Picture Summary – FFPC Pro-Family Days at the Capitol March 13-14 in Tallahassee
Three members of the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee traveled to Tallahassee Monday and Tuesday to attend the Florida Family Policy Council Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days at the Capitol. The very well-planned event with record attendance this year began at the Tucker Civic Center and included information and training sessions Monday afternoon on pending pro-life and pro-family bills.
The Keynote Speaker for the Third Annual Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days dinner Monday evening was Kellie Fiedorek, Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. Kellie’s keynote speech entitled “The Attack on Religious Liberty and How We Can Respond” received a standing ovation. The special Guest Speaker was Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist and owner of Arlene’s Flowers, who has been sued by the Attorney General of Washington State and stands to lose her business, her home, and life savings for simply standing for her religious beliefs. Her personal story of injustice in Washington state also received a standing ovation!
Special Guest Speaker Charlene Cothran followed Barronelle Stutzman and also addressed the group. She shared her own very moving personal testimony and received another standing ovation. (See Charlene’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/charlene.cothran).
The evening concluded with several receiving the coveted Champion of the Family Awards from the FFPC including our own Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia. Several remarked that it was one of the better dinners they had ever attended.
The Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning included speeches by Governor Rick Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Speaker of the Florida House Richard Corcoran, Senator Greg Steube, Representative Kim Daniels, Representative Jamie Grant and prayers for each of our state leaders by Bill Bunkley and others (https://www.ferlc.org/who-we-are/) . Several members of the Legislature including our own Senator Denise Grimsley received the coveted Champions of the Family Awards from the Florida Family Policy Council.
The day also included the opportunity to attend key Senate and House committee hearings and scheduled meetings with the attendees’ legislators from their districts. Our Highlands County delegation met with Senator Denise Grimsley immediately after the Prayer Breakfast and then attended a House Careers & Competition Subcommittee meeting. We also attended an Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee meeting with Representative Ben Albritton (R-District 56) and had opportunity to meet with him briefly after the meeting. We then had an excellent afternoon meeting with Representative Cary Pigman (R – District 55) and his new Legislative Assistant Brandon Miller in Representative Pigman’s office. Concerns were shared about the single worst piece of pending legislation, the intentionally misnamed “Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act” , HB623 and SB666. It was a bill similar to this that the Washington State Attorney General used to sue Barronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers, her small florist shop. https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/02/16/washington-supreme-court-punishes-barronelle-stutzman.-what-now#