Clay Yarborough

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Ahead of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, local state representatives and senators held their annual Duval Legislative Delegation Meeting to hear the concerns of organizations and community stakeholders.

Democrats Vie For Northeast Florida House Seats

May 17, 2020
The Florida state capitol.
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Three Democrats have filed paperwork to try to unseat Republican House members this year in Northeast Florida districts. 

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Funding requests totaling $3 million from two Northwest Jacksonville charter schools are being pushed by state lawmakers.

Jacksonville Rep. Yarborough Looks To ‘Kick-Start’ Telehealth With Incentives For Insurers

Mar 7, 2019
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Insurers could get tax breaks worth as much as $30 million and use out-of-state health providers in their networks under a House bill meant to champion the use of “telehealth” in Florida.

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A $10 million funding request by UF Health Jacksonville to help renovate its trauma center and emergency room is getting support from state lawmakers.

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A proposal to allow unused prescription drugs to be donated to low-income patients is advancing in the Florida Legislature. Florida already allows cancer drugs be donated.

UNF Has Big Renovation Funding Ask For State

Dec 26, 2017
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The University of North Florida is asking the state for $26 million to renovate and expand buildings  

UNF alumnus and Jacksonville State Representative Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, is sponsoring two funding bills after UNF approached him about the projects.


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A bill adding more drugs to Florida’s prescription-medicine price database is heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for his signature.

The measure was sponsored by two Jacksonville lawmakers: Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, and Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.


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Florida patients could soon have access to more information about the average costs of their prescription drugs.


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Four of the five candidates vying for a Jacksonville state house seat plead their cases at the Southside Business Men’s Club Wednesday.

The debate lacked, well, debate on most issues.


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Medical marijuana that doesn’t induce a high is legal in Florida, but not exactly legal in Jacksonville. This week the City Council put a hold on growing, processing or dispensing marijuana in the city for at least six months.

Last year, the Florida Legislature legalized using non-smoked marijuana with little THC, the chemical that gets people high. The medicinal-grade weed is most commonly prescribed to kids who suffer from seizures.

Jacksonville City Council Passes Pension Reform Bill

Jun 10, 2015
Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
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The Jacksonville City Council passed a bill reforming the Police and Fire Pension Fund Tuesday night.

The decision comes after many years of negotiations.

 

City Council President Clay Yarborough announced the vote of 14 to 4 in favor of the plan. The Police and Fire pension Fund has racked up more than a billion dollars in unfunded debt, and the new deal lays out a framework for how to pay it down.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Jeff Billman, outgoing Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

A former city employee that was forced to quit, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, and two high profile robberies are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough, Duval County GOP Secretary Kim Crenier, and same-sex marriage are making headlines this week.

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Mayor Alvin Brown sent City Council President Clay Yarborough a letter today stating that Yarborough's demand to pull the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville's funding could put the city at risk for legal actions since it would likely violate the First Amendment. 

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A protest is scheduled for downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night during Art Walk–and it involves an art exhibit.

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The photograph titled “Janine Eight Months Pregnant” is part of photographer Angela Strassheim's “Focused on Family” exhibit that is currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art and includes a nude pregnant woman reclining on a couch in the late afternoon sunlight.

Controversial art and tweets, JTA and a fire that destroyed a historic building are all in the headlines today.

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The Jacksonville City Council will begin reviewing next year’s proposed city budget Tuesday night.

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Clay Yarborough, the new president of the Jacksonville City Council, was once a cameraman at WJCT.

Duval teachers, blight and All Aboard Florida are in the headlines today.