Jamie Grant: “Florida’s Constitution shouldn’t be a ‘playground for politics.'”

by | Jan 29, 2020

The Florida Chamber, a business advocacy group responsible for protecting Florida’s Constitution from special interest groups, held its weekly web-based program featuring key figures from Florida’s political arena.

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Representative Jamie Grant appeared on the public affairs series to discuss the importance of protecting Floridians from harmful actors.

“A lot of people don’t realize you can actually propose to repeal the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and state constitution,” Grant said on the show. “The reality is, our Constitution shouldn’t be a playground for politics.”

Grant, a Republican who represents House District 64, sat down with Executive Vice President of Government and Public Relations David Hart to also discuss his bills and legislative agenda for the ongoing session. The Tampa native is sponsoring several bills this Legislative Session aimed at protecting consumers and putting the individual first.

One measure (HB 1), would require union members to be an annual membership with each member having to sign up each year. The bill seeks to protect individual workers, but opponents of the bill label Grant’s legislation as an attempt at “union-busting.”

Another bill (HB 7037) would expand the scope of the Florida Supreme Court, ensuring that a proposal doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. It would also provide more transparency for those voting on the initiative, and increase the signature threshold from 10 to 50 percent before an initiative gets a Supreme Court review.

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the ballot initiative.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on Tuesday approved the Senate version of the bill (SB 1794), sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson.


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