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Montford's First Commerce and Tourism Committe Meeting to Focus on Hurricane Recovery

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism, will lead the committee’s first meeting on hurricane effects and recovery efforts across the business community in Florida.
 
“Hurricane Irma was a catastrophic storm, the likes of which Florida has never seen,” Montford said in a press statement Wednesday. “We continue to face the long and complicated process of recovery statewide, from our businesses and tourist industry, the school systems, to agriculture and infrastructure, there was not an entity left untouched.

Insurance Task Force Created to Provide Advice to Lawmakers, Constituents

Responding to people’s confusion and frustration about their rights related to claims, the Florida Justice Association (FJA) announced Monday the creation of the FJA Insurance Emergency Response Task Force of leading insurance attorneys to assist Florida lawmakers and their constituents who have property insurance questions.

Hillary Goes Gunning for the NRA

Hillary Clinton lashed out at the National Rifle Association Monday, saying in a tweet, “Our grief isn’t enough, we can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

SFWMD Moving Water in Anticipation of Tropical Disturbance

South Florida Water Management District gates and flood control structures in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes are operating at maximum practical capacity to lower water levels in anticipation of a tropical disturbance passing over South Florida, according to a SFWMD statement. 

The disturbance is expected to drop heavy rains over areas still recovering from high water caused by Hurricane Irma. The SFWMD is coordinating with local water managers and drainage districts to prepare for the storm's expected impacts.

Gov. Scott Thanks First Responders with Free Fishing Licenses

Speaking in Sanford, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Florida’s law enforcement officers and first responders "will be able to enjoy license-free freshwater and saltwater fishing beginning today through June 30, 2018." 

Polk and Volusia Counties Flip from Democrat to Republican

As a result of the Republican Party of Florida's Project Majority Red, the party's statewide voter registration effort, Polk and Volusia Conty have both moved from majority Democrat to majority Republican, RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia has announced.

“... Polk and Volusia counties have officially joined the ranks and flipped,” Ingoglia said Wednesday. “For several election cycles, we have tirelessly worked to train and empower our grassroots leaders of the Republican Party because they are the lifeline to expanding our party. 

Corcoran Announces Creation of Select Committee on Hurricane Response

Speaker Richard Corcoran announced Tuesday the creation of the Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness. The Select Committee will gather information, solicit ideas for improvement, and make recommendations that can be utilized in the work plans of the appropriate standing committees.

Specifically, it will address issues such as protection of the elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable populations as well as look at evacuation and mitigation challenges for future storms

Justin Sayfie Joins Ballard’s Washington, D.C. Office

Florida-based government affairs firm Ballard Partners has announced Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner Justin Sayfie will move to Washington, D.C., where the seasoned government affairs strategist will enhance his focus on the federal government at the firm.

Citizens Opens Catastrophe Response Centers to Handle Irma Claims

Citizens Property Insurance Corporations has announced it is opening Catastrophe Response Centers (CRCs) in Florida City, Key Largo and Naples to assist customers recovering from Hurricane Irma. 

Citizens representatives and claims handling specialists are now available at these three sites from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., curfew permitting.

Judicial Watch Statement on Clinton Email Court Ruling

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding Thursday's ruling by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg that the Department of State must make public a FBI declaration detailing its efforts to retrieve Hillary Clinton’s government emails (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Rex Tillerson (No. 1:15-cv-00785)):
 

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