Rep. Robert Cortes (R-Maitland)
The Florida Channel

State Civil Rights Act Could Soon Include Pregnancy Protections

The Florida House is close to amending the state’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit pregnancy discrimination. It’s a symbolic move, and far from a sure thing, but lawmakers are happy to see it moving forward.
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David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, AL is charged with seven counts of attempted murder in Panama City, Beach.
Bay County Sheriffs Office

Seven people remain hospitalized in Panama City Beach, Florida after an early morning shooting. 22-year-old David Jamichael Daniels of Mobile, AL has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

Florida Channel

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received unanimous support at his initial confirmation hearing in the Senate this week. But, he spent much of the time reassuring a panel of lawmakers about his agency’s working relationship with Florida’s troubled prison system.

Florida House of Representatives

It’s the gold standard for every conservative – a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Jeffrey Utsch, executive vice president of the ultra-conservative Compact for America, preaches it in a video on his group’s website:

chess set with black and white board
Curtis Perry

As budget negotiations between the Florida House and Senate approach lawmakers are carefully arranging their chess sets. But as some are worried a House plan could end up putting state employees in check.

The Florida Senate is preparing to vote on a plan to scale back standardized testing in public schools.  Significant differences between the House and Senate—could mean a lengthy negotiating process on education to come up with a plan to address public concerns.

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Leon County and Tallahassee Commissioners will host a town hall meeting Tuesday. Local officials want public feedback from Southside residents on how to make the community stronger.

Florida Unemployment Rate
Bureau of Labor Statistics

After three months in neutral, Florida’s unemployment rate is continuing its steady decline.  The rate dipped from 5.7 to 5.6 percent last month.

Florida House

The Florida House of Representatives cleared out several proposals Friday, sending them to the senate.

Rep. Robert Cortes (R-Maitland)
The Florida Channel

The Florida House is close to amending the state’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit pregnancy discrimination.  It’s a symbolic move, and far from a sure thing, but lawmakers are happy to see it moving forward.

Florida Channel

The newly appointed head of Florida’s juvenile justice system breezed through her recent initial confirmation hearing in the Senate.

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