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  • District 3 Rep. Jayer Williamson April 2022 Newsletter

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    April 28, 2022
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    | APRIL 2022 |
    April Special Legislative Session Update
    Last week the Florida Legislature concluded a Special Session and passed several pieces of legislation, including SB2C, that established Florida’s 28 new Congressional Districts. The bill outlines the congressional districts for the qualification, nomination, and election of members to the U.S. House of Representatives in the primary and general elections held in 2022 and beyond. Based on the 2020 census, SB2C accounts for our increase in Congressional representation from 27 to 28 members.
    Anticipating that the map may be challenged in court, the bill also sets aside $1 million for the Department of State to defend legal challenges to the new districts. Additionally, a severability clause was added to ensure that the remaining districts will remain in effect if any district is deemed invalid by the court. For additional details, updates, or to view the new Congressional District maps, please visit FloridaRedistricting.gov.
    Governor DeSantis also expanded the scope of the Special Session agenda to include two additional measures covering Special Districts and Social Media Law Exemption.
    • SB4C dissolves six special districts around the state that were established before the ratification of the Florida Constitution on November 5, 1968. These districts tax the land and self-govern, which includes operating their fire protection, security services, utilities and planning. The bill is set to take effect on June 1, 2023. However, districts have the opportunity to negotiate with lawmakers to re-establish the district before the effective date.
    • The second measure added, SB6C, removes a theme park exemption included in a 2021 social media law that created state standards for social media companies. Specifically, SB7072 regulates censoring, de-platforming and content restricting and allows users to sue media companies for content moderation decisions. In July 2021, a federal court stayed its enforcement citing the theme park carve-out as one of the reasons the law was viewed as unconstitutional. Removing the carve-out through SB6C aims to preserve the 2021 law when it is heard on appeal on April 28.
    On Tues., Governor DeSantis signed a proclamation calling a second Special Session May 23-27, which aims to address the availability and affordability of property insurance for Florida policyholders.
    The official 2022 Legislative Session Highlights booklet was released last week. Compiled by the House Majority Office, this incredible resource provides topline outcomes of this past session! Click the button below to download your copy!
    Tuesday - May 3
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Tiger Point Community Center
    1370 Tiger Park Ln, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
    Thursday - May 19
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    UF IFAS Extension Okaloosa Co.
    3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL 32539
    Thursday - May 12
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    SRC Economic Development
    6491 Caroline St., #4, Milton, FL 32570
    Constituent Service Days are held in South Santa Rosa County on the first Tuesday of each month, in Central Santa Rosa on the second Thursday of the month and in North Okaloosa County on the third Thursday of each month.
    Appointments are not required for our Constituent Service Days and meetings are held on a first-come-first-served basis.
    For additional information about any of our Constituent Service Days, please email Ashley.Jeffrey@MyFloridaHouse.gov.
    Jayer Williamson, State Representative
    ashley.jeffrey@myfloridahouse.gov, (850) 995-3698