Representative Alan Williams

Rep. Alan Williams.
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After almost three decades in office, Leon County’s election supervisor is stepping down.  One of Tallahassee’s statehouse representatives wants to replace him, but his attendance record in the Legislature might give some voters pause.

L-R: Mark Earley, Tena Pate, Rep. Alan Williams.
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2016 is shaping up to be a contentious election year, and not just on the national stage. One of Leon County’s most anticipated local races is for Supervisor of Elections. Two of the candidates came together Thursday for a public forum.

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A bill to help provide closure for families impacted by the now-closed Dozier School for Boys is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. That’s the former North Florida reform school surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over a span of decades.

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A bill putting guidelines in place for law enforcement agencies using body cameras is now heading to the Governor, after passing the Florida Legislature unanimously.

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A bill aimed at helping to address the state’s rape kits backlog is now heading to the Governor, after passing the Florida Legislature unanimously.

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A bill seeking a three percent pay raise for state employees unanimously passed its first Senate panel Monday. And, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mulling over the issue as well.

Restraining Order? Hand Over The Gun

Dec 22, 2015
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A North Florida Democratic lawmaker wants to limit gun access for people under restraining orders.

The League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and a group calling itself, Generation Progress, are hosting an advanced screening of an HBO documentary, followed by a panel discussion this weekend. It centers around Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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The Florida Legislature held a moment of silence for civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away over the weekend.

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Before the House quickly adjourned, two body cameras bills were quickly moving through the legislative process, with one already headed to the Governor—which means the status of one of the measures is unknown.

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Two Florida lawmakers are hoping to revive a bill that failed during the past legislative session repealing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. But, some say the law should remain intact and see it as a waste of time.

It was in late 2013 when Rep. Alan Williams’ (R-Tallahassee) got a five hour hearing for his bill to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

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Lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate have filed bills this week that would let citizens sign up to vote online. The online voter registration bill is a priority for the Florida League of Women Voters.

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Governor Rick Scott was sworn in for his second term Tuesday on the old steps of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. After the swearing in of the Cabinet members and his Lieutenant Governor, Governor Scott took his oath of office for the second time.

Throughout his Inaugural address, Scott touched on education and the environment. But, at the center of his speech was the cornerstone of both of his gubernatorial campaigns: jobs.

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In advance of the Labor Day holiday, Florida Highway Patrol is highlighting the first week of September as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to make sure motorists are not driving while they’re sleepy. The inspiration behind the week is an eight-year-old girl who lost her life to a drowsy driver in Tallahassee.

When remembering Ronshay Dugans, those who knew her remember her well, including Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend Kasey Dennis.

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Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) moved one step closer to taking the House District 8 seat, after defeating fellow Democrat Dianne Williams-Cox in the August primary election Tuesday. While his victory isn’t set, he still congratulated by a number of people, including another winner of the night:  Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, Williams celebrated his victory over Williams-Cox at the Double Tree hotel in Tallahassee.

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Governor Rick Scott has about two weeks to act on more than a 100 bills delivered to his desk Thursday. They include a bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants as well as a bill legalizing a mild strain of marijuana for medical purposes—a couple controversial measures Scott has already said he’ll sign.

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There are now three new inductees in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. They range from the author of the Black National Anthem to another who’s hailed as the “father of St. Augustine’s civil rights movement.”

Robert B. Hayling, a Tallahassee native, is one of the new inductees into the third annual Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Speaking at a ceremony held in the Capitol building Wednesday, the 94-year-old recalled a time when he was much younger when it was just the Historic Capitol building.

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A state legislative House panel has approved a plan aimed at compensating an elderly man wrongfully accused of one of the worst mass murders in Florida history.

The proposal by Rep. Dave Kerner (D-Lake Worth) expands the state's wrongful incarceration law to consider the case of 77-year-old James Richardson, who was living in Arcadia in 1967 when he was accused of poisoning his seven children.

Richardson spend more than 20 years behind bars before he was freed in 1989 amid allegations of misconduct and perjury by prosecutors and investigators

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The bipartisan bill to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law appears stalled in the Florida Senate. And, several groups, including the so-called Dream Defenders, joined the measure’s author in calling for further discussion to changing the controversial law.

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith has been working side by side with Altamonte Springs Republican Senator David Simmons in trying to make changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Smith says the legislation is needed to address some of the recent decisions associated with the law.

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Florida sales tax holidays have become popular tools encouraging consumer spending on items like school supplies.  But the omnibus tax holiday bill that passed the House Thursday is leaving some lawmakers wanting more.

Besides back-to-school shopping, Rep. Ritch Workman’s (R-Melbourne) bill includes temporary exemptions for energy-efficient appliances, hurricane preparedness supplies, and gym memberships. It also offers a permanent exemption for child car seats and bicycle helmets.

Lawmakers Pass Package Of Sex Offender Reforms

Feb 12, 2014

Members of the House Appropriations Committee passed five different measures that do everything from requiring more information from sex offender registrants to requiring that victims and local law enforcement be notified when an offender is released from the Department of Children and Families’ care.

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The same day Governor Rick Scott announced he’d be asking for $130 million in Everglades restoration funding for the coming year, members of more than 100 environmental groups held rallies in 16 Florida cities to raise awareness of Florida’s water issues. Tallahassee’s conservationists are demanding Scott do more than just “throw money” at the problem.

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Tallahassee state Representative Alan Williams has declared his intention to seek a fourth and final term in the Florida House.  The decision ends months of speculation Williams might run for a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.

Local lawmakers from more than 20 states convened the first ever Voting Rights Project Policy Summit in Washington D.C. this week. Representatives from both Georgia and Florida were among those who attended the summit created by the left-leaning group America Values First.

Georgia’s House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, the Summit’s moderator, says one main goal they looked at is how to advance legislation through Republican-led Legislatures. The answer, she says? Compromise.

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After a legislative bid to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed this week, the focus now turns to whether opponents of the existing law will now throw their weight behind a proposal aimed at tweaking the law.

Thursday’s five-hour hearing saw each side literally going back and forth between the pros and cons of Stand Your Ground. Law enforcement agencies opposed the repeal, including Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley.

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