Representative Dane Eagle

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While a raft of immigration legislation is moving through the Florida House, similar proposals in the Senate appear to be on the back burner.

Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral)
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A House panel faced stiff opposition as it passed a measure assigning heightened punishments to undocumented immigrants.

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A pair of bills to increase school bus safety passed their first House committee Tuesday. 


Suicide is the third leading cause of death among Florida’s youth, and a newly signed law aims to promote youth suicide prevention training in schools.

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A couple of state lawmakers as well as some suicide prevention advocates are hoping to cut down on suicides, mainly among Florida youth.

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Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday.


Several bills aimed at reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system cleared another hurdle in the House Monday.

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The Florida House of Representatives cleared out several proposals Friday, sending them to the senate.

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A divided Florida House committee has given its approval to a measure which could put more guns in schools. It’s similar to proposals that have been considered – and, in most cases, rejected, in other states. But the military veteran who proposed it hopes a change he’s made to the formula will help it pass.

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Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) says she’s considering running in the special election that will be held to replace Congressman Trey Radel (R-19th).

Radel’s seat will come open after the congressman was convicted on federal drug charges after federal agents sold him cocaine in Washington, D.C. He’d originally pledged not to step down, but sent letters Monday to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner  (R-Ohio), Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Governor Rick Scott announcing he’d heed calls to resign.

A bill that aims to make Florida parents take more responsibility over their juvenile kids who commit a crime is expected to be taken up Tuesday in its second committee stop. But, the measure could look a little different, after concerns were raised at its last stop about how different parts of the bill could negatively impact parents.

Republican Representative Dane Eagle of Cape Coral says he was driven to file the bill (HB 785) as a result of an e-mail from one of the people he represents in his district.