Legislative Session

Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach)
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A bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster use-of-force training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House.

Plan Emerges In Fla. Legislature For Sea-Level Rise, Wastewater Funding

Mar 24, 2021
A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls late Tuesday released a plan to tap into a type of real-estate taxes to pay for projects to address the effects of sea-level rise and upgrade sewage treatment. 

The Florida Legislature
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As Florida’s 2020 legislative session comes to a close, lawmakers can celebrate the bills they passed. But hundreds of other proposals died along the way, including a bill that would have established a state-wide office of resiliency.

Underground Power Line Bill Cruises In Florida Senate

Apr 29, 2019
Power pole leaning over a road after Hurricane Irma.
Michael Rivera / Wikemedia Commons

The Florida Senate on Friday overwhelmingly passed a measure that could lead to more underground power lines, as backers point to massive outages in recent years after hurricanes hit the state.

Local Tax Referendums Targeted in Florida House

Apr 12, 2019
Vote here sign
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After a sometimes-heated debate, the Florida House on Thursday approved a proposal that would make it harder to raise local sales taxes.

Re. Tracie Davis debating on the House floor.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

A Jacksonville state representative’s bill aimed at easing the burden on victims of housing discrimination who are pursuing civil action passed unanimously in its first committee stop this week.

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

A proposed ban on so-called sanctuary cities that would lead to tough penalties if local governments do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities, including removal of local officials from their posts, is making its way through the Florida Legislature.

The Florida state capitol.
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A bill that would prohibit local governments from regulating any requirements imposed on employers relating to minimum wage and conditions of employment cleared its first hurdle in the Florida Senate Tuesday in a party line vote.

Senator Rob Bradley.
Florida Channel

A Florida Senate bill that would ban the practice of “bundling” proposed constitutional amendments by the state’s Constitution Revision Commission cleared the Rules Committee Wednesday and is now headed to the Senate floor for a full vote.

The Star of David.
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Critics of a Florida House bill that aims to crack down on anti-Semitism say the legislation is too narrow because it fails to address other forms of xenophobia and hate crimes, and that it violates the First Amendment by criminalizing legitimate criticisms of the State of Israel.

Plastic straws.
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What started as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating plastic straws morphed Monday into a push for a study on the issue, lumped in with an attempt to prohibit cities and counties from banning certain sunscreens.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry speaking to the Duval County Legislative Delegation at City Hall.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

In their Monday morning meeting at City Hall, the Duval County Legislative Delegation unanimously elected both their next chair and vice chair before ceding the floor to constituents as they look for input before heading to Tallahassee for committee meetings ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Jacksonville City Hall
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The Duval County Legislative Delegation will meet at City Hall on Monday to elect a new chair and vice chair and to hear from constituents.

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.