HORSESLAUGHTER -- PASSED -- Makes butchering a horse, selling its meat or purchasing its meat a third-degree felony, punishable by a $3,500 fine and a year in jail. (SB 765)ABATE of Florida couldn't get a fine increase for running over and slaughtering "Bikers"? Maybe we need to get the Horse people to lobby for bikers. Hey I got a real novel idea! How about if BIkers get off there ass and be as mean as horse people!
RED LIGHT CAMERAS -- PASSED -- Allows local governments to install red-light cameras at intersections and issue a $158 civil fine, plus court costs. Another bill that would have prohibited local governments from installing red-light cameras failed. (HB 325)If any law illustrates the corrupt, spineless, weak kneed, status of the Florida legislators it is this one. But then again it is also probably the one that made the greatest number of dollars flow under the table. Where did it flow to we wonder.
Here's the gig. Florida state law and the Florida states attorney said red light cameras were against the law. Municipalities seeing a cash cow, "and" a way to violate the constitution and seize property illegally told the state "screw off" we are using them anyway. The state kept saying, Au contraire amigo's it's against the law. The municipalities just said louder, screw you we are going to do it anyway. So the state said, o.k. you when, since we don't want to prosecute you for violating the law we will just do away with the law.
And all the little piggies jumped with glee as they dreamed of money and confiscated houses and cars and how many other ways they will be able to rape the citizenry by violating another law anad telling the state to screw off again!
TEACHER TENURE -- VETOED -- Teachers would have had to have their evaluations based in part on student test scores and administrators would be able to more easily fire teachers with weak evaluations. (SB6)Whoa, dudes, like we totally understand this one man, like don't take any action that would increase the future electorates abilities to like understand the issues man, hey, surfs up..............
LOTTERY -- PASSED -- The Lottery can rent another 250 scratch-off vending machines. (HB 5001)
PARIMUTUEL WAGERING -- SIGNED INTO LAW -- Horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties get a 15 percent reduction in their tax rate, remain open longer hours and expand poker limits. (SB 622)
SEMINOLE INDIAN COMPACT -- SIGNED INTO LAW -- Gives the Seminole Tribe of Florida the exclusive right to operate three kinds of banked card games at five of its tribal casinos and Las Vegas style slot machines at all seven of its casinos in exchange for at least $1 billion over the next five years and more over 20 years. (SB 622)YO everybody, blackjack at my house Friday night! What? That might be against the law?
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT -- PASSED -- Provides $218 million in tax incentives over three years for film productions, manufacturers and the space industry. Dozens of smaller incentives are also included. (SB 1752)Way good, I like space, but unless of course we can figure out this speed of light gig probably ain't none of us gonna get from one rock to the next. I could really like a few more government observatories looking for things like rouge asteroids or meteors, instead of relying on amateurs. Primarily cause I think we probably don't want to get taken out before we figure out this speed of light gig.
Film industry even better. Packing my bags now to get a guest shot on CSI:Miami. Even going to supply my own sunglasses.
LAWSUIT LIMITS -- SIGNED INTO LAW -- Increases the total in monetary damages a victim can recover from government agencies from $100,000 to $200,000. (SB 2060)Why am I thinking that no stupid government bureaucrat is going to lose a cent but the taxpayers will.
Why did they leave out the right to sue legislators over failure to do due diligence. Better yet why didn't they just write in the right to sue legislators for being sleazy slime balls?
PILL MILLS -- PASSED -- Implements tough rules on pain clinics by giving the state the power to close clinics and discipline doctors. (SB 2272)Do we detect a pattern here? Government playing doctor? Hmmmm.........
TEXTING-WHILE DRIVING -- FAILED -- Makes texting while driving a secondary traffic offense punishable by a $30 fine, or $60 on a second offense. (SB 448)Charge somebody $30.00 for putting lives at risk????? Oh no we can't do that can we? Of course not, the wireless industry would cut off our cash flow if we did that. Let me see, how many people on cell phones are driving? How much per minute does that add up to? How many legislators does that buy?
BONGS -- PASSED -- Prohibits stores from selling glass pipes, water pipes and other drug paraphernalia. An exception is made if less than 25 percent of the store's sales come from drug paraphernalia. (SB 366)???????????????????????????????????????????????????HELLOOOOOO?????????????????????
I need help understanding this one? It's against the law to sell drug paraphernalia unless less than 25% of your sales come from selling paraphernalia. In that case it's perfectly legal to sell drug paraphernalia???? O.K. it's illegal if I'm a good Drug paraphernalia seller, but it's legal if I don't sell drug paraphernalia none to good? O.K. I think I understand now.
And this one we saved for last cause I know I will catch hell for this. I just know I will. The christian Right will come out of the woodwork for sure. But we just can't help marveling at the insanity of it all.
This session Florida legislators passed a bill that would, "Require women seeking an abortion in the first trimester to pay for an ultrasound exam and view the live image unless they can prove they are victims of rape, incest or domestic abuse".O.k. so how does this work? We are guessing that the purpose of making a woman who wants an abortion do an ultrasound and view the live image is designed to dissuade her from killing her "unborn child". Because killing is wrong, it is against the law and it is a sin. Unless of course the lady is a victim of rape, incest or domestic abuse? Then it's o.k. to kill, right?
But lets take this to the extreme. Lets engage in an exaggeration to illustrate a point. And yes this will probably drive some to want to kill somebody. You know like the Christians that kill abortion clinic workers. But if the aim of "forcing" an "unwilling" lady to view a live sonogram of her unborn child is to "prevent" the loss of life, follow me now cause I know you will scream, why did the legislators also not pass a cell phone bill that would prevent the loss of even more lives than abortion takes????
Is that like cruel and unusual punishment for someone who has not committed a crime? Is that not hypocrisy? Is that not pandering to your base to get a vote having nothing to do with morality?
"Ya see here Rocco, ya gots ta look at the big picture Rocco. Dem boys up dere in da capital ya see,
well they ain't nothin but a bunch a mugs like you and me see. Ya know what I mean. Worse even, they be like easy marks ya know. So what were gonna do see, is were gonna call in da boys from chi town see and take over this place see. It's wide open man, wide open............"
Well it would be better than movie dumb and dumber. But the movie was funny. That fact that "We the People of the State of Florida allow this is tragedy. Ain't a damn thing funny about it!Add to Technorati Favorites