Entries by MDWCOMM

Orlando Sentinel: “Florida Democrats propose $543M in rent relief for small businesses left out of eviction bans”

Left out of state and national eviction moratoriums, Florida businesses could find relief in a bill that would set up a $543 million rent stabilization fund and put a stop to commercial evictions. Filed by Democrats Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando and Sen. Annette Taddeo of Miami, House Bill 1469 and Senate Bill 2002 seek to help small […]

The Washington Post: “Democrats ask if DeSantis donations helped wealthy island enclave get early vaccine doses: ‘This is wrong on so many levels’”

Last week, former Illinois governor Bruce Rauner (R) was inspired to donate a quarter-million dollars to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s war chest. The hefty donation came about a month after Rauner’s ultrawealthy and exclusive community on the northern tip of Key Largo received enough coronavirus vaccine doses for 1,200 residents over the age of 65, according to a Miami Herald […]

Florida Pheonix: “State senators want more rehabilitation for inmates and incentives to shorten prison sentences”

A bipartisan effort advancing this week in the state Senate would bolster prison rehabilitation programs to allow inmates to earn shorter sentences. That concept, called gain time, is part of legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Keith Perry, who believes that the programs make society safer by providing inmates with education, job training, and treatment before […]

Florida Politics: “Dog chaining bill advances in Senate”

Sponsor Annette Taddeo testified there were more than 1,200 injurious dog bites in 2018. Legislation that would change how pet owners can chain dogs in Florida moved forward in the Senate Wednesday. The Senate Agriculture Committee gave its approval to the bill (SB 650), which would stop the tethering of dogs or cats to stationary […]

News Break: “Florida Dems regroup to oust DeSantis amid disarray”

Florida Democrats are a mess and have spent the past year stumbling from one crisis to another. That doesn’t mean they lack potential candidates who want to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis next year. A string of electoral losses, an internal schism over the leadership of the state party and a series of self-inflicted public relations […]

WUFT: “Florida Lawmakers Propose Body Camera Pilot Program For Lowell Correctional Officers”

State Rep. Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville, has sponsored a bill concerning a body camera pilot program in Lowell Correctional Institution in response to sexual assault complaints from inmates. A recent report by the Department of Justice stated there is sufficient reasonable cause to believe Lowell Correctional Institution violates the constitutional rights of prisoners and fails to protect inmates […]

Miami Herald: “We were right to raise Florida’s minimum wage. Now it’s time to increase unemployment benefits”

Last year, Floridians overwhelmingly approved a much-needed constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage statewide. It will increase, eventually, $15 an hour. The increase was long overdue, and we saw broad support for it from folks across the political spectrum. This coming legislative session, the Legislature is faced with its next great task to provide meaningful […]

News-Journal: “Florida Senate panel backs controversial proposal for property insurance changes”

 Amid problems in Florida’s property-insurance market, a Senate committee Tuesday backed a controversial proposal that could lead to many policyholders picking up more of the tab for roof damage and limit attorney fees in insurance disputes. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a bill (SB 76) filed after regulators last year signed off on […]