Corcoran hammers Senate on ‘sanctuary’ cities

Watchdog PAC, House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s political committee — expected to help an anticipated run by the Land O’ Lakes Republican for governor in 2018 — is also a tool for pushing the Senate.

In a video sponsored by the political committee posted online Friday, Corcoran called on the Senate to pass a bill — up in the House on Tuesday — to crack down on “sanctuary” cities.

“It’s a national disgrace. It needs to stop,” Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican, says in the video. “I led the fight to pass a bill to punish sanctuary cities, restrict their funds, and require law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities.

“It was called the ‘Rule of Law Adherence Act.’ Now we need to get the Senate to pass it.”

The House proposal (HB 9) goes before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning. The appearance is the only stop for the bill, sponsored by House Public Integrity & Ethics Chairman Larry Metz.

The 21-page measure, in part, would bar local governments from having sanctuary policies, and would impose fines of up to $5,000 a day fines for each day a sanctuary policy was in effect. The legislation also directs law enforcement to support federal officials on immigration laws.

A similar measure in the Senate (SB 308) by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, has been assigned to the Judiciary and Rules committees.

During the 2017 session earlier this year, the House approved a bill (HB 697) aimed at ensuring local governments support immigration-enforcement efforts. The Senate never head a similar measure.

By Jim Turner.