Eric Giunta
Florida Democrat lawmakers could get five years in prison for lying about residence
FacebookTwitterGoogle+
By Eric Giunta
July 6, 2013


Almost a half-dozen Democratic state legislators from South Florida are being accused of not residing in the districts they represent. The offense is not only politically unpopular, it could get them impeached, and even land them in prison for up to five years.

What are the allegations?

A recent investigative news report by Miami's Local 10 News uncovered evidence that Sen. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach, an attorney, maintains a permanent home in Boca Raton while claiming to "reside" in Fort Lauderdale, which is within her district.

And that's not all. Saint Petersblog reports:

"House Minority Leader Perry Thurston claims to live with a convicted felon in a small, rundown Lauderhill home, rather than with his wife and family in their longtime two-story home in an upscale Plantation neighborhood. Rep. Joe Gibbons, who represents Hallandale Beach, appears to live in Jacksonville with his wife and family while renting out a small condo in his House district. Then there's state Rep. Jared Moskowitz who won a seat in a Coral Springs district and did so by renting an apartment a few miles away from his Parkland Golf and Country Club estate, where his wife continues to live. And as it turns out – so does he. Rep. Hazelle Rogers, the same. She rents a condo in her district, a few miles from where she actually lives."

What laws are these legislators supposedly violating?

The Florida Constitution explicitly requires that "[e]ach legislator shall be . . . a[] resident of the district from which elected," and Section 104.011 of the Florida Statutes makes it a third-degree felony to "swear[] or affirm[] falsely to any oath or affirmation ... in connection with or arising out of voting or elections."

When filing to run for office, every would-be legislator swears an oath that he is "qualified under the Constitution and the Laws of Florida to hold the office to which [he] desire[s] to be nominated or elected," and if elected must additionally swear that he is "duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state". . . .

Catch the rest of the story at Sunshine State News!

© Eric Giunta

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

 

Stephen Stone
'The fervent prayer of the righteous'

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Utah Dems try to scare voters away from Trump and House hopeful Burgess Owens with imaginary threat of 'renewed nuclear testing'

Selwyn Duke
Is this the real reason they’ve been hidin’ Biden before the debate?

Cliff Kincaid
Save us from the perverts, liars, and globalists

Jerry Newcombe
The threat of court packing

Michael Bresciani
Will Americans risk their future on a failed ideology and a corrupt career politician?

Laurie Roth
Trump and conservatives will take back the White House, Senate, and House

Desmond McGrath
Liberty’s twilight

Larry Klayman
Regardless of election result, we must wage a 2nd revolution!

Victor Sharpe
Has a free press, basis of American democracy for 250 years, disappeared?

Tom DeWeese
After election day, are you prepared to fight for your home?

Judie Brown
Hope alive in 2020

Linda Goudsmit
Remembering Martha Mitchell

Cliff Kincaid
Are there enough Christians to save America?
  More columns

Cartoons


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons

RSS feeds

News:
Columns:

Columnists

Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Jamie Freeze Baird
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites