Legislative Session 2012
Feb 29, 2012
New organization raising funds for ‘sound financial footing’
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – One state representative has advice for Florida Baptist pastors regarding their public policy voice in Tallahassee – financially support Bill Bunkley now before risking the loss of religious liberty later in the absence of his work there.
“Don’t wait until they come to arrest you for preaching biblical truth,” Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said Feb. 28.
Feb 6, 2012
School prayer, pro-life, trafficking other bills reviewed by Bunkley
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW)—As the Legislature moves towards its half-way point in the 60-day session, a controversial bill to permit three “destination resort” casinos appears to be dead after failing to get a vote in a House committee Feb. 3.
Meanwhile, Bill Bunkley, president of Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, surveyed other legislation pending before the Legislature in a Feb. 3 interview with Florida Baptist Witness.
Jan 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) – Although glamorous destination resort casinos have been the focus of the Legislature for months, legislation addressing so-called “storefront casinos” took center stage in the second week of the session – and may be a chip used in negotiations later in the session, according to Florida Baptist lobbyist Bill Bunkley.
Meanwhile, bills relating to abortion, human trafficking and assisted-living facilities are at various stages of consideration.
Jan 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—Setting up a potential clash with the House, a Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would regulate Internet cafés—and rebuffed a proposed ban on the hundreds of businesses that critics compare to "storefront casinos.''
Jan 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) -- Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday showed his hand in the debate over Internet cafés, calling the gambling hybrids "illegal" and saying they should be shut down.
Jan 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) -- With critics likening them to storefront casinos, a House panel Tuesday approved a proposal to ban Internet cafés that have opened in shopping centers across the state in recent years.
Jan 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an opinion Thursday that will lead to the state rejecting proposals for slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities outside Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Jan 12, 2012
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) -- A key House panel listened to arguments Wednesday about a proposal to allow resort casinos in Florida, but it remained unclear whether the traditionally gambling-resistant House will move forward with the idea.
Jan 11, 2012
Progress cited in establishing new organization
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Although Bill Bunkley will be tracking as many as 500 bills during the new legislative session, killing a bill allowing “mega casinos” in Florida will be his “number one priority,” he told Florida Baptist Witness surveying legislation to be considered during the 60-day session that began Jan. 10.
Bunkley also provided an update on the new organization he and Florida Baptist pastors are starting, Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to support his work in Tallahassee.
Jan 10, 2012
Bunkley calls legislation ‘legacy bill’
TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—With lobbyists jamming the room and lawmakers making last-minute changes, a Senate committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow up to three resort casinos in Florida.
The bill, SB 710, also would allow slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities throughout the state – subject to voter approval – and would regulate strip-mall Internet cafes. A limited number of pari-mutuel facilities might end up being able to offer casino-style games such as craps, black jack and baccarat.