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New Proposed Bill Strengthens “Good Samaritan Law”

House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) has announced that she has filed House Bill 131 to encourage citizens to act when they see children, elderly persons, disabled adults, or pets trapped in hot vehicles. Specifically, Young’s legislation strengthens Florida’s “Good Samaritan Law” by making it clear … [Read More...]

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New Proposed Bill Strengthens “Good Samaritan Law”

House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) has announced that she has filed House Bill 131 to encourage citizens to act when they see children, elderly persons, disabled adults, or pets trapped in hot vehicles. Specifically, Young’s legislation strengthens Florida’s “Good Samaritan Law” by making it clear that a person who forcibly enters a motor vehicle to remove a child, elderly person, disabled adult or pet that they reasonably deem to be in imminent danger of suffering harm, cannot be held liable for damage that results from their actions.

“Florida has the second highest rate of child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the nation,” Young said. “The time has come to empower ordinary citizens to come forward and help prevent these senseless tragedies.” Young added that Florida’s elderly and disabled citizens are also at high risk of heatstroke when trapped in hot vehicles, but until now have not been specifically included in any state law extending Good Samaritan protection. “Florida’s elderly and disabled population continues to grow, and under this bill, in the horrific event that one of these individuals is trapped in a hot vehicle, a passerby can act without fearing retribution from the vehicle owner.” Young’s bill also provides protection for those that rescue pets from hot vehicles.

The temperature inside a vehicle can rise quickly and can reach 125 degrees within minutes. Children are especially susceptible to heatstroke, as their bodies do not regulate heat as well as adults and heat up 3-5 times faster. On average, 38 children die from vehicular heat stroke each year, totaling over 700 since 1991. In Florida, 23 children and elderly persons have died from vehicular heat stroke since 2010, including 4 that have died so far this year. Young hopes her bill will empower bystanders to spring into action and prevent further needless deaths from vehicular heatstroke.

Several states have passed laws protecting good Samaritans from rescuing children from hot cars, but Young’s bill appears to be to most comprehensive in the nation in extending the liability protection not only to rescuing children, but to rescuing elderly persons, disabled adults and pets

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Grayson wants Murphy to take Elizabeth Warren’s “People’s Pledge”

The latest exchange in the contentious Democratic primary for Senate between Congressman Alan Grayson and his colleague and opponent Patrick Murphy, involves a pledge taken by one of the country’s most popular Democratic Senators.

Grayson is calling on Murphy to take Elizabeth Warren’s “People’s Pledge” that would cap the money thrown into the race by outside parties at 50%. In an email to supporters Grayson says…

“So Patrick — I know you read my emails — for once in your life, do the right thing, and take the People’s Pledge. No matter who wins this primary, the people of Florida deserve a leader who is not shackled by Super PAC sewer money.”

The pledge would benefit the Grayson campaign, who has one of the largest small donor bases in the country.

The attacks between the two camps has been relentless this week with the two camps trying to paint each other as the “Wall Street” Candidate that is out of touch with the people. Murphy also came out in favor of the Iran Nuclear deal which has led to attacks from his Republican opponents as well

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Video: David Jolly slams Iran Nuclear Deal

Congressman and Candidate for Senate David Jolly released a web video on Wednesday afternoon slamming the Iran Nuclear deal supported by the White House that will go before Congress later this month.

“It’s very simple. The President’s agreement with Iran creates a pathway for a nuclear Iran. A nation that wishes to destroy us and Israel.” says Jolly in the 38 second spot.

This videos comes on the same day that Jolly was critical of one of his possible general election opponents for supporting the deal. Patrick Murphy announced earlier this week that his decision to support the proposal “was the tough decision he’s had in Congress.” Jolly’s Republican primary opponents including his fellow Congressman Ron DeSantis, and Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera also oppose the deal.

You can watch the video below…