With the news that Broward County will be reopening this week, Rep. Chip LaMarca (R-Lighthouse Point), whose district encompasses eastern Broward County and who previously served as a county commissioner, released the following statement: [Read more…] about Rep. Chip LaMarca Statement on Broward County Economy Reopening
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Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) explains that since March 2020 there has been an increase in drownings since the stay-at-home order was placed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. [Read more…] about Rep. Chip LaMarca Offers 3 Tips for Safe Swimming & Pool Use, Citing Increased Drowning Cases During Pandemic
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement regarding today’s news from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and their continued inaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The recommendations today by the NCAA are about protecting their pockets, not about student athletes. All we continue to hear are excuses from this multi-billion dollar, not-for-profit. Now they are shifting the blame for their deliberate inaction to the states that have passed meaningful legislation to protect students’ right to earn a living. It is absurd and shows they care more about protecting TV and apparel deals than they do about these young women and men who have worked their entire lives for this opportunity.
“The NCAA has blocked students from earning a living like their peers for far too long. When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs SB 646, Florida’s collegiate athletes will be liberated from these restrictions. But, every student athlete across the 50 states should be able to earn from their talent. If the third largest state can do it, then so can this collegiate organization. With a global pandemic challenging our economy, now more than ever students must have the flexibility to continue their education and provide for themselves and their families.
“As we watch these talented young people perform, many would be horrified to know that upwards of 19% of them are suffering from homelessness and 24%* are struggling with food insecurity. This picture does not reflect the utopian vision that the NCAA would have you believe exists in college sports today.”
The recommendations today included backtracking on group licensing, which would be allowed under SB 646. Another recommendation from the NCAA includes potentially regulating sneaker and apparel companies from entering into third-party advertising agreements with collegiate athletes.
LaMarca further commented, “The ability for individuals to group their commercial value together is a fundamental right of personal image rights. Their proposals reek of protectionism.”
*Study from the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University published on SI.com (04/21/20).
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R-Lighthouse Point) had the following statement on the MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam plans for docking in Port Everglades. [Read more…] about Rep. Chip LaMarca statement on MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam docking in Port Everglades
Rep. Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement after a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday morning in Miami Gardens. Gov. DeSantis has been quoted saying that he thinks it would be a mistake to bring more sick people into south Florida, especially to Broward given what we are dealing with right now. [Read more…] about Florida State Rep. Chip LaMarca: Broward County Commission Must Stop Holland America from Docking at Port Everglades
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement regarding Governor Ron DeSantis most recent executive orders regarding property tax and sales tax extensions with Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #20-52-DOR-01 and #20-52-DOR-002. [Read more…] about Florida Governor Extends Department of Revenue Property Tax Payment Due Date from March 31 to April 15
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement with Ramogi Huma, President of the National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA), and Darren Heitner of Heitner Legal: [Read more…] about Florida State Rep. Chip LaMarca and National Collegiate Players Association Statement on Trevor Lawrence Incident
With the news that a Holland America cruise ship carrying 42 sick crew members and passengers may dock at Port Everglades, Rep. Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) urged those organizations in Unified Command (Port Everglades, Broward County Commission, Broward Sheriff’s Office, United States Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health) to prevent the ship from docking in Broward County. [Read more…] about Florida State Rep. Chip LaMarca Statement on Possible Holland America Entrance to Port Everglades
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement on the passage of the Collegiate Athlete Bill of Rights (Senate Bill 646). [Read more…] about Rep. Chip LaMarca: Big Win for Collegiate Athletes in Florida
Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca (R – Lighthouse Point) released the following statement regarding the Florida House holding their position on the need for health insurance provisions to protect the whole collegiate athlete. [Read more…] about Rep. Chip LaMarca Statement on Collegiate Athlete Access to Health Coverage