Representative Kionne McGhee

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
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The Florida House passed a measure calling for the state to create a slavery memorial. Bill sponsor Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee said he’s hopeful Senate will agree to hear it on the floor.

Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami)
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State lawmakers are pushing to track sentencing as a way to stamp out disparities in how penalties are doled out.  But at its first hearing, the measure was put on hold.

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
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The Florida House is moving forward with a plan to pull out of the refugee resettlement program.

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Recent reporting suggests Florida’s trial judges are more likely to give harsh sentences to people of color.  Now two Florida lawmakers want the state to begin tracking the sentences handed down as a way to stamp out disparities.

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
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Florida’s veterans could enjoy two full months without sales tax if one South Florida lawmaker gets his way.  But he’ll face an uphill battle in a year with so little new money available.

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A controversial gun measure that’s currently stalled in the Senate is now heading to the House floor. The bill aims to allow someone to legally carry a firearm during a mandatory evacuation without a permit.

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St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes is the Senate sponsor of this particular measure.

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A bill aimed at allowing someone to show a gun or fire a warning shot in self-defense without fear of prosecution is now heading to the House floor. It’s a bill inspired by a Jacksonville woman who fired a warning shot in an alleged domestic violence dispute and received a lengthy prison term.