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Former State Senator Dwight Bullard will not be able to run for chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Bullard’s failed bid for Miami-Dade Committeeman is a blow to progressives across the state.

It’s time to rethink how adolescents learn about the facts of life, according to a Democratic lawmaker who is also a teacher.

Governor Rick Scott’s trickle-down economic strategy isn’t trickling down far enough. Now a Democratic legislator is pushing his own tax-cutting plan for creating jobs.

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Senator Dwight Bullard of Miami-Dade has been trying for years to have Florida regulate plastic bags, with little success. The Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee* has approved a similar bill sponsored by Bullard that may do the next best thing- allow individual communities to create their own policies. 

Florida students have dealt with an avalanche of problems with this year’s set of standardized tests, which were so bad that legislators have been pushing a proposal to suspend testing temporarily. But Florida Democrats and activists don’t think the measure heading to Gov. Rick Scott goes far enough.

Two Florida lawmakers have filed bills looking to track statistics on “use of deadly force” incidents.

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George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and some state legislators, like Sen. Dwight Bullard (D-Miami), say they're not too happy about Tuesday’s Justice Department’s announcement.

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The head of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus is calling on Attorney General Pam Bondi to create a panel of citizens to be an oversight board in use-of-force incidences involving law enforcement.

Miami Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard says the members of the black caucus dropped off a letter Tuesday to Bondi asking for the creation of the citizen’s oversight committee in all the judicial circuits.

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The losses Democrats took during the 2014 midterm election are causing rifts within the party ranks. Still the general consensus is for the party to unite and move forward. But, some political scientists say that can only happen once what’s called the “blame game” phase is over.

Losing Florida’s gubernatorial race was a big blow to Democrats in this election. They also lost a number of races across the state and the nation.

Among the losses were several seats in the Florida House—which created a GOP supermajority.

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The president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association says he’s offended by comments made by the National Rifle Association’s Marion Hammer over a gun bill that died this legislative Session. It’s a measure that would have allowed people to legally carry a firearm without a concealed weapons permit during a mandatory evacuation.

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A couple of NRA-backed priorities died in the Florida Senate Thursday. The issues centered around one bill that that would allow people to legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a mandatory evacuation and another issue relating to tweaking Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

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The Florida Senate teed up several measures Wednesday, unanimously passed a number of measures, and sent some over to the Governor for his signature. That includes a bill addressing juvenile life sentencing, a pair of gun-related measures, and another increasing speed limits.

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About 50 bills got teed up for a vote Wednesday, including a bipartisan bill allowing Florida Department of Transportation officials to change the speed limits on certain highways.

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Acknowledging the ticking clock winding down the 2014 legislative session, the sponsor of a bill allowing local governments to regulate plastic bag use has withdrawn his measure from consideration. Florida cities currently are prohibited from making rules discouraging the use of plastic carryout bags, as cities in other states have done.

Lawmakers Shop For Groceries On Minimum-Wage Budget

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Bills raising Florida’s minimum wage were assigned to committees but never heard after South Florida Democrats filed them this session. But that didn’t stop several lawmakers from trying to highlight how hard it is to shop on a tight budget by making a grocery run in Tallahassee this morning.

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Several gun-related measures will be taken up this week either by a group of lawmakers or the full body. They include controversial measures, like the so-called “Warning Shot” bill and another that allows for someone to carry a gun without a permit during a declared state of emergency. And, there’s another less heated issue dubbed the “Pop Tart” bill.”

Speaking to a Senate Education Committee, bill sponsor, Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) started off with a joke.

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In what’s been dubbed her “State of Education Address,” Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart gave a Senate panel an update on her department’s plans for the new year Wednesday. Much of the meeting focused on the state’s search for a new standardized test.

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A couple of Florida lawmakers are renewing a push to give children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at public universities.

Miami Senator Dwight Bullard and Orlando Representative Victor Torres are the bill’s authors. It’s Bullard’s fourth time filing the bill—twice in the House, and now twice in the Senate. Torres has his name on the bill for the first time—a bill he says is about prosperity for future generations.

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A House committee has named a date when it’ll discuss a bill that would repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground law. The scheduling was announced the same week as a Tallahassee forum where critics weighed in about the controversial law.

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Another Florida lawmaker has filed a bill to make changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Miami Senator Dwight Bullard says his goes further than a bipartisan proposal starting to move through the Florida Legislature.

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State Senator Dwight Bullard is wrapping up an attempt to live on minimum wage for seven days. He says his goal is to raise awareness about the difficulty those earning less than $8.00 an hour face in an effort to push for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.  But, while activists praise the Miami Democrat’s efforts, they say his experience doesn’t come close to what those actually living life on minimum wage go through.

Florida Senator Dwight Bullard is living on minimum wage this week, and the Miami Democrat has just a little over a dollar left to spend. But, advocates for Florida’s underserved say the legislator’s circumstances don’t even approximate those of someone truly in need.

Senator Bullard said living on minimum wage is harder than he thought it would be.

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There are many bills in Florida this legislative session that deal with gun laws.  Some legislation calls for stronger restrictions on the use or sale of firearms, while others focus on deregulation and less constraint on guns.  Some lawmakers say they want more attention on the gun issue for real change to take place. 

Senators Honor Service Members, Remember One Of Their Own

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Tuesday the Florida Senate met to vote for the third time on proposed bills. But the Senators spent most of their time in the Chamber not debating the bills but remembering and honoring the men and women who served the state.

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Former Florida Senator Larcenia Bullard, who served in both chambers of the state Legislature for about 20 years, passed away over the weekend. She’s known as a lawmaker who was well-liked not only by her Democratic colleagues, but across the aisle as well. The following is a look back at one of her last days in the Florida Legislature when she bid farewell to the Florida Senate last year.

In Florida, the mother of Trayvon Martin and Democratic lawmakers are calling for the repeal of the state’s so-called “stand-your-ground” law. The bill to repeal the law comes nearly a year after neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed teen. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, stood flanked by Democratic lawmakers who’ve filed legislation to throw out Florida’s first-in-the-nation law that says people can use deadly force if they feel threatened.