In recent years, lobbyist John Hallman has represented liberty-oriented organizations including the Florida Taxpayers Union, Cut Property Taxes Now, and the Florida Campaign for Liberty.
Beginning with the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee, Fla., Hallman will serve as representative for the Libertarian Party of Florida. Please click on the provided hyperlinks for additional political principles and campaign donation information for each organization.
The Tampa Bay Libertarian Examiner had the opportunity to interview John Hallman this week, during which time he thoroughly discussed all of the proposed legislation of interest to Libertarians and liberty-leaning voters across the state of Florida.
This legislation includes the Affordable Health Care Act, Campaign Finance Reform, the Real ID Act, Red-Light Cameras, Agenda 21, and the “Stand Your Ground” law. Hallman defines and describes each of these six vital pieces of legislation as follows.
Affordable Health Care Act
The biggest issue expected to be discussed in this legislative session will be Florida’s implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”
Each state will be required to establish health exchanges to create a market run by private insurers. The state of Florida will be required to subsidize a portion of the funding, which is expected to be very expensive for every state.
In addition to funds needed to subsidize Obamacare, Florida also must pay for the expansion of Medicaid. The Affordable Health Care Act raised the poverty threshold for individuals and families to qualify for Medicaid, which will cost the state even more money to implement.
Campaign Finance Reform
The topic of campaign finance reform will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session. The legislative bodies want to eliminate “Superpacs.”
These are outside political groups often established by individual candidates to further fund their legislative campaigns in amounts above the threshold established by state statutes. The proposed reforms would close the loophole created by the establishment of Superpacs.
Real ID Act
Legislation will be proposed in the upcoming legislative session to either repeal the Real ID Act, or substantially reform the legislation to reduce the substantial burdens now necessary to undergo to obtain or renew a driver’s license—which should be a simple and inexpensive task for all Floridians.
Liberty lobbyists John Hallman and Paul Henry will take on both American Traffic Solutions and local government Lobbyists who will pour into Tallahassee ahead of the upcoming proposal to invalidate the law legalizing the placement of these devices throughout Florida.
Anti-camera activists will provide data proving these cameras do nothing to enhance the safety of drivers in the state, and in many cases actually increase the threats for accidents at monitored intersections.
Meanwhile, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) will attempt to counteract the facts presented by anti-camera lobbyists with its own manipulated data created with the assistance of law enforcement, municipalities, and counties throughout the state that have grown dependent on the revenue brought in by these constitutionally questionable devices.
Anti-camera officeholders contend that these devices take away a Floridian’s right to due process, as there is no ability to contest the tickets in court without risking the suspension or revoking of one’s driver’s license.
When legislation failed in the 2012 Legislative Session to invalidate the state law implementing the installation of the devices throughout Florida, opponents requested simple amendments that would have lengthened the yellow-light cycles at the monitored intersections.
Even though the longer yellow-light period would actually reduce the threats for accidents, the amendments were voted down due to the “fiscal impacts” to the cities and counties relying on the funds to pay for pet projects in their areas.
Agenda 21 is a proposal created at the 1992 Earth Summit by a radical environmental movement to allow the government to buy rural lands to “manage the environment.” This would force local citizens into cities and urban areas where dwellings would be smaller to reduce the impact of homeowners on the environment.
Because many of these proposed developments do not provide parking for cars, residents would be forced to rely on public transportation. This portion of the agreement was produced to limit “greenhouse gas emissions” from automobiles.
One of the biggest constitutional threats from Agenda 21 is the lack of eminent domain protection for homeowners. Recently in Miami, homeowners were forced out of their homes by the government for the restoration of wetlands.
Not only were the residents not compensated for their losses, they also had to personally pay for the restoration process on the land they once owned.
Stand Your Ground Law
After the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman last February in Sanford, Fla., there has been an outcry from gun-control reactionaries that “something must be done” in order to prevent a similar incident from occurring again within the state of Florida.
Hallman expects pressure from gun-control advocates to invalidate the law. However, while repealing the legislation is deemed unlikely, anti-gun crusaders could “water down” the law to the point victims are no longer allowed to use this self-defense protection in criminal cases where the prosecution argues for murder, attempted murder, or other similar charges against the victim.