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Request for Investigation against Member of Florida House of Representative Randy Fine under House Rule 15 Ethics and Code of Conduct of the Members

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May 25, 2021

 

Representative Erin Grall 

Chair of the Public Integrity & Elections Committee

Florida House of Representatives

317 The Capitol

402 South Monroe Street 

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

 

Re: Request for Investigation against Member of Florida House of Representative Randy Fine under House Rule 15 Ethics and Code of Conduct of the Members

Chairwoman Grall:

The South Florida Muslim Federation and the undersigning organizations respectfully request an investigation by the House Public Integrity and Elections Committee on violations of the House Rule 15 by the Member of Florida House of Representative Randy Fine in his role of inciting hate and violence against members of the Palestinian community in several Facebook posts referring to the Palestinians as “animals'', asking to blow them up, and instigating violence against protestors while using his Official Facebook Account. 

We request the Chair to conduct the investigation to avoid any appearance of impropriety that could undermine public confidence and trust in our legislative institutions as per House Rules, "Legislative office is a trust to be performed with integrity in the public interest. A member is respectful of the confidence placed in the member by the other members and by the people. By personal example and by admonition to colleagues whose behavior may threaten the honor of the lawmaking body, the member shall watchfully guard the responsibility of office and the responsibilities and duties placed on the member by the House."

Background 

Across the United States, mosques are vandalized, local government officials denounce Islam, and state legislatures debate anti-Muslim laws. Such anti-Muslim activities have increased markedly since late 2015. Florida is ranked number 4th by the New America project in the number of anti-Muslim activities. (https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/anti-muslim-activity/)

It is also very evident that people in leadership or elected offices can instigate violence against a community or individual. House Rules 15.2. Also clearly states that, “The Integrity of the House A member shall respect and comply with the law and shall perform at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and independence of the House and of the Legislature. Each member shall perform at all times in a manner that promotes a professional environment in the House, which shall be free from unlawful employment discrimination.”

* See Screenshots Attached of Representative Randy Fine’s Facebook Page

We the undersigned believe that Representative Randy Fine has violated the House Rules and this should be investigated and proper action should be taken against him.  



Sincerely, 

Samir Kakli 

President, Executive Committee South Florida Muslim Federation

 

*The following FL Muslim Organizations of Florida are additional signatories:

CAIR-Florida 

ICNA Council for Social Justice

EMGAGE

 

CC: 

 

Speaker Chris Sprowls, 

Speaker of the House

Florida House of Representative 

420 The Capitol

402 South Monroe Street 

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 

 

Governor Ron Desantis

Office of the Governor State of Florida

The Capitol

400 S. Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

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