Posted: 3:04 PM “On behalf of the Brady Campaign, I send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. This tragedy is another grim reminder that guns are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Updated: 10:53 AM Brady Campaign President Dan Gross issued the following statement in response to the shooting and killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a concealed carry permit holder who was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Posted: 12:27 AM The foundation for everything we do in Leon County government is the
long held belief that when we include citizens, we make better decisions
and have a greater positive impact on our community.
Posted: 2:35 PM “This is a great day for Floridians and demonstrates the desire for patients to have improved access to the vaccines that are critical to their health and well-being,” said Bill Mincy, BPharm, vice president of business development of PPSC.
Posted: 2:19 PM As the Florida legislature enters into the final week of session, the Parent Trigger continues to gain local and national momentum as the defenders of the status quo continue their campaign of misinformation.
Posted: 8:43 AM The Parent Trigger law took a big step forward in the Sunshine State as members of the Florida Senate Appropriations committee gave bipartisan support to the bill, voting 4-3 in support of the Parent Trigger legislation.
Posted: 10:47 AM Letter to 42 Florida groups sent yesterday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for the agency to approve, in their entirety, the Florida DEP's water quality rules. Earlier this week, the DEP transmitted the proposed new rules to EPA for approval.
Posted: 2:14 PM The American Beverage Institute urged legislators to reject HB 681, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley (R), which would mandate the installation of breathalyzers in the cars of all drunk drivers – even low-BAC (blood alcohol concentration), first-time offenders.
Posted: 11:19 AM Senator Paula Dockery has released a “smoking gun” document that shows private prisons do not save the state 7 percent, and in many cases actually cost the state more than public prisons.
Posted: 10:46 AM It’s been easy for opponents of privatization to alarm the public by conjuring up frightening images of privately operated prisons, with staffing cuts so deep that security becomes a challenge and rehabilitation an impossibility. Not only is this image overblown, it is also demonstrably incorrect.
Posted: 2:12 PM “Florida policyholders expect our state-run insurer to play by the rules,” said the Policyholders of Florida founder. “I hope that through this class action lawsuit we will finally understand why some replacement values are so out of whack, costing many homeowners hundreds or thousands of dollars.”
Updated: 11:27 AM A coalition of organizations urged sheriffs not to detain juveniles under standards that treat them like adults at a Florida Sheriffs’ Association (FSA) Jail Standards Committee meeting.
Posted: 5:05 PM The Coalition to Stop the Bad Bet for Florida (Coalition) unveiled its latest ads in a multi-pronged effort to educate Floridians on mega-casino legislation that would dramatically expand gambling in Florida.
Posted: 2:16 PM Florida correctional officers renewed their plea on Tuesday for lawmakers to consider the dangers of privatization. Officers traveled to Tallahassee to testify against a sweeping privatization proposal for Southern Florida that’s being rushed through the legislature.
Posted: 3:09 PM Turning prison facilities over to for-profit companies won’t save Florida taxpayers any money and will probably cost them more, said Teamster correctional officers, their families, their neighbors and union officials who came to the Statehouse Monday.
Posted: 10:36 AM The loss of Mr. Champion is an unfortunate reminder of the need for proactive measures that foster inclusive environments for all students, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity, and that address the severe issue of hazing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country—Florida A&M being one of the nation’s oldest and largest HBCUs.
Posted: 2:59 PM 1000 Friends of Florida has grave concern over the serious and dangerous addition being sought by the City of Tampa to HB 639 which addresses wastewater management. We believe this to be but the “first volley” in the war to privatize the waters of our beloved Florida.