Charles McBurney

Republican Party of Duval County

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  On this edition of First Coast Connect On The Go!, we're live from the Jessie Ball duPont Center in downtown Jacksonville.

Kids-centered legislation

Several members of the Duval Delegation play major roles during this year's legislative session in new measures focused on the state's children, affecting everything from public education to juvenile justice.

We speak with Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), Rep. Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville), and Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) about their efforts.

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Duval County is well on the way to accomplishing its goal of reducing veteran and chronic homelessness to what’s called “functional zero” by the end of this year, the group Changing Homelessness announced Tuesday night.

woman with sign that says, "Stop State Killing"
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Florida lawmakers are pledging to remedy the state's death-penalty sentencing structure after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the state's method of giving judges the power to impose death sentences is unconstitutional.

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Bills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as "direct file."

Each measure has passed one committee, and they could be on a collision course, turning on the question of how much discretion prosecutors should have in such cases.

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at keeping Floridians with mental illnesses out of the criminal-justice system.

The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee supported the measure (HB 439), filed by Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, that would create a statewide framework for counties to offer treatment-based mental health courts.

Many counties have mental-health courts, but they have varying eligibility and program requirements.

State of Florida

Duval County mental health advocates are hoping a bill filed by a local lawmaker helps divert more people with mental illness from ending up in state hospitals or jail.

The measure would standardize mental health courts in Florida and create a pilot program expanding long-term care in Northeast Florida.

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Many Duval County jail inmates live with mental illness, but the county struggles to provide enough mental-health services. That’s why local officials are hoping the state Legislature can help.  

A Jacksonville lawmaker is proposing one solution: Keep more criminals with mental illness from getting locked up in the first place.

Psychiatric nurse Lynnette Kennison remembers a particularly challenging day at the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center. That's the main jail in downtown Jacksonville.

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The Florida State Legislature is expected to review red light camera legislation this session, and some local lawmakers say there are serious flaws in the current system.

Florida House of Representatives

A fired Florida state trooper is fighting to get back his job after giving State Representative Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, a break on a ticket.

Former trooper Charles Swindle had a personnel hearing today. He answered questions about his decision to issue lesser citations for McBurney and one other legislator in November.

The House Appropriations Committee today passed HB 7169, a measure that creates a program called Florida Health Choices Plus, that will cover about 115,000 people.