FL Legislature 2022

Redistricting panels weigh issues including concerns about Internet access and how to count inmates

BY: and - October 20, 2021

Democrats raised fresh concerns Wednesday during hearings on new district maps for Florida House and Senate and congressional seats, including how to count prison inmates, how closely to adhere to existing districts, and the late arrival of documents for review during the day’s meetings. Additionally, they continued to press for public hearings in local communities […]

For decades, only two women have been FL Senate presidents; Sen. Passidomo will be the third

BY: - October 20, 2021

The portraits of previous Florida Senate presidents hang on the wall in the Senate gallery, showcasing the overwhelming number of males who have held those leadership roles. Going back decades, only two women have been Senate presidents in the Florida Legislature. But Tuesday, the Florida Senate designated its next president as Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a […]

Democrats propose lifting veil of secrecy on preliminary redistricting plans

BY: - October 19, 2021

Legislative Democrats have proposed repealing public-records exemptions that shield deliberations over the drawing of new state House and Senate and congressional district boundaries. The legislation from Rep. Joseph Geller, representing parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and Sen. Annette Taddeo, of Miami-Dade, comes as the Legislature gets down to work on redrawing district lined in […]

A cashless society: Lawmakers in FL want to protect residents’ rights to pay via cash at businesses

BY: - October 13, 2021

A cornerstone of society is the freedom to pay for products and services through a variety of payment methods, from cash and coins to credit and debit cards. And as technology evolves, digital payment options also have become popular, such as Apple and Google Pay using smartphones and online platforms through PayPal. That said, concerns […]

Top Democrat on FL House redistricting panel calls for public hearings; no response from GOP chair

BY: - October 12, 2021

The top-ranking Democrat on the Florida House Redistricting Committee on Tuesday again called for public hearings to receive citizen comments about their future voting districts, and again he was left with no such commitment from the Republican chairman. Broward-Dade Rep. Joe Geller, a veteran member of the House of Representatives, told Redistricting Chairman Tom Leek, […]

House Democrat on redistricting: ‘I’m certain there’s going to be lawsuits’

BY: - October 11, 2021

A leading legislative Democrat warned Monday that redrawing boundaries for state House, Senate, and congressional districts could drag out for years, if history is any guide. During a Zoom call with reporters, Evan Jenne, a co-leader of his party’s caucus from Broward County, noted that legal challenges to the redistricting that followed the 2010 Census […]