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  • State Rep. Scott Plakon (FL) 9:01 am on October 1, 2012 Permalink |
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    Florida to vote on epic Religious Freedom Amendment

    Bill: HJR 1471 (Amendment 8 )

    Sponsored by Rep. Scott Plakon but defeated in the Nov. 6, 2012 election, HJR 1471 is a legislatively referred ballot amendment to lift Florida’s ban on public funding for religious organizations. With language that overturns the anti-religion Blaine Amendment and opens the door to school vouchers, Florida’s Religious Freedom Amendment 8 is a constitutional amendment that allows individuals to use public funds at a religious provider. Amendment 8 reads as follows: “Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding, or other support, except as required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

    Also: “Florida Religious Freedom, Amendment 8 (2012)”

    “Florida Amendment 8 fuels hot debate over religious liberty, school choice, Blaine prejudice”

    “Florida ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment to lead to school vouchers, aid to church charities”

    “Bondi uses new law to put measure back on ballot; would allow taxes to go to religious institutions”

  • State Rep. Scott Plakon (FL) 3:06 pm on December 21, 2011 Permalink |
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    Floridians to vote on Health Care Freedom Amendment in 2012:

    Bill: CS/SJR 2 (Amendment 1)

    Originally introduced as CS/CS/HJR1 by Rep. Scott Plakon (and substituted with CS/SJR2 by Mike Haridopolos in the Senate), CS/SJR 2 (Amendment 1) proposes an amendment to the Florida State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permits a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permits a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempts persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibits laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service.

    Also: “Florida Health Care, Amendment 1 (2012)”

    “House puts health care measure on Florida ballot”

  • State Rep. Scott Plakon (FL) 6:29 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink |
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    FL citizens to ban ObamaCare in November:

    Bill: HJR37 [Blocked by Florida Supreme Court]

    Amend State Constitution to preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care: (1) A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system. (2) A person or employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and shall not be required to pay penalties or fines for accepting direct payment from a person or employer forlawful health care services.

    Also: Healthcare Freedom Act passes FL House and Senate – Citizens to decide fate of ObamaCare in Nov 2010 election

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