Florida Legislative Update


Florida motorcyclists interested in the progress of HB-1161 should note the bill received a favorable recommendation by a 17-2 vote in the House Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee on March 11.
House Bill 1161, sponsored by Representative Greg Evers (R-Baker), would provide criminal penalties for anyone who commits a moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to, or causes or contributes to the death of, a person operating or riding in a motor vehicle or operating or riding on a motorcycle.
The bill awaits action in the House Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee, the Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, and the Full Appropriations Council on General Government & Health Care.
 If you haven’t already contacted your reoresentative in support of HB-1161, use thee Find Your Legislators feature on the Florida Senate Website for his or her contact information (info transmitted by Rogue)

3 Responses to “Florida Legislative Update”

  1. 1 Rogue Mar 18th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    We are already getting messages that some legislators think that the portion of the bill requiring jail sentances for those killing someone is to harsh.
    My question to them is what is a life worth?
    They seem favorable to raising the fine to $1,000.00 though. Of course that is money that the State of Florida gets.
    Hopefully every concerned person will take the time to contact their legislator and let them know how they feel on this issue.
    Do not rely on organizations and or others to speak for you as they most likely will be expressing their thoughts and not yours.
    Thank You

  2. 2 rc Mar 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Status of the FLorida stiffer penalties bills hb1161 and sb968

    These bills are still in committees. As of yesterday they were not yet scheduled to be heard. Phone conversations w/ both committees indicate that it may be as much as two weeks before they are heard.

    Time is short. Call or e-mail the chairs of their current committees and and request they be placed on the agenda as soon as possible.

    HB1167 Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee chair Phone: (850) 488-3616
    SB968 Criminal Justice, Chair Senator Paula Dockery (850) 487-5040

  3. 3 Banshee Mar 18th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    .I have always said that if you kill someone wether it be on a motorcycle or in a cage, You as the responsible party should have to pay all funeral expenses and pay damages to the ones left behind. Paying the State a fine does not help the family put their loved one in the ground or put food on their table. Yea, I know, that is what civil court is for, but why should the state benefit even more from people murdering us on the roadways.

    Accidents happen, but if it is a chargable offense and someone dies, it should be treated like any other murder. Opps, I accidently pointed my gun at you and pulled the trigger. Now where do I pay my fine and walk away from the dead body? What do you mean that is different? Dead is Dead folks….. stand up and let your legislators, that enough is enough.

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