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Nearly 150 new laws set to go into effect in Florida on Friday

By CBS MIAMI TEAM,  CBS/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, June 28, 2022. TALLAHASSEE – From a record $109.9 billion budget to naming a state dessert, nearly 150 laws that Florida legislators passed this year are set to hit the books Friday. Some of the measures face legal challenges, such as a bill that would prevent abortions after

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Florida Legislation

Florida bans protests outside homes

By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, May 17, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill Monday to outlaw protests outside private residences — a move opponents say violates First Amendment rights. The new law will make it a second-degree misdemeanor to picket or protest outside a person’s house to “harass or disturb” that person. Violators will

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Florida Legislation

Maps, Disney decisions nothing to crow about

This editorial was published in The Daily Sun Apr 25, 2022. OUR POSITION: Actions last week by Florida’s governor and Legislature may have appeased staunch supporters but they were shameful partisan politics that only further divides our state and nation. Wreckless [sic]. That is the best word to describe the Legislature’s acquiescence to Gov. Ron

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Florida Legislation

Lawmakers bow to DeSantis on congressional redistricting maps

The following editorial was published by The Daily Sun on April 15, 2022.   OUR POSITION: The leaders in the Florida House and Senate have abandoned their duties by giving Gov. Ron DeSantis the task of drawing up new maps for the state’s congressional districts. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls

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Charlotte County Democrats

Florida GOP values wealthy donors over our citizens

The following editorial was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 14, 2022. By Teresa Jenkins, chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Party and author of the book ‘Make Democracy Work Again.’   If only I could address how the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature attended to our most urgent needs during the recent legislative session.

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Analysis

New Florida laws championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis now face legal scrutiny

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, April 6, 2022. TALLAHASSEE – With the dust still settling from a legislative session where Gov. Ron DeSantis’ polarizing agenda of bills was easily approved by Republican majorities, the scene now shifts from the Capitol to the courthouse. The trail was blazed recently with a federal lawsuit looking to overturn the state’s new

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Florida Legislation

Since Florida is having special legislative session, let’s do it right

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on April 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature are planning a special session this month to settle differences on congressional voting districts, but they’re apparently unwilling to expand the agenda to take on other important business. We’re going into overtime. In a

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Florida Legislation

Cemeteries bill needed more attention

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on March 26, 2022.  OUR POSITION: A bill in the recent legislative session to catalog and restore abandoned African-American cemeteries never came to a vote, and that is a shame. We know they’re out there. Old, abandoned, forgotten African-American and other cemeteries are spread throughout Florida, some

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Florida Legislation

Homeowners’ insurance costs needed attention

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 16, 2022. OUR POSITION: The cost of homeowners insurance and the loss of several private insurers from Florida’s marketplace is a serious problem that needed the Legislature’s attention in its 2022 session, recently concluded. Home and property owners across Florida — including along the

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Florida Legislation

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill will hurt teens like me

By Will Larkins, Guest Columnist, New York Times, Mar 12, 2022. Mr. Larkins is a junior at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., the president and co-founder of the school’s Queer Student Union and one of the organizers of its Say Gay Anyway walkout. Last October, I attended a high school Halloween party.

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Florida Legislation

It is long last time to expand Medicaid

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: The 2022 legislative session is nearing an end and no one even discussed expanding Medicaid in Florida, and that is a shame. Some of Florida’s poorest people have a health insurance problem the state refuses to fix. The fix is

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Florida Legislation

Eleven Democrat gun control bills die without a FL legislature committee hearing

By Tristan Wood,  Florida Politics, March 2, 2022. The legislation included an assault weapons ban, gun sale restrictions and a lift of the state’s local gun control preemption. Eleven pieces of gun control-related legislation backed by Democratic lawmakers have not been taken up by a single committee this Legislative Session. With committee meetings concluded except

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Florida Legislation

You just can’t tell the truth about America anymore

By Jamelle Bouie,  New York Times Opinion Columnist, Feb. 18, 2022. There is a dangerous censoriousness pulsing through American society. In small towns and big cities alike, would-be commissars are fighting, in the name of a distinct minority of Americans, to stifle open discussion and impose their views on the community at large. Dissenters, when they

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Florida Legislation

In his fight against ‘woke’ schools, DeSantis tears at the seams of a diverse Florida

By Tim Craig and Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, Feb 7, 2022. MIAMI — The school system in Florida’s most populous county includes students whose families moved here from 160 nations. Its expansive cultural mix is represented in the district’s curriculum, which includes not only American history, but also the stories of violent government upheavals, such as the revolution

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Florida Legislation

How companies shape FL bills: a lease security deposit bill as an example

By Jeffrey Schweers, The Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK FLORIDA, Feb 6, 2022. LeaseLock, a California-based company with $3 billion in insured leases, is the sole company behind a bill that would codify its business model in the state, providing renters with a nonrefundable fee alternative as an option to traditional security deposits. The idea

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Florida Legislation

Homeowners’ insurance premiums are still an issue for lawmakers

The following editorial was published in the Feb 9, 2022 edition of The Daily Sun OUR POSITION: The Legislature tried to stem the soaring costs of homeowners insurance last year, but its new laws fall short. Lawmakers are trying again with better results, we hope. If your homeowner’s insurance bill is causing you headaches, you’re

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Florida Legislation

Florida voting law put under the microscope in Federal court

By Anjali Huynh and Jane C. Timm, NBC News,  Jan. 31, 2022. Civil rights groups went to federal court Monday morning to challenge Florida’s new restrictive voting law, lambasting state lawmakers for making it harder to vote. Florida is one of 19 states that enacted new voting restrictions last year, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie. Gov.

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