Florida State Legislature

Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable featuring Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:08). Jacksonville’s Director of Military Affairs and Veterans Services Bill Spann, administrative aide Kenneth Johnson and Jeff Shuford (32:15) from Tech From Vets told us about the upcoming Jacksonville Vetrepreneur Summit. Florida State College at Jacksonville philosophy professor Nick Michaud (39:08) talked about the cultural impact of the hit movie “Wonder Woman” and Apex Theatre Studio Managing Director Ian Mairs (46:03) told us about their Summer Theatre Series kicking off Saturday with “The Ultimate 80’s Dance Party.”  


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TALLAHASSEE — To the extent that any legislative session is remembered, the 2017 edition might be remembered as much for what lawmakers didn't do as for what they did.

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A former Duval County School Board member and current state representative is co-sponsoring legislation that some school board members and the superintendent oppose.

Jacksonville Rep. Jason Fischer’s “Schools-of-Hope” bill would encourage private charter companies to replace struggling neighborhood schools.

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Federal Communications commissioners came to Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Thursday to discuss telemedicine.

The discussion touched on ways to expand telehealth in rural areas that lack access to reliable Internet.

The biggest roadblock to telemedicine in Florida has more to do with political will than technology.


Edward Waters College

Jacksonville’s historically-black college, Edward Waters may soon have a police academy.

The Florida Legislature has approved nearly $2 million dollars to start the program.

If the academy is funded, Edward Waters College plans to allow students to take criminal justice and forensic science classes, while simultaneously attending police academy.

Edward Waters Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wanda Willis says she can see many students taking advantage of the program.

After abruptly adjourning three days early, the Florida House and Senate have tentatively agreed to a special session in June to hash out lingering budget issues. But will the two chambers be able to resolve their lingering dispute on health care funding? We speak with Marty Fiorentino, principal at the Jacksonville government relations firm The Fiorentino Group.

Jacksonville Film and Television Office

Jacksonville officials are asking the state Legislature to double a tax credit they hope will bring more film productions to Northeast Florida. The state offers a 5 percent credit to producers to film in so-called "underutilized regions" including North Florida. That's on top of a 20 percent base incentive for filming in the state. 

Senate, House Elections Today In Northeast Florida

Jan 27, 2015

Voters in Northeast Florida are heading to the polls today to choose Republican nominees for three legislative districts expected to be easily carried by the GOP in special elections in April.

The highest-profile race pits Rep. Travis Hutson (R-Elkton), Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart (R-Ponte Vedra Beach) and Flagler Beach Republican Dennis McDonald for the nomination in a Senate district vacated by Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine). Thrasher resigned from the Legislature last year to become the president of Florida State University, his alma mater.

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Republican primaries will be held tomorrow in Northeast Florida for three spots in the state legislature.

Florida political juggernaut John Thrasher stepped down from his senate seat after 30 years to become the president of Florida State University last year.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Thursday for a rare August special session, hoping to quickly redraw congressional districts before returning to the campaign trail in an election year.

As a sign of how quickly the process was moving, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees working to revise the map released a joint proposal Thursday, hoping to hold committee votes on Friday and gain approval from the full Legislature early next week.

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