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FL House has yet to take action on ‘vile’ social media posts from a lawmaker

BY: - November 22, 2021

In mid-August, an official complaint was filed in the Florida House of Representatives against a Republican lawmaker, for “hateful” and “atrocious” social media comments directed to Palestinians and Muslims. Civil rights advocates filing the complaint say the House’ Public Integrity and Elections Committee still hasn’t addressed the issue involving state Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican […]

Dems fail to block public-records language in DeSantis’ vaccine-mandate legislation

BY: - November 17, 2021

The only drama during Florida House debate on Day 3 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session on COVID vaccine policy was whether Democrats would hang together to block a public-records exemption attached to the package. They did not. That measure, HB 3B, which would shield personal information about medical histories and religious views of workers […]

An emotional FL firefighter paramedic pushes back against COVID-19 vaccine requirements

BY: - November 16, 2021

Several anti-vaccine activists and an emotional first responder offered testimony against COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers at a legislative meeting in the Florida Senate, claiming that forced vaccines threaten personal freedoms. Wendy Williams, a firefighter paramedic in Orange County, told state lawmakers from the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that she and other first responders […]

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Progressive report card for lawmakers: Dems mostly got A’s and B’s; Republicans got F’s in key issues

BY: - June 29, 2021

A mixture of Democrats in the Florida Legislature gleaned high marks — mostly A’s and B’s —  on issues affecting Floridians, from transgender rights and police reform, to protecting the right to protest, according to a new “report card” released Tuesday from progressive organizations. Overall, 34 Democrats in both the House and the Senate got […]

Race for Charlie Crist’s U.S. seat intensifies with State Rep. Michele Rayner confirming candidacy

BY: - June 14, 2021

Michele Rayner, a civil rights attorney and Democratic state lawmaker who could become one of the first openly queer Black women to serve in Congress, announced Monday that she is running to fill the U.S. House seat held by U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. Rayner, who recently won a seat in the Florida House of Representative […]

Rally against gambling expansion at state Capitol: ‘Keep Florida family friendly. No Casinos!’

BY: and - May 18, 2021

Carrying signs saying “No More Casinos!” and “This is All Unconstitutional!,” about 100 Floridians trekked to the state Capitol Tuesday to protest a multi-billion dollar gambling compact that is coming close to fruition in the Legislature. “We have concerns that this is sidestepping what the voters voted on with Amendment 3,” said Joey McKinnon, who […]

Ocoee massacre of 1920: College scholarships and a feature film in recognition of Black history in FL

BY: - May 5, 2021

More than 100 years ago, a two-day riot took place in the small town of Ocoee in Orange County, where Blacks were killed and forced to flee their homes for daring to exercise their right to vote. During the 2021 legislative session, raising awareness of Black history and culture in Florida was a priority for […]

‘It’s to protect the industry; it’s not to protect public health’: Health groups urge DeSantis to block vaping bill

BY: - May 5, 2021

Tackling the youth tobacco epidemic is a top priority for health groups hoping to prevent addiction and diseases associated with tobacco use among young people. That issue was addressed, in part, when lawmakers in Florida voted during the recent legislative session to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco or nicotine products, including vaping devices, […]

Debate over social media ‘censorship’ of conservatives is coming to a head in FL Legislature

BY: - April 28, 2021

Legislation imposing substantial financial penalties against social media platforms that “censor” political candidates and private citizens is nearing a final vote in the Florida Legislature and likely will soon be on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. How will this affect private citizens? They’d be able to sue Twitter, Facebook, and other […]

For 19-and-20-year-olds, Medicaid will be a lifeline; lawmakers nix cuts in health care program for young adults

BY: - April 27, 2021

It looks like young, low-income Floridians will continue to be able to access affordable health care through Medicaid now that state lawmakers have nixed cuts in health care funding for 19-and-20-year-olds. The change comes as lawmakers wrap up the state budget for 2021-22. The legislative session is scheduled to end Friday. In a previous Florida […]

Medicaid expansion for moms and babies is now closer to reality in the FL Legislature

BY: - April 26, 2021

Republican House Speaker Chris Sprowls declared a plan in late March to tackle inequities in maternal health care that impact women by pushing for a one-year expansion for maternal Medicaid benefits, an inititative of the Biden administration. Now, the Florida Senate looks to be on board with the initiative, albeit, the Senate is pushing for […]

State House passes unemployment system revamp, but no boost in stingy benefits for the jobless

BY: - April 21, 2021

The Florida House united Wednesday around legislation designed to repair the state’s disastrous failure of the unemployment benefits system, but that does nothing to increase the state’s meager benefits for the jobless. Following impassioned pleas this week by Democrats to boost payments and extend eligibility, members of that caucus begrudgingly voted for the bill, HB  […]