The following information supports the legislative update provided at the May meeting of OCREC.
I would first like to bring your attention to House bill HR30, the “Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022.” HR350 calls on executive level agencies to investigate the domestic terrorism threat posed by “white supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration” of federal, state, and police agencies and the military.” Since Democrats use these terms to describe anyone who oppose them, it is easy to see how these targeted investigations can be weaponized. Freedomworks says HR 350 “provides no new legal authorities. It only creates new offices and requires them to provide reports… Even if you think domestic terrorism is as large a problem as the Democrats claim that it is, this bill does nothing to solve it”
Yesterday Republican Senator, Ron Johnson, tried to bring a vote up for the Luke & Alex School Safety Act. Senator Johnson has worked on this bill for three years with Tom Hoyer and Max Schachter who are two fathers of children slain during the Parkland Massacre. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, blocked the vote from consideration unless HR30 was passed by the senate.
Next, I would like to bring your attention home to Florida. We had a great turn out for the 2000 Mules movie and many more viewed the movie on your own. Florida Senate Bill 524 addressed many of the movie’s concerns. This “Election Administration” bill (it doesn’t have a clever name) was signed by Governor DeSantis in April, but it was quickly shot down by an Obama appointed judge claiming it was somehow racist. (Do you see how this ties together now?) This month, a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with attorneys for the state, county elections supervisors and national Republican organizations, who asked for a stay of the ruling by a panel of judges this month, pending appeal.
Part of the law deals with the unsecured drop boxes which are the focus of the movie. The Florida law replaces the phrase ballot “drop boxes” with the term “Secure Ballot Intake Stations.” The name change is more than semantics. These intake stations are secure. They are only available during early voting official hours at locations designated as early voting sites. There will be no 3AM ballot mule dumps in Florida. When they are available, the stations must be monitored, in person, by county Supervisor of elections staff. Further, the stations must be emptied daily and all of the received ballots must be delivered to the Supervisor’s main office. Failure to do so could result in the Supervisor receiving a $25,000 fine.
Florida is serious about Election Integrity. Senate Bill 524 demonstrates that.