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Negron Targets Sexual Harassment As Legislative Session Opens

Jan 10, 2018

Senate President Joe Negron reiterated his chamber will have “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment or misconduct against employees and visitors, as he gave an opening address Tuesday for the 2018 legislative session.

Negron also talked of the need to address impacts from Hurricane Irma and to further build up the state university system.

And Negron said the Senate will work with Gov. Rick Scott on his request for additional pay raises for law-enforcement officers and with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, on expanding school choice.

The Florida House is wasting no time pursuing one of Governor Rick Scott’s session priorities.  One committee will take up a tax and fee measure on the opening day.

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Public records advocates are opposing a number of bills that will be considered by the Florida legislature this year.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis filed paperwork Friday to formally enter Florida's 2018 gubernatorial race, after landing praise from President Donald Trump and rounding up a list of wealthy financial backers.

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Two state lawmakers from Tampa Bay want to change the way some special taxing districts are run in the state.

Bills filed by state Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon) and state Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico) would place new regulations on community redevelopment agencies (CRAs). These agencies funnel tax dollars back into neighborhoods - many of which are impoverished.

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A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that proposes eliminating the observance of Daylight Saving Time.

Floridians would not have to set their clocks an hour forward each spring and an hour backward each fall if the bill passes.

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President Donald Trump planned to lunch with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday, as he spends the holidays in Palm Beach.

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Is the only tax that half the voters in the country pay the payroll tax? That's what U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said. We tackle that claim and another by Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants the entire state to be a "sanctuary" for people in the country illegally.

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State Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) resigned from the Senate Wednesday, just a day after a report concluded there was evidence that he sexually harassed several women.

Florida’s U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is slamming the Republican tax bill. Both houses of Congress passed the measure Wednesday on largely party line votes. Nelson says the package benefits corporations more than working people. 

State Sen. Jack Latvala resigned from the Senate Wednesday, just a day after a report concluded there was evidence that he sexually harassed several women.

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Just months after seeing the budget for the state tourism marketing agency cut to $75 million amid a cantankerous political fight, Gov. Rick Scott is asking again for a major boost.

The Florida Senate has received a report that concludes there is probable cause for some of the sexual harassment allegations against state Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater). The Special Master’s report also opens the door to other investigations, including a possible criminal one.

An investigation into a Florida state senator accused of groping a single woman uncovered another witness who said he routinely touched her in a sexual manner and offered to support legislation in exchange for sexual favors.

The Florida Supreme Court has tossed out a case challenging the governor's right to make last minute appointments. The justices say it’s too soon to review because the appointments haven't been made yet. Without a clear ruling, some are worried about a potential constitutional crisis. 

The costs to settle outstanding prison lawsuits could mean less money to spend on Florida Department of Corrections’ priorities. That’s the message from the new Florida Senate Budget chair.

With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  The governor is ordering new training at state agencies.

Voters around Plant City will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state House representative. The special election for State House District 58 is being held to replace Republican Dan Raulerson, who stepped down for medical reasons.

The repeal of “net neutrality” rules that allowed consumers to have equal access to the internet has upset Florida’s U.S. Democratic Senator.

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It's that time of the year again for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year. And this year's whopper goes to... drum roll please... President Donald Trump. That may not be such a surprise, given the president's propensity for - shall we say - stretching the boundaries of the truth.

A bill funding a unique facility to help solve cold cases is starting to move forward in the Florida House.

A Florida Democrat wants to impose the same fundraising restrictions legislators face each session on the state’s cabinet officials.

As Florida’s politically powerful men fear becoming targets of sexual harassment allegations, the new-found awareness of a male-dominated Legislature has come with a cost: Women are collateral damage.

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Campaign donations for State Senator and candidate for governor Jack Latvala have dried up since allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

Former Gov. Crist Fights for Net Neutrality

Dec 11, 2017

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is coming out strong against the FCC’s upcoming Net Neutrality vote.


Terrie Rizzo, who began her political career as a campaign volunteer a little more than a dozen years ago, was selected by Florida Democrats to lead their party for the next three years.

Rizzo, chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democrats, easily beat Brevard County Democratic Chairwoman Stacey Patel in an 830-291 vote by the party's executive committee at the Rosen Centre Hotel on Saturday.

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Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum was questioned on issues such as transportation and teacher wages at a Tampa community forum on Friday.

Lawmakers are once again working to assure the 3-million Floridians who play fantasy sports with friends that they’re not breaking the law. A measure from Tampa Republican Senator Dana Young would clarify that playing fantasy sports does not constitute gambling. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has raised concerns about the legislation violating the tribe’s gambling exclusivity agreement with the state. But Young says she’s not worried.

A bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers is looking to create an alternative to restore the rights of former inmates.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is hoping an appellate court overturns her fraud convictions after her sentencing Monday.

But one former Department of Justice prosecutor thinks the only thing certain about her chances is uncertainty.


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