Tuesday, July 20, 2010

67 Representatives Stand Against Florida Voters, With Big Oil

This afternoon, the Florida Legislature convened in a special session called by Governor Charlie Crist to consider the passage of a joint resolution that would have allowed voters to revise the Florida Constitution to prevent the exploration, drilling, extraction and production of oil in our coastal waters. 

Background: After receiving hundreds of hand written letters and phone calls from our supporters and supporters of our coalition with Crude Awakening and other Florida organizations, Governor Crist officially called a special session on behalf of the citizens of the state, intended to last 4 days in order to allow debate on the issue of near beach drilling.

Our official opinion is that Governor Crist called this session on behalf of Florida voters. After all, the overwhelming public outcry we have generated (and that has generated itself in light of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf) was what prompted the special session.

We feel that the Florida Legislature wasted taxpayer time, money, and effort on political grandstanding, making the issue about the governor when it was really about the voters' right to decide what is best for us and our beaches. Their attempt to punish the governor for internal partisan issues took precedence over their duty to represent the will of their constituents. Because of them, Big Oil has claimed yet another victory in the state of Florida.

One of the "Representatives" who voted against the citizens of Florida is incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon of Winter Park, who claimed they were trying to protect the Florida Constitution from being amended by Governor Crist, who left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent.

In reality, the amendment would have protected Florida from Representative Cannon.

In 2009, Cannon helped pass a bill through the House overturning the state law that bans drilling in state waters. Fortunately, the bill was stopped by the Senate, which was more considerate of the potential damage to the state's $65 billion tourism economy from offshore drilling. Without a Constitutional ban on near beach drilling, Representatives like Cannon will continue to introduce bills like this until they ultimately win.

We have compiled here a list of each Florida Representative that voted to kill the special session, and to deny the citizens of Florida a voice on the issue of near beach drilling this November. We ask that our supporters call, write and email them to express your disgust for their actions today. More importantly, we are asking that you all do everything in your power to help vote these men and women who stood against the people of Florida out of office.

Adams, Sandra "Sandy"R33Parts of Orange, Seminole, Volusia
Adkins, Janet H.R12Baker, Nassau, Union and parts of Bradford, Clay, Duval
Aubuchon, GaryR74Parts of Charlotte, Lee
Bembry, Leonard L.D10Hamilton, Madison, Taylor and parts of Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Levy, Wakulla
Bogdanoff, Ellyn SetnorR91Parts of Broward, Palm Beach
Bovo, Jr., Esteban L.R110Part of Miami-Dade
Burgin, Rachel V.R56Part of Hillsborough
Cannon, DeanR35Part of Orange
Coley, MartiR7Calhoun, Liberty and parts of Bay, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton
Cretul, LarryR22Parts of Alachua, Levy, Marion
Crisafulli, SteveR32Parts of Brevard, Orange
Culp, Faye B.R57Part of Hillsborough
Domino, Carl J.R83Part of Palm Beach
Dorworth, ChrisR34Parts of Orange, Seminole
Drake, BradR5Holmes, Washington and parts of Jackson, Okaloosa, Walton
Eisnaugle, EricR40Part of Orange
Evers, GregR1Parts of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
Ford, ClayR3Parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa
Fresen, ErikR111Part of Miami-Dade
Frishe, James C. "Jim"R54Part of Pinellas
Gaetz, MattR4Parts of Okaloosa, Santa Rosa
Galvano, BillR68Parts of Hillsborough, Manatee
Glorioso, Richard "Rich"R62Parts of Hillsborough, Pasco
Gonzalez, Eduardo "Eddy"R102Parts of Broward, Miami-Dade
Grady, TomR76Part of Collier
Grimsley, DeniseR77Glades, Hendry and parts of Collier, Highlands
Hasner, AdamR87Part of Broward, Palm Beach
Hays, D. AlanR25Parts of Lake, Seminole, Volusia
Holder, DougR70Part of Sarasota
Hooper, EdR50Part of Pinellas
Horner, MikeR79Parts of Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Polk
Hudson, MattR101Parts of Broward, Collier
Hukill, Dorothy L.R28Part of Volusia
Kelly, KurtR24Part of Marion
Kreegel, PaigeR72DeSoto and parts of Charlotte, Lee
Legg, JohnR46Part of Pasco
Lopez-Cantera, CarlosR113Part of Miami-Dade
Mayfield, DebbieR80Parts of Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie
McBurney, CharlesR16Part of Duval
McKeel, SethR63Parts of Hillsborough, Polk
Murzin, DaveR2Part of Escambia
Nehr, PeterR48Parts of Pasco, Pinellas
O'Toole, H. MarleneR42Parts of Lake, Marion, Sumter
Patronis, JimmyR6Gulf and parts of Bay, Franklin
Patterson, PatR26Parts of Flagler, Volusia
Plakon, ScottR37Parts of Orange, Seminole
Poppell, RalphR29Parts of Brevard, Indian River
Precourt, Stephen L.R41Parts of Lake, Orange, Osceola
Proctor, William L. "Bill"R20Parts of Clay, Flagler, St. Johns
Ray, LakeR17Part of Duval
Reagan, RonR67Parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota
Renuart, Ronald "Doc"R18Parts of Duval, St. Johns
Rivera, DavidR112Parts of Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade
Roberson, Kenneth L. "Ken"R71Parts of Charlotte, Lee, Sarasota
Schenck, Robert C. "Rob"R44Parts of Hernando, Pasco, Sumter
Schultz, RonR43Citrus and parts of Hernando, Levy
Snyder, William D.R82Parts of Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie
Stargel, KelliR64Part of Polk
Thompson, Nicholas R. "Nick"R73Part of Lee
Tobia, JohnR31Part of Brevard
Troutman, Baxter G.R66Hardee and parts of Highlands, Polk
Van Zant, Charles E.R21Putnam and parts of Bradford, Clay, Lake, Marion, Volusia
Weatherford, Will W.R61Parts of Hillsborough, Pasco
Weinstein, Michael B. "Mike"R19Parts of Clay, Duval, St. Johns
Williams, Trudi K.R75Parts of Collier, Lee
Wood, JohnR65Part of Polk
Workman, RitchR30Part of Brevard


Anonymous said...


July 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM
Anonymous said...

What is with Bembry?
The lone Democrat to vote against our rights

July 20, 2010 at 10:36 PM
Unknown said...

I helped with the phone calling for Crude Awakening and Hands Across the Capital and was told by a very nice woman in Nehr's office (Tarpon Springs) that he would only be in Tally for the day and none of the staff would be traveling with him because the memo from Speaker Cretul pretty much said "Don't plan to be here long".

July 20, 2010 at 11:30 PM
Anonymous said...


July 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM
TMWillingham said...

Here's a complete list, with direct email addresses, of the representatives voting down our voices: http://drop.io/xgypqvk

And a list of those supporting the special session: http://drop.io/fxph01t

The date's incorrect on the first file, but all the addresses should be good. Using the direct addresses allows copying more than one representative at a time, and circumvents the blocky one by one online form approach necessitated by the Florida Legislature site.


July 22, 2010 at 6:18 PM
Judson Parker said...

Thanks for the links! I will spread these to the Facebook group as well.

July 22, 2010 at 10:19 PM
TMWillingham said...

Seven came back to me as incorrect - at least one due to a misspelling (William Proctor, Stephen Precourt, Ray Lake, Kenneth Roberson, Nicholas Thompson, John Tobia,Michael Weinstein). Sorry about that! I'll try to post a corrected list tomorrow, unless someone else comes back with the proper addresses before then.

July 22, 2010 at 10:41 PM
TMWillingham said...

Corrected addresses:
Sandra Adams: Sandy.Adams@myfloridahouse.gov
Rich Glorioso: Rich.Glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov
Eduardo Gonzalez :Eddy.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov
William Proctor : Bill.Proctor@myfloridahouse.gov
Stephen Precourt: Steve.Precourt@myfloridahouse.gov
Lake Ray: Lake.Ray@myfloridahouse.gov
Kenneth Roberson: Ken.Roberson@myfloridahouse.gov
Nicholas Thompson: Nick.Thompson@myfloridahouse.gov
John Tobia: John.Tobia@myfloridahouse.gov
Michael Weinstein: Mike.Weinstein@myfloridahouse.gov

And Project Vote Smart has the most comprehensive updated info on Legislators (and anything else Florida politics) around: http://www.votesmart.org/official_state.php?state_id=FL

July 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM
Amanda Meredith said...

Thanks for the email updates. Hopefully everyone will be sending these "representatives" an email.

July 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Unknown said...

Great list, and thanks for compiling it. Shared with all my friends on Facebook. Fight big oil and help Florida's biofuels industry! www.americanbiofuelsnow.com and sign the petition!
thanks, Chris

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