Another year in Florida means another wave of clearly unconstitutional attempts to crack down on brown people. State legislators this month began filing their first bills of the 2018 session, and North Florida state Sen. Greg Steube, a man who simply cannot stop himself from filing insane laws designed to hurt people, has already begun
This past August 23, Steube filed a bill that would make it a third-degree felony to enter the state of Florida if you've been deported from the country in the past. Violators could be subject to five to ten years in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Steube proposed a nearly identical bill last year, which failed largely because there's already a federal
In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court was forced to remind state legislators that the Supremacy Clause
New Times has asked Steube repeatedly why he's been
The Sarasota Republican proposed so many
Steube wanted to let citizens carry guns in airports (and then doubled down on his idea after a gunman shot innocent people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport). He sponsored a bill to make abortion illegal in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy. He wanted to ratchet up felonies for
Given the sheer number of bad ideas Steube has proposed, it makes sense that a few of them passed: He imposed new mandatory-minimum prison sentences to ensure that more heroin addicts go to prison instead of getting treatment, made it easier to claim you were "standing your ground" in Florida if you kill someone, and let any parents of public school kids object to any science they don't like in their kids' textbooks. Someone needs to stop this man.
Of course nobody will stop him, because Steube is from a nightmarishly conservative district and his views make rich people really, really happy. Earlier this year, Americans for Prosperity Florida (AFP), a group run by the Koch brothers, released a voting "scorecard" that tallied how often Florida lawmakers vote in line with the Kochs' deeply libertarian viewpoints. AFP gave 50 legislators an A+ for voting in step with the group 100 percent of the time.
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