Florida Politics reports:
Democrats presented a united front, and even one Republican lawmaker cast a “no” vote Monday, but it still wasn’t enough to block a measure enabling businesses to sue local governments and halt enforcement of ordinances from heading to a full House vote.
The House State Affairs Committee voted 14-9 for the bill (HB 403) by Cape Coral Republican Rep. Mike Giallombardo, which would freeze any ordinance for 90 days if a filed lawsuit charges that its rules are “arbitrary or unreasonable.”
Upon being sued, governments that choose not to roll back the ordinance in question and lose the lawsuit would then have to cover up to $50,000 of a plaintiff’s legal fees, costs and related damages.
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From my first report on this bill.
“Local ordinances” would include city and county level LGBTQ protections. Florida is among the 22 states without full statewide LGBTQ protections.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Giallombardo [photo], has a trolling tweet from Elon Musk pinned to the top his feed.
In the video below, he serves as a warmup speaker at a Trump rally in his Florida district.
In a clip that’s available on YouTube only, he fires a handgun because he’ll “fight for you.”
Bill by @MikeGiallombar3 letting businesses sue to stop local ordinances heads to House floor
Reporting by @JesseSchecknerhttps://t.co/v0mc3vm6HH#FlaPol pic.twitter.com/6Aq1cTGFhu
— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) March 1, 2022