FLORIDA  DISABILITY 

 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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