Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

Outgoing Tallahassee state Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is explaining why she’s against Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Rehwinkel Vasilinda was elected as a Democrat, but switched to No Party Affiliation in September.

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State Democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is garnering attention for her recent comments on Donald Trump, calling his policies ‘fascinating’. But a local GOP leader thinks she’s pandering to conservative voters.

Local lawmakers want $250,000 to renovate the St. Marks lighthouse.
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Florida lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee June first to pick up where they left off on budget negotiations. The Big Bend’s regional delegation is banking on the special session to get some local projects funded.

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A controversial abortion bill that now includes a new exemption is now heading to the Senate Floor, after passing its last committee hearing Monday. It’s also teed up for a vote on the House floor, despite continued opposition.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee)
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To this point, Democrats in the Florida Legislature have presented a unified front in opposition to a bill allowing concealed weapons on public university and college campuses.  But Wednesday two Democratic House members broke with their caucus to support the plan.

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A Tallahassee lawmaker is pushing once again to repeal the state’s nuclear cost recovery clause.  State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) says she plans to file her repeal for the fifth time in a row. Rehwinkel Vasilinda says lawmakers have made changes to the rule in the past years in an attempt to quiet voters’ concerns. But so far, she says, that hasn’t worked.

“Now we still have consumer voices being very loud and talking about the fairness of the issue and how to make rates more fair,” Rehwinkel Vasilinda says.

Tallahassee Rep. To Oppose Miami Nuclear Plant Expansion

May 12, 2014
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A Tallahassee lawmaker and a South Florida mayor are planning to ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to stop the expansion of a Miami nuclear power plant. Scott and his cabinet will hear from Florida Power and Light Tuesday about its plans to add reactors to its Turkey Point plant.

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The Leon County Commission is about to hold its annual discussion of how the legislative session could affect the local community. County- and state-level officials are slated to take questions Tuesday morning.

The meeting is hosted by Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge for the third year. Residents are invited to talk about how the recently concluded legislative session could bring changes to the region.

All local legislative delegates, local elected officials and school employees were invited to attend.

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The federal Health Resources and Services Administration says at least 55 million people around the country live in areas that lack an adequate supply of primary care doctors. Now, some Florida lawmakers are looking to remedy that by expanding what Nurse Practitioners are allowed to do.

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Genetically engineered foods in Florida will have to be labeled as such if the state Legislature passes a bill filed this month. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) says she filed the bill because people should be able to choose what they eat.

No federal law requires such labeling, but Rehwinkel Vasilinda says the movement is picking up steam with other states considering similar laws.

“There’s Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. And it’s just people that want to know what’s going on and what they’re ingesting," she says.

Despite a few hang ups, the Florida House of Representatives passed a number of bills Wednesday including one that deals with what’s known as nuclear cost recovery. The measure is intended to put more rules in place for Florida utilities using the provision to pay for building nuclear power plants.

Perspectives: Legislative Session Preview

Feb 28, 2013

What’s likely to happen during the upcoming 2013 Florida lawmaking session? Tallahassee State Representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams and State Senator Bill Montford give their take on everything from state worker benefits to the “Stand Your Ground” law.