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South Florida Dems: Give Sales Tax Exemption on Home Improvement Items to Seniors, Disabled

August 30, 2019 - 7:00am

Two South Florida Democrats proposed a bill this week to exempt the sales tax for home improvement purchases for seniors and the disabled. 

State Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, and state Rep. Joe Casello, D-Boynton Beach, teamed up to propose a bill would exempt bed transfer handles, bed rails, grab bars and shower seats from sales tax. 

The two sponsors insisted their bill would help seniors and the disabled remain independent and living in their own homes. The South Florida Democrats have championed the proposal before. 

Ben Carson: HUD Sending Almost $5 Million to Palm Beach County to Help Homeless Youth

August 30, 2019 - 7:00am
Ben Carson

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Thursday it is sending almost $5 million to Palm Beach County to help end youth homelessness in South Florida. 

HUD is sending  $4,932,359 to Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, part of $75 million being sent around the nation through its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).

Buchanan Would Expand Federal Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund

August 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Vern Buchanan

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., pushed for a federal fund to teach students about the Holocaust. 

At the start of the year, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, introduced the “Never Again Education Act." The bill would have the U.S. Education Department create the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, expanding middle and high school education on the Holocaust. More than 200 members of the House, including Buchanan, are cosponsoring the proposal.

Gun Control PAC Will Target Rubio and Scott with TV Ads Sooner Rather than Later

August 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

While U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., won’t face voters until 2022 and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., doesn’t have to run for a second term until 2024, a PAC backing more gun control has said it won't wait: It will run TV ads against them in the coming days. 

South Florida Democrats File Holocaust Education Proposal in Tallahassee

August 27, 2019 - 6:00am

Two Democrats from South Florida in the Legislature want to increase the focus on Holocaust education in the Sunshine State. 

On Monday, state Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Boca Raton, and state Rep. Rep. Tina Polsky, D-Boca Ration, brought out the “Holocaust Education Act.” The legislation would have the Florida Department of Education create curriculum standards on teaching the Holocaust and have traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools which accept vouchers follow it. 

The two South Florida Democrats’ offices weighed in on why the bill was needed. 

Florida Congressmen: Make '9-8-8' the National Suicide Hotline Number

August 27, 2019 - 6:00am
John Rutherford, Mike Waltz, Alcee Hastings and Darren Soto

Four congressmen from the Sunshine State are backing a proposal to have easily remembered “9-8-8” as the code for the national suicide hotline.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, brought out the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.” The bill would designate “9-8-8” as a universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which is run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.

Ashley Moody, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Focus on Mental Health Challenge in Legal System

August 24, 2019 - 6:00am
Charles Canady, Ashley Moody and Paul Renner at the Roundtable

At the end of the week, state Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady, hosted the latest in a series of roundtable events tackling mental health challenges in the Florida legal and law enforcement systems. 

Moody and Canady were joined at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee by judges and experts from across the state to weigh in on mental health and strategies to lower recidivism, increase public safety and cut down on taxpayer expenses.

Florida Delegation Backs Commerce Department's New Deal With Mexican Tomato Growers

August 23, 2019 - 6:00am

Members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill are backing a new agreement with Mexican tomato growers which, they say, will help farmers in the Sunshine State. 

Rick Scott Praises Israel, Takes Aim at Palestinian Leadership and Maduro Regime

August 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Rick Scott at the Western Wall Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., continued his tour of Israel on Wednesday, contrasting that nation with Palestine and taking aim at the Maduro regime in Venezuela. 

Scott and U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., have been visiting Israel this week, meeting with leaders of that nation’s government on the ties between the two countries, talking about economic and military ties. 

Ron DeSantis, Stephanie Murphy Showcase Central Florida's Fight Against Opioids

August 21, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis and Stephanie Murphy

On Tuesday, elected officials from both sides of the aisle took steps to help Central Florida crack down on opioids. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis,  Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and religious and business leaders met at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando as part of “Project Opioid.”

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