Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

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Citing what they say is a tremendous public and private cost to Floridians from divorce, two Republican state legislators want to create a “Florida Guide to Healthy Marriages.” They’ve filed a bill to do so for the coming legislative session.

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Governor Ron DeSantis today signed off on a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida.  The effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law.

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The Florida Cabinet has joined a growing list of officials weighing in on a Florida lawmaker's controversial anti-gay exchange with a constituent. 

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A group of Florida House and Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday to detail their legislative agenda to prevent gun violence. The lawmakers also had a guest speaker who survived a mass shooting, and others advocating for more safeguards.

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One Florida House Democrat is accusing a colleague of bullying and threatening her at a meeting of party leaders over the weekend.

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As Venezuela grapples with economic and political instability, some Florida lawmakers want Congress to take action in an effort to provide relief to the country’s citizens.

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A group of lawmakers and advocates held a Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Capitol Tuesday to honor those killed by anti-trans violence. Democratic State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith says Florida lawmakers can do more to protect transgender Floridians. First and foremost, Smith says, the Legislature can pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

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It is standard protocol for police, firefighters, and paramedics to run toward the danger. Over time, that can take a toll on the mental health of first responders. Now, a measure in Florida’s Legislature is focusing on protecting first responders who experience PTSD as a result of such a stressful job. 

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Cannabis Advocates and Representative Carlos Guillermo-Smith want to re-classify misdemeanor criminal offenses for marijuana possession. It would make possession under 20 grams a civil violation. 

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Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, Florida lawmakers believe the State has been inactive when tackling the issue of displaced Puerto Ricans. This has opened the floodgates for an issue Florida has been dealing with for years.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s grassroots Poor People’s Campaign ended as soon as it started. But, nearly 50 years later, the coalition is reforming across the nation. A group in Florida has formed its own sect of the campaign, one of 32 states. And on Monday, at a press conference, the group announced its new objectives. 

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While it’s so far gone nowhere in the state Senate, a proposal critics are dubbing the “union-busting bill” has passed the Florida House.

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While House and Senate Republicans trade bitter recriminations over a budget impasse, a fiery Democratic freshman from Orlando is launching the Progressive Legislative Caucus.