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2018 ACLU of Florida
LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

 
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The ACLU of Florida Legislative Scorecard evaluates votes on key legislation affecting civil rights and civil liberties. We score how well their votes align with ACLU positions and values.


House Bill Summaries


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ANTI-REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

Banning Second Trimester Abortion: HB 1429 (2018)

Status: Passed the House; not heard in Senate

Legislative Overview
Bans the safest and most common method of second trimester abortions.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed because it unconstitutionally burdens a woman’s right to access safe and legal reproductive health services.


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ANTI-REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

Increasing Liability for Doctors who Perform Safe and Legal Abortions: HB 19 (2017)

Status: Passed two House committees; not heard in Senate

Legislative Overview
Creates a separate legal cause of action against abortion providers and subjects them to liability for emotional distress damages for 10 years after the doctor performed a safe and legal abortion.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed because it would create financial and legal disincentives for doctors to provide abortions and thus would burden a woman’s ability to access reproductive health care.


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Encouraging the Use of Civil Citations in lieu of Arrests and Requires Data Collection: HB 1197/SB 1392 (2018)

Status: Passed House and Senate; signed into law.

Legislative Overview
Encourages the use of adult citations, requires juvenile civil citation programs to be established in each circuit, and requires sweeping criminal justice data collection.

ACLU of Florida Position = YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported as an important criminal justice reform to reduce arrests for minor offenses and to collect important data that can be used toward evidence-based reforms in the future.


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Increasing Monetary Threshold for Felony Theft: HB 693/SB 1102 (2017)

Status: Passed in House; died in final Senate Committee

Legislative Overview
Increases monetary threshold for charge of felony theft from current $300 to $1500, which is more consistent with surrounding state felony thresholds.

ACLU of Florida Position = YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported because current threshold results in a felony conviction, and the collateral consequences of a felony record, for theft of something valued at $300.  In comparison, surrounding states have felony thresholds of over $1500. Texas’ felony threshold is $2,500. Florida’s threshold has not been raised since 1986.


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LGBTQ RIGHTS

Prohibiting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Individuals: HB 347 (2018)

Status: This bill was not heard in any committee and thus no votes were taken; “Yes” in the scorecard indicates sponsors/cosponsors of the bill.

Legislative Overview
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

ACLU of Florida Position = YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported this bill as it would have prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.


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LGBTQ RIGHTS

Prohibiting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Individuals: HB 623 (2017)

Status: This bill was not heard in any committee and thus no votes were taken; “Yes” in the scorecard indicates sponsors/cosponsors of the bill.

Legislative Overview
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

ACLU of Florida Position = YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported this bill as it would have prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.


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ANTI-IMMIGRATION

Anti-Immigrant: Banning Sanctuary Policies; Requiring ICE Enforcement: HB 9 (2018)

Status:  Passed House; not heard in Senate

Legislative Overview: Requires local law enforcement to enforce ICE detainer requests and penalizes state and local entities for exercising their judgment and discretion to utilize resources to enhance community safety. 

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE; The ACLU of Florida opposed because it requires local law enforcement to detain individuals without a judicial determination of probable cause that they committed a criminal offense and harms immigrant communities.


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ANTI-IMMIGRATION

Anti-Immigrant: Banning Sanctuary Policies; Requiring ICE Enforcement: HB 697 (2017)

Status:  Passed House; no votes in Senate

Legislative Overview
Requires local law enforcement to enforce ICE detainer requests and penalizes state and local entities for exercising their judgment and discretion to utilize resources to enhance community safety. 

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
The ACLU of Florida opposed because it requires local law enforcement to detain individuals without a judicial determination of probable cause that they committed a criminal offense and harms immigrant communities.


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ANTI-FREE SPEECH

Chilling Speech and Protests on College Campuses: HB 909 (2018)

Status: Passed three committees, no floor House vote on HB 909; but language of HB 909 was ultimately inserted into comprehensive education package (SB 4) that passed House and Senate.

Legislative Overview
Creates a separate cause against universities for students protesting a speaker they disagree with and eliminates free-speech zones on campus.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
The ACLU of Florida opposed because it creates liability and a financial incentive for universities to chill student protests and speech on college campuses.


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CHURCH & STATE

Religious Proselytizing/Teaching in Schools: HB 303 (2017)

Status: Passed House and Senate, signed into law

Legislative Overview
Allows teachers to advocate their religious beliefs in the classroom and in class materials and assignments.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed because it allows religious proselytizing/teaching in public schools and opens the door to further marginalizing religious minorities. 



florida Representatives scorecards

Click on a representative’s name below to view their record on recent civil rights and civil liberties issues.

 

Senate Bill Summaries


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Encouraging the Use of Civil Citations in Lieu of Arrests and Requiring Data Collection - SB 1392 (2018)

Status: Passed Senate and House; signed into law

Legislative Overview
Encourages the use of adult civil citations in lieu of arrests; requires juvenile civil citation programs to be established in each circuit; and requires sweeping criminal justice data collection.

ACLU of Florida Position: YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported as an important criminal justice reform to reduce arrests for minor offenses and to collect important data that can be used toward evidence-based reforms in the future.


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LGBTQ RIGHTS

Prohibiting LGBTQ Discrimination: SB 66 (2018)

Status: This bill was not heard in any committee and thus no votes were taken; “Yes” in the scorecard indicates sponsors/cosponsors of the bill.

Legislative Overview
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

ACLU of Florida Position = YES/SUPPORT
ACLU of Florida supported this bill as it would have prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.


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ANTI-IMMIGRATION

Increasing Penalties for Undocumented Immigrants: SB 120 (2017)

Status: Passed 2 out of 3 Senate committees; passed 2 out of 3 House committees; was not heard in final committees and withdrawn from consideration.

Legislative Overview
Increases criminal penalties for offenses committed by undocumented immigrants.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed this bill because it would have required harsher sentences and longer prison time for individuals based on their immigration status.


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ANTI-FREE SPEECH

Chilling Speech and Protests on College Campuses: SB 1234 (2018)

Status: Passed first Senate committee, voted down in second committee and then a motion for reconsideration was successfully made and the bill was temporarily postponed; offending bill language was ultimately inserted into comprehensive education package bill (SB 4), which passed in the Senate and House, and was signed into law.

Legislative Overview
Creates a separate cause of action against universities for students protesting a speaker they disagree with.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed this bill because it creates liability and a financial incentive for universities to chill student protests and speech on college campuses.


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CHURCH & STATE

Religious Proselytizing/Teaching in Schools: SB 436 (2017)

Status: Passed House and Senate, signed into law

Legislative Overview
Allows teachers to advocate their religious beliefs in the classroom and in class materials and assignments.

ACLU of Florida Position = NO/OPPOSE
ACLU of Florida opposed because it allows religious proselytizing/teaching in public schools and opens the door to further marginalizing religious minorities.



Methodology


Purpose: 

This legislative scorecard is intended to be used as a resource to assist voters in working with their elected officials and to educate the public on whether their legislators have voted in favor or against various bills impacting civil rights and liberties. It is not an endorsement of a candidate in a partisan election or designed to advance any one legislator or candidate over another. The ACLU is non-partisan and does not endorse or financially support any candidate for elected office..

Our hope is that this scorecard will help you better understand your legislator’s civil rights and civil liberties voting record.

Method:

The legislative scorecard consists of ten bills for the House and five bills for the Senate that were core issues to the ACLU of Florida’s lobbying work during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions in Tallahassee. All ACLU positions on the specific issues in this scorecard were made clear to legislators either through written or oral testimony, lobbying efforts, or through the media. Note that not all legislators had the opportunity to vote on each bill, and that the percentage reflects the legislator’s consistency with ACLU positions on the bills the legislator had the opportunity to vote on.  Some legislators, depending on their committee assignments, may have had the opportunity to vote on several of our priority bills. For other legislators, they may only have had the opportunity to vote on a few of our issues. Where feasible, the scorecard includes votes taken in regular session of the House or Senate (Floor votes) on the bills.  Where the bills were heard only in committees, the committee votes are reflected in the scorecard.

Scoring:

The percentage score reflects the number of identified civil liberties bills where the legislator voted consistent with the ACLU position (or sponsored/cosponsored a bill consistent with the ACLU position) as compared to the total number of ACLU priority bills in the scorecard that the legislator voted on. For example, if the legislator only had the opportunity to vote on four (4) ACLU priority bills and voted consistent with the ACLU on two (2) of these bills, the percentage score would be calculated as 50%.  If the legislator had the opportunity to vote on five (5) of our priority bills and voted consistently with the ACLU’s position on each, the percentage score would be 100%. 

The bills identified in the scorecard, where feasible, reflect the ACLU’s priority legislative areas – criminal justice reform, free speech (First Amendment), immigration, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive rights. There are more bills scored in the House than in the Senate because the House heard more bills in our priority areas than the Senate. The chambers voted on different measures for a variety of political and procedural reasons, and thus some of the bills scored in the House and Senate are the same, some are not.

The columns and calculated percentages reflect bill sponsorship/co-sponsorship, as well as the actual vote the legislator took in floor or committee votes.  A “Yes” indicates that the legislator either sponsored/co-sponsored the bill or voted “Yes” in favor it.  A “No” indicates that the legislator voted “No” on the bill. Empty cells indicate the legislator did not vote on or sponsor/cosponsor the bill and are not calculated in the scored percentage. Additionally, bill sponsorship/co-sponsorship is indicated by an “*”.

The ACLU position on the bill, or how we wanted the legislators to vote, appears in bold in a row below the column header with issue/bill title.  The ACLU score appearing in the far-right column under “ACLU %” reflects the number of times a legislator voted with the ACLU’s position: if every time, then 100%; if never, then 0%. For ease of reference, the green shaded cells in the scorecard indicate that the legislator voted consistent with the ACLU position.