Representative Mia Jones

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The Florida House passed a controversial bill making changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

About a week after friends and family of a former college football player advocated on behalf of their loved one’s claims bill, it passed its first committee hearing in the Senate.

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Two Democratic lawmakers have filed a bill to make it easier for minors to have their records expunged.

Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) says getting a record expunged is particularly problematic for African American youth who want to do things, like get a job, go to school, or join the army—but can’t because of mistakes made when they were younger.

“It puts them in a situation where they become the marketplace for recidivism. And, we want to be able to help to clear their records once they become 18 as opposed to waiting until they’re mid-to-late 20s.”

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A couple of abortion-related measures are moving in the Florida Legislature, while others appear stalled. One bill inspired by the so-called “abortion pill victim” is already heading to the House floor and its companion could be taken up on the Senate floor next week. Another measure dealing with late-term abortions just cleared its first House panel, but has yet to get its first hearing in the Senate.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) is the Senate sponsor of the “Florida’s Unborn Victims of Violence Act.”

Dems Pounce On Education Portion Of Budget Proposal

Feb 5, 2014
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Though they took potshots at it last week, Democrats had their first chance to speak on the specifics of Governor Rick Scott’s budget proposal Tuesday.

A parade of Democratic House lawmakers directed questions about funding priorities at one of the governor’s budget experts, who was left to explain how schools, the uninsured and state employees would be treated.

Another Florida Democrat is aiming for a state House leadership role in 2014. State Representative Alan Williams is making a bid to be the next Florida House Democratic leader.

Representative Alan Williams of Tallahassee is the latest Democrat to vie for the role, joining the ranks of Representatives Darryl Rouson of Tampa and Mia Jones of Jacksonville. House Democratic Spokesman Mark Hollis says even though all three are aiming for House Minority Leader, all candidates have to formally file to be House Speaker in 2014.