- Category: RLC FL News
- Published on 27 February 2009
- Written by Philip Blumel
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The RLC will be adding its voice to the growing nationwide chorus calling for respect for the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when the group lands in Tallahassee for its annual Day at the Capitol grassroots lobbying effort, March 17-18.
Also atop the agenda is a the continuing push for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) style spending restraint to keep state and local governments under the people's control. For more info on TABOR, see this report by the Tallahassee-based James Madison Institute.
RLCers who arrive to Tallahassee early enough on Tuesday, March 17, are invited to have lunch with former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, chair of FreedomWorks.
Again this year, the event is being organized by RLCer and political consultant John Hallman, director of the Florida Taxpayers Union, who will be setting up the appointments with dozens of legislators and securing discounted accommodations in Tallahassee.
Past year's lobbying efforts have led to tangible results, including a meaningful state remedy to the Kelo decision and also the successful defense of Florida's legislative term limits law. This is the third year pushing the TPA, or TABOR, and each year the issue has advanced further. Last year a TABOR measure failed to make the ballot by just a vote or two.
Other issues on the table for discussion with legislators include anti-card check legislation being introduced this year, reforming Gov. Charlie Crist's disastrous insurance reform and property tax reform.
As part of the trip, RLCers will be participating in a big Tea Party stimulus and bailout protest at the Capitol on March 17 at 4:30 p.m. Answering CNBC's Rick Santelli's call for a new Boston Tea Party, FreedomWorks has been organizing these protests across the country and invited the RLC to participate.
Accommodations are available at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 3210 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, 32303, (850) 562-4300. Rooms are reserved for the evening of March 17 under the name of the Florida Taxpayers Union (John Hallman) for $44.95 each. To RSVP or more info, call event organizer John Hallman at (561) 715-7203.