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Bill would end tenure of long-time public advocate on utilities with major rate cases on the horizon

BY: - February 10, 2020

Legislation that would force out veteran Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, who represents ordinary utility customers before the Florida Public Service Commission, passed its first committee test Monday on the strength of a lopsided Republican vote. The bill (SPB 7052) would limit public advocates to as many as three four-year terms – 12 years total – […]

Legislature advances proposals to let more people carry guns around schools, churches

BY: - March 12, 2019

The Republican-led Legislature is advancing two proposals that would let more people have guns around schools and houses of worship. One measure would repeal a state law that gives Florida school boards the right to prohibit anyone over the age of 18 from parking on a school campus with a gun securely locked in their […]

Anna Eskamani and other Florida Dem. lawmakers at Capitol

Florida Dems introduce new “common sense” gun-control measures, but will they pass?

BY: - February 12, 2019

A year after the Republican-led Legislature reduced access to guns following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, Florida Democrats have unveiled an assortment of bills and proposals to further reduce gun violence. They’ve already introduced more than half-a-dozen measures in advance of the 2019 spring legislative session. And at a press conference at the Capitol on […]

No raises for state workers in budget DeSantis proposes

BY: - February 1, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis calls his new state budget a  “Bold Vision for a Brighter Future,” but it will be less than bold for most state workers. They won’t be getting a pay raise. DeSantis’ initial $91.3 billion spending proposal for 2019-20  unveiled Friday has a long way to go through the legislative process. In fact, […]

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Proposed new law targets people holding cell phones while driving

BY: - December 18, 2018

Florida was one of the last states in the country to impose sanctions on motorists who text while driving, but critics call the current law essentially toothless. Now a Republican member of the Florida House from Tampa  wants to go much further in the name of public safety, proposing legislation that would prohibit motorists from […]

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Will Florida try again for state tax incentives to attract the film industry?

BY: - December 12, 2018

Eight years ago, Florida kicked off a program to try to attract the film industry – and the jobs and publicity that come with it – to the Sunshine State. But the state program had problems, and by 2016 it had fizzled. Pinellas County-based actor Ricky Wayne says he’s constantly working these days, but rarely […]

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Meet some of the new Florida House Democrats

BY: - November 27, 2018

The much hyped “Blue Wave” that Democrats were hoping would manifest itself during this year’s midterm elections ultimately did live up to the hype around most of the country, but not so much  in the Sunshine State. Still, Democrats did manage to flip seven seats in the state House of Representatives, and six of the […]

State lawmaker files legislation to rescind the weird law that tries to kick the public off beaches

BY: - November 21, 2018

A state senator from Tampa Bay has filed a bill to repeal the controversial state law that is causing headaches over the public’s access to the state’s beaches. A law that went into effect July 1 has emboldened some private property owners, who have put up “No trespassing” signs on beach front and called law […]

Don’t forget: Three Florida Legislative races are cliffhangers and are undergoing recounts

BY: - November 12, 2018

While recounts in two pivotal Florida races – Florida Governor and U.S. Senate – are garnering state and national attention, don’t forget three of the legislative races that are cliffhangers. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered machine recounts for each of those three races: /In State Senate District 18, part of Hillsborough […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 10

BY: - October 1, 2018

State and Local Government Structure and Operation BALLOT SUMMARY: “Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session […]