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There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation.
We’ve seen it happen in the financial sector. The Dodd-
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has voted for the third time in the last decade to institute “net neutrality,” it’s fair to ask if we’re about to see it online.
State Rep. Paul Renner Newsletter | House District 24
Beware of Scammers Claiming to be Government Officials
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
"Consumers should always be wary of unsolicited phone calls or emails requesting financial or personal information," said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. "We've seen an increase in complaints related to government imposters, so I encourage consumers to follow our simple tips to help protect themselves or call our department at 1-
Consumers can help protect themselves from government scams by following these tips:
Be wary of anyone requiring payment by a method that's difficult to track, such as wire transfer, money order or by sending cash via an overnight courier. This is usually one of the first indications of a scam.
Do not give checking account number or social security number in response to solicitations from unknown individuals.
Confirm the identity of the person requesting information.
Be wary of unsolicited emails. Cyber criminals may use the names of government agencies or law firms and spoofed email or web addresses to add legitimacy to their scams.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state's clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department's purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency.
Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department's consumer protection and information hotline at 1-
State Rep. Paul Renner
Legislative Aide: Anna DeCerchio
Sr. Executive District Aide: Jennifer Lubi
Executive District Aide: Nikki Pontello
Dear Friends and Neighbors-
I want to provide you with a summary of this year's regular and special legislative sessions, during which we addressed many important issues facing our state and community. We provided tax relief for every Floridian, developed a plan to protect our natural resources, expanded opportunities for people with unique abilities, promoted incentives for those considering adoption, and reduced testing for students while increasing education funding to record levels. We accomplished all this while balancing our budget and adding to our reserve fund.
Specifically, we passed $428 million in broad-
Reduced the Communication Services Tax rate on cable and cellular phone service;
Exempted college textbooks and instructional materials from sales tax (one year);
Extended the "Back to School" sales tax holiday to 10 days, from August 7th-
Clarified that a membership in a gun club is not subject to sales tax; and,
Ensured our active military do not pay sales taxes on vehicles they or their spouse purchased overseas.
We approved significant funding to preserve our natural resources. Consistent with the voter-
In education, we continue to seek the right balance in school testing for our students. We want to preserve accountability and test to ensure students are making necessary progress, but not so much that we test at the expense of learning. In an effort to help children with unique abilities, we expanded the Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts program, which empowers parents to create a customized education plan that best meets the needs of their child. Our legislature also made education a priority by increasing funding to record levels.
We did all this while maintaining our fiscally responsible approach. As a result, Florida successfully funds critical government services while taxing Floridians at the lowest per capita rate of any state. Based on our commitment to set priorities and balance our budget, Florida is one of only 15 states with the highest possible AAA credit rating, and we continue to pay down debt while building our "rainy day" reserve fund. Today, Florida is attracting new businesses and is among the leading states in the country for job creation.
We advocated for specific health care reforms that empower patients and reduce costs so more people can afford quality care. I co-
n a personal note, I have declined eligibility to receive a state pension. I do not believe our Founders ever intended for public service to be a life-
I truly appreciate the special trust and confidence that our community has placed in me as your elected representative. If we can be of assistance to you in the future, please contact our office. Thank you.
Representative Paul Renner
House District 24
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House District 24 December 2015
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
With St. Augustine Mayor, Nancy Shaver, and Senator Travis Hutson at the St. Augustine Veterans Day Parade
Presenting HB 503 before the Civil Justice Committee
Speaking with Flagler Palm Coast High Students after presenting legislation to strengthen texting while driving laws.
At Flagler Beach's Veterans Day Celebration with Vietnam Veteran, Mickey.
Flagler Palm Coast High School and Future Problem Solving Program student Brielle Goldberg presents drowning prevention legislation during Flagler County's Delegation Meeting
I enjoy meeting with many organizations in Tallahassee. Here, I am with members from the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
Senator Huston and I receiving the Honor Roll Award from the Flagler Chamber of Commerce
A visit from Flagler/Volusia Chiropractic Society in Tallahassee
Thanks to the Flagler County Art League, District 24's office is looking spruced up! Come by and check out the beautifully done art work from local artists all around District 24. You may even find a piece to add to your personal collection.
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Dear Friends and Neighbors-
Committee weeks have drawn to an end and we are looking forward to the upcoming 2016 Regular Session. Before session begins, I want to provide you with a summary of legislation I have sponsored:
HB 503 -
This bill provides needed updates to Chapter 56, which governs proceedings supplementary. When a party to a lawsuit receives an award or judgment, Chapter 56 provides a method for the "judgment creditor" to collect from the party who lost, the "judgment debtor." The statutory changes in this bill create uniform procedures to recover assets improperly transferred by a judgment debtor to a third party while preserving the due process rights of that third party.
HB 517 -
Under current law, counties control the licensure process for basic and advanced life support services through the granting or denial of a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (COPCN). This bill would reform the licensure process by requiring counties to adopt an ordinance that sets forth their standards in the granting of a COPCN and requires a right to judicial review by allowing interested parties to appeal a county's denial of a COPCN.
HB 771 -
This bill amends the Drug-
HB 879 -
This bill reduces administrative duplication in the Department of Financial Services to promote the efficient and effective operation of the department and save money.
We will continue to update you regarding other legislation we are supporting and welcome your input. In the meantime, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!
Representative Paul Renner
House District 24
Year in Review
2015 was another great year for Florida:
Our state was a national leader in job creation, with the unemployment rate dropping to its lowest point in seven years and over 239,900 jobs created.
Over the past five years, our economy has added over 978,800 new private sector jobs.
We have experienced record tourism in 2015 with 79.1 million visitors vacationing through September, the highest of any nine month period in Florida history, and are on track to reach 100 million visitors by year's end.
Thanks to the hard work of our students, teachers, and parents, Florida's graduation rate reached an all-
Furthermore, our state's index crime rate is at a 44 year low, with juvenile arrests decreasing as well.
During the 2015 Legislative Session, we took steps to continue to make Florida the best state to live, work, and raise a family.
We passed a fiscally responsible, balanced budget for the 2015-
In 2015, the House once again stood strong in opposing Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. I believe the best way to expand health care coverage is by looking to free-
The House also took strong action to address Florida's water supply and quality challenges in a comprehensive manner.
The Legislature further strengthened Florida's K-
Additionally, the Legislature increased both economic and educational opportunities for individuals with unique abilities with the creation of the Florida ABLE program and the expansion of Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts.
In an effort to strengthen our families, the Legislature also worked to promote and improve adoptions in our state. We created an adoption incentive program to reward community based care agencies for achieving adoption performance standards and reinstated an employee benefit for state employees who adopt children. I believe stronger families lead to a stronger Florida.
As you can see, 2015 was a busy and productive year for Florida. Next year will bring another full legislative agenda with the start of the 2016 Legislative Session in January. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your voice in the Florida House. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of House District 24 to make our state an even greater place to live.
Federal: Joe Kubasky
Message from Congressman DeSantis
Subject: Report From Rep. Ron DeSantis.
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A couple of years ago, we welcomed the Commanding General of U.S. Southern Command to St. Augustine to give the keynote address at the annual Battle of Midway commemoration dinner. The address invoked the qualities of courage, duty, sacrifice and honor that not only marked the improbable triumph at Midway but also characterized the entire war effort. What made the address even more powerful was that the Southcom Commander knew full well the risks inherent in military service, as he was himself a gold star parent.
This week, the American people saw the same stoicism that was on display at the Battle of Midway dinner at the podium in the White House press room when the former Commanding General of Southcom, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, addressed the press corps.
The politicization of a condolence call that President Trump made to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson prompted General Kelly to rebuke opportunistic politicians and their media allies that fuel a perpetual outrage machine against the President. Kelly dedicated decades to serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and knows what its like to lose a son in combat, and his performance demonstrated just how shallow the D.C. political-
I was pleased to attend the Pets-
I have introduced legislation that will pair trained service dogs with veterans suffering from severe post-
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This Congress has revealed to the American people just how broken the U.S. Senate has become. While the House has passed a number of key bills -
As Congress begins to negotiate a major tax reform bill, we need the Senate and the House to work together to pass this long overdue overhaul of our tax code. Our tax code should encourage businesses to invest in the United States and allow middle class families to keep more of their hard-
If you were impacted by Hurricane Irma, you have until November 9 to register with FEMA for federal disaster aid. Start your application by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov. My staff is standing by to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding this process; call any of my offices or join my staff for mobile office hours this Thursday, October 26 in Deltona!
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Big Loss for Big Brother: Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Government on Mass Surveillance
Friday, May 08, 2015
On May 7, 2015, in a significant victory for Americans’ right to privacy and the rule of law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the case of ACLU v. Clapper, which challenged the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. While the plaintiffs raised various claims, the court ultimately ruled that the provision of law the government claimed enabled the mass surveillance program did not confer that authority. According to the court’s opinion, “the text of § 215 cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and … it does not authorize the telephone metadata program.” Your NRA had participated in the case by filing friend of the court briefs at different stages of the proceedings. We have also supported legislation to curtail the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of American citizens.
As described by the court’s opinion, the information captured under the program concerns “details about telephone calls, including, for example, the length of a call, the phone number from which the call was made, and the phone number called.” Additionally, “Metadata can … reveal the user or device making or receiving a call through unique ‘identity numbers’ associated with the equipment … and provide information about the routing of a call through the telephone network, which can sometimes … convey information about a caller’s general location.” Analysis of this information, even without listening to the content of the calls, can reveal detailed information about the parties to the call, including civil, political, or religious affiliations; social status and networks; and even possession of certain items.
The NRA argued in its briefs that NSA’s data collection program violates the First Amendment rights of NRA members by potentially chilling their willingness to communicate. It also asserted that the NSA program could be used to circumvent statutory protections barring the federal government from collecting gun ownership records. While the court did not resolve the case on those grounds, the breadth of opposition to the program from across the political and ideological spectrums likely underscored to the court the gravity and scope of the privacy violations at issue.
Since the litigation began, media reports – often citing accounts from whistleblowers formerly associated with U.S. intelligence agencies – have accused the federal government of far more intrusive practices against Americans who are under no suspicion of wrongdoing. This includes capturing and storing the actual content of digital communications (including cell phone calls and e-
One of the fundamental flaws behind most types of gun control is that it purports to punish “the bad guys” by focusing its restrictions primarily on the good guys. The same defect applies to the practice of capturing huge amount of information about Americans, their communications, and their activities on the off-
We will continue to report on further developments in this important, unfolding story. While Big Brother is indeed watching, NRA is committed to ensuring that your Second Amendment choices and activities remain shielded from his gaze
Obama Administration Violates Federal Court Order, Approves 2,000 More Amnesty Applications Despite Injunction
Posted: 08 May 2015 02:11 PM PDT
The Obama Administration has defied Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s injunction once again, this time approving an additional 2,000 amnesty applications for work permits.
Thursday, Obama’s lawyers admitted to Judge Hanen just before midnight that the Department of Homeland Security had violated the injunction by approving the applications despite the fact Hanen admonished the administration two months ago for failing to comply with his ruling.
This latest development comes as DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson continue attempting to reassure Congress that Obama’s amnesty program has halted and that the administration is in full compliance with the court order.
Obama’s lawyers stated to Judge Hanen that “The government sincerely regrets these circumstances” and they are taking immediate steps to remedy the situation.
“The last time I checked, injunctions are not mere suggestions. They are not optional,” the Iowa Republican said. “This disregard for the court’s action is unacceptable and disturbing, especially after Secretary Johnson’s assurances that his agency would honor the injunction.”
The Justice Department didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday, but Homeland Security officials said Mr. Johnson has asked his department’s inspector general to investigate what went wrong.
Judge Hanen had already been pondering whether to sanction the Justice Department lawyers after they admitted to misleading him — they said inadvertently — on more than 100,000 amnesty applications approved between the Nov. 20 date Mr. Obama announced the new program and the Feb. 16 date the judge issued his injunction.
Thursday’s filing, however, appears to be worse, since it breaks a direct injunction…
The lawyers also had to correct a previous number they’d given the court, when they’d said just 55 applications had been approved in the immediate aftermath of the injunction. The actual number, the lawyers admitted, was 72. They blamed “additional errors.”
Judge Hanen said he was surprised that the three-
What a complete and total crock…
What Obama Got Right and Wrong in the State of the Union
Katrina Trinko is managing editor of The Daily Signal and a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors.
Heritage Foundation experts weighed in on the policies President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union Tuesday night—and how they hurt or help America. Here are all their takes on the big issues.
Board of Education:
Subject: Fwd: Vote counts on Instructional materials bills
YES...HB989/SB1210 which then became what is known as a strike all bill by Senator Lee that aligned with Byron Donalds House bill 989 was passed as SC/HB989 PASSED.
Next stop Governor Scott's desk.
Interesting read and please note that you concerned parents, grand parents and concerned Florida citizens according to Bertin should have NO decision making part in the next generations education. She believes that Pearson the $4.5 BILLION provider of Eighty Percent of Common Core texts and online American Public School publishing should be in charge. Pearson is a multi national globalist corporation with it's primary stock listing on the LONDON Stock Exchange. Bertin needs to check up on her definition of Censorship because when Common Core was asked to be certified by very well known educational experts FIVE of them refused and had their names DELETED from the certification panel. Don't you love her style of "censorship". If you read up on James Milgram he says it is his opinion that four years of Common Core Math makes your ability to due math permanently impaired.
A quote from Dr. Milgram one of the foremost mathematicians..........” Dr. James Milgram of Stanford, who has been on the front lines of anti-
Professor Milgram also points out that we needn’t guess how this idiocy will work out. A similar experiment was tried in California twenty years ago, and it created lasting damage to the math education of California schoolchildren before it was halted and real standards were installed. But now the geniuses in charge of Common Core math have decided to see if something that failed in California will succeed in the rest of the country.
But Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, said parents and residents should not make decisions about what is taught in schools.
“'Balance' is a code word for 'censor,'" she said. "It means they don’t like what is being taught, and they want something else being taught.
Subject: Here is our story thanks Keith
Online : http://www.reuters.com/article/florida-
Florida lawmakers pass bill making it easier to challenge textbooks -
By Bernie Woodall
From: Keith Flaugh [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017 3:38 PM
To: Lee, Tom <LEE.TOM@flsenate.gov>
Good Afternoon Senator Lee:
Wow, this was a lot closer than we expected after the 9/0 and 16/0 committee votes. We still have not seen the individual votes so will be anxious to see them.
We just wanted to express our sincere thanks to you, Sarah and Pierce for all your hard work and leadership to make this happen.
It is always surprising to us how hard it is to get something like this, just focused on providing the highest quality instructional materials for our children and their future, through the legislative process. It has been a real learning process for our team. Sarah and Pierce deserve a gold star for their great patience coaching us thru the process.
Thank you again!! We look forward to Governor Scott signing it into law.
Keith and Rick on behalf of our whole FLCA team
Sequence: 27 The Florida Senate Date: 05/05/2017 Session Day: 60 2017 Regular Session Time: 12:23 PM Calendar Page: 7 CS/CS/HB 989 (CS/CS/SB 1210) Third Reading
Sequence: 175 The Florida House of Representatives Date: 04/20/2017 Session Day: 45 2017 Regular Session Time: 01:36 PM Calendar Page: Passage Third Reading
Education Bills -
Old Kings’ “Leader In Me” Program: Corporate Indoctrination Posing as Character Education. see the rest of the story here.
need a chairperson
Whats is happing in Palm Coast?