The ACLU of Florida has just issued a report entitled, “Protecting the Rights of Floridians in the Rick Scott Era: A Two-Year Report on Combatting Assaults by the Legislature and the Administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Civil Liberties,” which illustrates the work the ACLU and other organizations have undertaken to defend civil rights in Florida over the last two years.
“In order to defend the rights of Floridians from their own state government, the ACLU of Florida was involved in nine lawsuits challenging Gov. Scott’s policies and legislative attacks on civil liberties[.]”
Among the issues listed in the report were:
- the right to vote,
- the right to be free from unreasonable searches,
- religious freedom and the separation of church and state,
- women’s rights and reproductive freedom,
- an independent judiciary, and
- freedom of speech.
The report was released at the halfway point of Governor Rick Scott’s term and before the new session of the Florida legislature gets under way.
“With the 2012 elections behind us and the 2014 gubernatorial election already effectively begun, it appears that the Governor is attempting to moderate his views to make them palatable,” said ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon.
“But no public relations campaign can paper over the picture described in our report,” continued Simon, “that for the last two years, whether it has been the right to vote, freedom from unreasonable searches by government officials, women’s rights, the protection of personal privacy, religious freedom or freedom of speech, the ACLU has had to protect Floridians from a wide-ranging assault on their rights by their own Legislature and Governor.”
Download the report. (PDF)