State Representative Ritch Workman, who was endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus in his initial campaign for State House in 2008, is working to eliminate stupid laws from Florida’s books. Workman, of Melbourne, is on a mission to obliterate illegalities buried in state law — like smoking clove cigarettes, coasting down hills in neutral, and unmarried couples living in cohabitation or “open adultery” — even if he doesn’t believe in them.
The second-term legislator’s repeal run started in November when House Speaker Dean Cannon told him he wanted to leave office with fewer laws on the books than when he started. Then Gov. Rick Scott made reducing state regulations a top priority, according to The Miami Herald.
Workman, a 37-year-old mortgage broker, asked the local Republican Liberty Caucus (of Central East Florida) to mine the Florida Statutes — five books and an index — for targets. He whittled down the group’s suggestions to seven bills and also gave away a few to colleagues.
(Photo at left: Steve Lindsley, Secretary of the Central East Florida RLC, has been working with State Rep. Ritch Workman to on the repeal effort. Steve is pictured with Gov. Gary Johnson in the photo at left.)
With Republicans holding vast majorities in the House and Senate in Tallahassee and with a liberty-friendly Governor, it’s a good bet there will be fewer Florida statutes on the books at the end of the legislative session.