payne indicated that Sprowls specifically indicated to him that the bill was not to be voted on. Sprowls father is a disability retired NYPD detective. Is tough enough to fight the bias against us from people like Bobby Payne without one of our own betraying us. His father I am told is a VP of the 1013 over by Tampa Florida.

I have been offered the possibility by the Senators who supported our bill to send it down to the House with messages which is another method of getting it passed. However, since Sprowls is the incoming speaker he can still stop it cold. Sprowls will be the speaker for the next two years unless he is defeated in November's election.

 

I apologize for not being able to get this through but it never occurred to me that I had to watch my back from one of our own. Call Sprowls office and the Gov.'s office and see if you can find out why they are doing this. If either of them reached out in support of this bill the Senators could send it down to the house and it would pass.

  Feb 2, 2020                      TAX     BILL     IMMEDIATE     ATTENTION

Our bill HB 281 is going through the Senate without resistance SB 484.  However, Bobby Payne is once again not scheduling  it for a hearing in his committee which meets tomorrow 2/3/2020.  We have only two more shots after that.  Senator Simmons at my request is going to approach Payne about his motivation.  We need to try and get support from the House Speakers office by way of calls. There is a Political Science theory to which many of these politicians adhere, that each call can represent as many as seven to ten votes. It is within the power of the Speaker to move this bill to the floor for a vote if he is motivated.  Lets try to motivate him and the Speaker Pro Tem who is the incoming Speaker and the son of an disabled NYPD Detective.  WE NEED TO INUNDATE THEM WITH CALLS!!!!

Speaker Jose Oliva                                Speaker Pro Tem Chris Sprowls

 

1 850 717 5000  ask for Oliva                 1 850 717 5000 ask for Sprowls 

1 850 717 5110                                         1 850 717 5065

1 305 364 3114                                         1 727 793 2810

Make the calls on all lines as the first line is the Speakers office complex and the other two are their direct legislative offices.   You are likely to get different staff each call which can help to inflate our numbers.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED,

Why is Representative Bobby Payne stopping Senator Simmons (Senate Pres. Pro Tem.) bill HB 281 (SB 484)?  It is co sponsored by the Chairman of the Republican  Party of Florida Joe Gruters and Dennis Baxley the sponsor of the original  Amendment 3  who is trying restore the benefit to all totally disabled first responders.

 That was the intent of the joint resolution and Amendment three as passed by 84% of  the voters. As a Republican leader yourself we ask you to speak to Mr. Payne to have  this bill brought to the House floor for a vote.

 

Please do not diminish the sacrifice of  the first responders and their families, embarrass the Republican leaders who are  supporting this corrective legislation and to continue to disregard the will of 84% of  he voters.                      PLEASE  RELEASE  THIS BILL

Sometimes though seldom the person with whom you are speaking will ask a question or make a statement.  They generally fall into the following: 

Likely questions  1  Cost of the bill. Your response the Revenue Estimating Conference report works out to approximately ten to fourteen cents per person Statewide. The majority of the 67 county property appraisers have  stated the local impact would be almost nothing.

 

2.  Service to state not nation. Your response, first responders protect all of the citizens of every state  as they travel to go about their business 24 hours of every day. Many retired first responders turn out to use their skills to assist in major incidents such as hurricanes, we are a resource to the State not a liability.

 

Any questions call me or if they have any direct them to me.

Stay safe,

 

Jim Bomford B.A. MPA*

Washington D.C.  Legislative Representative

NYPD B/SI 10-13

PO Box 915911

Longwood Florida 32791-5911

Office 407 865 5999

Cell    321 262 3223

Fax    407 865 7867

 Jan 8, 2020                 TAX EXEMPTION  BILL  UPDATE 

 House bill 281                                          Senate bill 484

First Committee With Our Bill  The Session  Starts THIS  Monday

Our bill passed through the first Senate committee by a 5 -0 vote. Our problem once again is the Florida House specifically Bobby Payne (R). I need you guys to call all the Republican members on the committee on the list below and ask them to co sponsor our bill. They will try to tell you that their bill slots are full. Your response should be "ok then if you are telling me that you cannot be a prime cosponsor then just be a co sponsor no  limit to that and it will help our bill with the House Leadership. Please show you care about totally disabled first responders and their spouses and children. 

If they suggest that you go back to NY NJ SC or anywhere else tell them that is not your home Florida is where you pay your taxes and you have been here 10,20,30 years or however long NO LESS THAN 10. Also if you volunteer for anything tell them that you have been of service to Florida during that time.

 Remind them that first reponders protect citizens from every state. No one was asked for ID before a rescue on 9/11 or any other time. We just went in harms way to protect all people and many of us suffered the consequences. The voters of Florida gave us this benefit and no one should not have changed that. The senate bill is sponsored by the original sponsor of amendment 3 because he said what was done was wrong and he wants to fix it. The cost of the bill is 10 cents to 14 cents per person per year. It scored that way with the Senate bill and the house bill is now identical to it. Have your neighbors,friends and relatives call as well. They do not have to be first responders to support the bill

 

LIST of FL LEGISLATORS, ARE  in SECOND ARTICLE  BELOW

Stay safe,

 

Jim Bomford B.A. MPA*                 Washington D.C.  Legislative Representative

NYPD B/SI 10-13                                  PO Box 915911                          Longwood, Florida 32791-5911

 Office 407 865 5999                                          Cell    321 262 3223                                   Fax 407 865 7867

12/23   DISABLED FIRST RESPONDERS IN FL FOX NEWS LINK.   Please Help If You Can

Larry,

 Per your office direction link below. This is the fourth in a series by Fox news 13 Tampa, three last legislative session. CBS Orlando also did several segments and is going to do more.  We are reaching out to fox News National also.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqpIap79ZNk&feature=youtu.be 


We contacted all 67 County and the vast majority indicated that the cost of the original bill was inconsequential.  The state estimate was 10 to 14 cents per person per year. In addition to Gary Joiner of Pasco County two others Marty Kiar of Broward and David Johnson of Seminole have offered to testify on our behalf.   if necessary Questions I can be reached at the numbers below.

 

Thanks, 

Stay safe,

Jim Bomford B.A. MPA*                 Washington D.C.  Legislative Representative

NYPD B/SI 10-13                                  PO Box 915911                          Longwood, Florida 32791-5911

 Office 407 865 5999                                          Cell    321 262 3223                                   Fax 407 865 7867

  DEC 15,   TAX EXEMPTION BILL UPDATE           House bill 281             Senate bill 484

 

Our bill passed through the first Senate committee by a 5 -0 voteOur problem once again is the Florida House specifically Bobby Payne (R).  I need you guys to call all the Republican members on the committee on the list below and ask them to co sponsor our bill. They will try to tell you that their bill slots are full. 

Your response should be "ok then if you are telling me that you cannot be a prime cosponsor then just be a co sponsor no  limit to that and it will help our bill with the House Leadership.  Please show you care about totally disabled first responders and their spouses and children. 

If they suggest that you go back to NY NJ SC or anywhere else tell them that is not your home Florida is where you pay your taxes and you have been here 10,20,30 years or however long NO LESS THAN 10.  Also if you volunteer for anything tell them that you have been of service to Florida during that time. 

 Remind them that first responders protect citizens from every state.  No one was asked for ID before a rescue on 9/11 or any other time.  We just went in harms way to protect all people and many of us suffered the consequences.  The voters of Florida gave us this benefit and no one should not have changed that.  The senate bill is sponsored by the original sponsor of amendment 3  because he said what was done was wrong and he wants to fix itThe cost of the bill is 10 cents to 14 cents per person per year.  It scored that way with the Senate bill and the house bill is now identical to it.  Have your neighbors,friends and relatives call as well. They do not have to be first responders to support the bill

 

Stay safe,

Florida House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (2019 Session)  

Payne, Bobby (R)
(Chair)

19

(850) 717-5019

417 House Office Building

Rommel, Bob (R)
(Vice Chair)

106

(850) 717-5106

417 House Office Building

Silvers, David (D)
(Minority Ranking Member)

87

(850) 717-5087

1003 The Capitol

Antone, Bruce (D)

46

(850) 717-5046

300 House Office Building

Zika, Ardian (R)

37

(850) 717-5037

1401 The Capitol

 Buchanan, James (R)

74

(850) 717-5074

1401 The Capitol

DiCeglie, Nick (R)

66

(850) 717-5066

1301 The Capitol

Duggan, Wyman (R)

15

(850) 717-5015

1101 The Capitol

Eskamani, Anna V. (D)

47

(850) 717-5047

1102 The Capitol

Hage, Brett Thomas (R)

33

(850) 717-5033

1101 The Capitol

 Jenne, Evan (D)

99

(850) 717-5099

316 The Capitol

Jones, Shevrin D. ''Shev''(D)

101

(850) 717-5101

319 The Capitol

Killebrew, Sam (R)

41

(850) 717-5041

308 House Office Building

Overdorf, Tobin Rogers 'Toby' (R)

83

(850) 717-5083

1401 The Capitol

Tomkow, Josie (R)

39

(850) 717-5039

1301 The Capitol

        NOV 3, 

 UPDATE Totally & Permanently Disabled First Responders Ad Valorem Benefit

**** Please Keep All Communication Of This Nature Among First Responders Only. 

Our bills have been filed for the upcoming legislative session which begins January 14, 2020. It is early due to 2020 being a presidential election year. The house bill introduced by Representative Hattersley, is going to be co sponsored by Rep. John Cortes and Toby Overdorf again a bipartisan bill. We have not heard back from Rep. Chip LaMarca but I have enlisted the assistance of Representative David Smith who was attempting to find us another prime cosponsor. The house bill number is HB 281. In the Senate the Senate bill SB 484 has once again been introduced by Sen. David Simmons and is cosponsored by Sen. Dennis Baxley and Sen. Joe Gruters. Sen. Gruters is concurrently the State Chairman of the Florida Republican Party. He will try again this session to get us past the Republican roadblock in the House. His influence in the House is limited as he is a Senator but he told me he will try.

During my communication with the office of Representative Hattersley and Sen. Simmons I endeavored to have both bills drafted with identical language. This is to get past one of the objections that was raised blocking our bill the last time. If you go to Florida House of Representatives page on the Internet you can look up both bills and examine them for yourselves. Starting this week I'm going to attempt to have the bill scored for its cost. Last session a cost analysis was done on the Senate bill but the one on the House bill was apparently not acceptable due to minor differences in the two items. We will try to avoid that problem as well this time.

This will be the last effort for this corrective legislation. Sen. Simmons is term limited this session and will not be returning. He has carried this bill for us three times. Representative Hattersley has informed me that he will be resigning from the state legislature and running for the United States Congress, he has carried this bill for us twice. I hope that those of you who find yourselves in the districts in which they are running stand up for them the way they have stood up for us. The same consideration should be given to anyone listed as a cosponsor. 

It would also be nice, for those of you are able, to call Sen. Simmons office at 407-262-7578 and Representative Hattersley at 813-657-7781 and thank them for their continuing support.

What I need from all of you now is that you begin to call your local Representative and State Senator and ask them to vote for our bills. We need to correct this now or it may never be corrected. The ball is in your court.

If you have any questions or need help on finding out who your legislator is you can call me at the numbers listed below. It is also my intention to hook up a separate line for inquiries. When it is connected I will relay that number.

Remember the session begins January 14, 2020   Not March so start helping ASAP.

Stay safe,

Jim Bomford B.A. MPA*

Washington D.C.  Legislative Representative

NYPD B/SI 10-13 PO Box 915911

Longwood Florida 32791-5911

Office 407 865 5999

Cell    321 262 3223

Fax 407 865 7867

 

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