Rep. Emily Slosberg

‘Gail’s Law’ becomes FL law; sexual-assault survivors win fight for tracking of rape kits

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gail’s Law, requiring tracking of evidence obtained in rape kits, is now law – bringing to a close a disturbing chapter in the lives of Florida’s sexual assault victims. For decades, evidence such as blood and semen has been collected in rape kits during physical examinations of rape victims, but hundreds of thousands of the […]

Sexual-assault: A new wave of victim advocates goes after an under-reported, under-investigated crime

BY: - May 12, 2021

Petite and soft-spoken but determined to be heard, Gail Frances Gardner stood before one legislative committee after another this spring, cameras on for all to see, and told lawmakers about the worst night of her life. She was 41 years old, asleep in her bed with her 9-year-old son after they’d returned from a church […]

No more disregarded rape kits: FL lawmakers pass Gail’s Law to track evidence and support survivors

BY: - April 26, 2021

Rape kits containing evidence of a sexual assault will no longer be set aside and forgotten, as were tens of thousands of such kits in years past. One Floridian whose rape kit was long disregarded — for 33 years — is Gail Gardner of Orlando, who was raped in her home in 1988. In her […]

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“Gail’s Law” hopes to create a statewide database to track DNA evidence in sexual assault cases

BY: - April 6, 2021

Gail’s Law, a measure that would provide the status of “rape kits” for evidence to survivors of sexual assaults and rape, is on its way to the House floor in the Florida Legislature. The legislation would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create a statewide database to track the processing status and location […]

Jewish lawmakers condemn school board’s rehiring of an administrator over Holocaust outcry

BY: - October 16, 2020

Members of the the Florida Jewish Caucus in the Legislature have condemned the rehiring of a former Palm Beach County principal who refused to say that the Holocaust is a factual, historical event. He has been assigned to another position in the district. The incident in 2019 led to an outcry that became a national […]

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If Gov. Ron DeSantis signs it into law, you can get stopped and fined for texting and driving

BY: - April 30, 2019

If you text while driving, you could get pulled over and fined under a bill the Legislature has sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law. You can, however talk into your phone. Florida has what has been considered one of weakest distracted driving measures in the country. The bill the Legislature passed doesn’t […]