Lizbeth Benacquisto


The “Cameron Mayhew Act” is slated to take effect Saturday, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law aimed at increasing school bus safety.

At least one lawmaker has followed through on an abuse survivor’s vow to make sure legislation was filed to allow young victims to use private recordings in sex abuse cases. It follows a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that will now allow a man convicted of abusing his stepdaughter to get a new trial, after she taped an incriminating conversation without his consent.

The Case

U.S. House of Representatives

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) says she’s considering running in the special election that will be held to replace Congressman Trey Radel (R-19th).

Radel’s seat will come open after the congressman was convicted on federal drug charges after federal agents sold him cocaine in Washington, D.C. He’d originally pledged not to step down, but sent letters Monday to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner  (R-Ohio), Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Governor Rick Scott announcing he’d heed calls to resign.

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There are a number of measures restricting smoking that have already been filed for the Florida’s 2014 legislative session—so far, all aimed at kids. So, what's the driving force behind all these smoking bans?

Florida's Smoking Ban Bills Filed For 2014

Last month, the Senate Regulated Industries committee voted unanimously on the Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto’s proposal to ban minors from buying E-cigarettes.

State Of The State Reaction From The House Floor

Mar 5, 2013
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While there were only two “official” responses to Governor Scott’s State of the State Address, there was no shortage of opinion, discussion, or reaction on the House floor, from Medicaid to the future of the state.  Legislators like Representative Alan Williams, a Democrat from Tallahassee, says while he agrees with the Governor’s teacher pay raise, he wanted to hear about some other people’s pay raises.