A Texas roofer tried to help Floridians recover from Hurricane Ian. Then he was arrested because he didn’t have a Florida contractor’s license

A Texas roofer was arrested in Florida for repairing homes without a license in what critics are calling an egregious case of no good deed going unpunished.

Terence Duque, the owner of Duque Roofing, was arrested last Friday for conducting business without a Florida license, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said.

Duque is a licensed contractor in Texas. His business was founded in 2008 and is a Platinum Preferred Contractor of the national roofing supply company Owens Corning. He and other Duque Roofing employees traveled to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian believing that Gov. Ron DeSantis had permitted out-of-state contractors to conduct business in Florida to speed up recovery efforts.

The company has previously assisted with hurricane relief and its website says that employees provide tarps, food, and water for those impacted by severe storms. Posts on social media show that Duque Roofing held a BBQ on Oct. 9 with the help of Miami-Dade County police.

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New Laws Could Force Cyclists to Get Licence Plates and Follow Speed Limits

Under newly proposed regulations, cyclists in the UK may soon be forced to comply with speed limits and required to have license plates or some other way to identify themselves at all times.

The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that we should not “turn a blind eye” to cyclists who break road laws, speed and “bust red lights” and “get away with it” https://t.co/DJm8iCmMgA

— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 17, 2022

According to media reports, the government is planning to conduct a review of the legislation governing bike riding in the country. Some people believe that cyclists should be subject to the same laws as automobiles.

The review will also examine whether or not bicycles should be required to have insurance in order to utilize public roadways.

With the rules that are now in place for automobiles, drivers are responsible for any bumps on the road they have and required to carry full insurance in order to drive on public roads.

Cyclists, on the other hand, are not subject to this responsibility.

Conservative MP Grant Shapps, who is also Secretary of State for Transport, has said that he backs changes to the laws to make cyclists more accountable.

“Somewhere where cyclists are actually not breaking the law is when they speed, and that cannot be right, so I absolutely propose extending speed limit restrictions to cyclists,” Shapps said.

“I don’t want to stop people from getting on their bike, it’s a fantastic way to travel, and we’ve seen a big explosion of cycling during Covid and since,” he continued.

“But I see no reason why cyclists should break the road laws and be able to get away with it.”

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Officials Demand Mom Pay Them $5,000 for the Privilege of Selling Homemade Cookies

In the land of the free, attempting to earn money in certain professions without first paying the state for the privilege of doing so can and will get you kidnapped and extorted. These laws are applied to children behind lemonade stands as well as adults selling flowers. The state callously and with extreme prejudice has been documented arresting people, or even beating up women to enforce these licensing laws. As the following case illustrates, even mom’s trying to have a bake sale to raise money for their children’s college fund will be subject to the government’s tyranny.

Recently, the state of New Jersey passed an ordinance that allows folks to sell their home-baked goods for commercial purposes. For $100, citizens of New Jersey can obtain a permit to sell their cookies with a yearly gross income maximum of $50,000. This permit is good for two years.

While this price may seem steep to sell cookies from your home, Maria Winter, a fourth grade teacher in Somerville, just found out that $100 is just the beginning.

When Winter applied for a home-baked license in the city of Somerville, she was told that she had to shell out $5,000 — to sell cookies for her son’s college fund.

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Illegal Aliens Will Now be Able to Obtain Driver’s Licenses in Massachusetts

Illegal alien residents of Massachusetts will soon have the ability to obtain driver’s licenses. Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, recently vetoed a bill that would have done just that, but both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature voted to override the veto.

The law, titled the Work and Family Mobility Act, will go into effect on July 1, 2023. As of that date, illegal alien residents of Massachusetts will have to pass both a written and road test before obtaining a license.

Governor Baker explained that he vetoed the bill over concerns of illegal aliens voting in elections. In a statement explaining his veto, Baker also expressed concern over the burden it would place on state motor vehicle workers to verify foreign documents. “The RMV does not have the expertise or ability to verify the validity of many types of documents from other countries,” Baker said.

Baker’s concerns were ultimately overruled by overwhelming margins in each chamber. The deep blue state’s House voted 119-36 and the Senate 32-8 to override Baker, according to The Epoch Times.

In addition to overwhelming support in the state legislature, the bill secured the backing of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police and a majority of the state’s sheriffs and district attorneys. Supporters of the bill claim that allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses will make roads safer for all Americans.

Massachusetts state Senator John Keenan, a Democrat, said he is hoping the move will lead to a nationwide movement, The Epoch Times reported. 16 states already issue driver’s licenses to illegal alien residents, including California, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia and Utah among others.

While immigration activists have pushed the measures for over a decade, the movement has gained significant traction over the last three years. Illegal alien residents have staged multiple demonstrations demanding the right to obtain a driver’s license over that time period.

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Proposed California bill threatens to revoke doctors’ licenses for contradicting state messaging

In California, work is underway by lawmakers described by some as “Orwellian” to push two new Covid bills – one that would deal with “misinformation” around the epidemic and the virus coming from doctors, and another whose goal is to promote censorship by internet platforms.

Critics say that the motive behind the Senate Bill 1018 and Assembly Bill 2098, introduced by two Democrats, is to prevent doctors from speaking freely, whether about Covid treatment or on issues directly affecting their patients.

We obtained a copy of the bill for you here.

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ATF Shuts Down Gunmaker After Suit By Anti-Gun Group

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) revoked a Nevada firearm manufacturer’s license following litigation from an anti-gun organization and two states challenging the agency’s decision to reinstate the gunmaker’s license, multiple outlets reported.

“ATF hereby reports that, on March 24, 2022, it sent JA Industries a notice of revocation of its firearms license,” a March 30 letter from the ATF said. The letter came after a lawsuit brought by the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and the state of Illinois as well as Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group partly founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors, challenged the ATF’s decision to grant a license to JA Industries, USA Today reported

The company, originally known as Jimenez Arms, made affordable handguns until filing for bankruptcy in 2020 on the heels of a lawsuit in which Kansas City claimed it was a public nuisance due to its alleged contribution to firearms trafficking, Newsweek reported. It later reincorporated as JA Industries and was reissued its license by the ATF.

Everytown then followed up with a 2021 lawsuit against the ATF over its decision to grant the license to JA Industries, claiming that due to its alleged violations of the Gun Control Act, the gunmaker was ineligible to be licensed.

“I think this is an undisputed important step toward shutting down a manufacturer that flouted federal law and facilitated gun trafficking,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, told USA Today. “It shouldn’t have taken three lawsuits to get ATF to do its job. I can only hope this marks a beginning of a new era at ATF where it starts to serve as a watchdog of the American people rather than a lapdog to the gun industry.”

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