Author: Teresa Jenkins

Update: Guidelines for Returning Citizens to Register to Vote

  Starting January 8, 2019, Floridians who have completed their sentences for previous felony convictions may register to vote (with the exception of those who committed murder and felony sex offenses). David Maer from the State Attorney’s Office and Public Defender Carlos Martinez clarified some of the questions we had regarding the implementation of Amendment …

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Former Felons Can Register to Vote on January 8, 2019

January 8 is a historic day in Florida. Amendment 4, passed by voters in November 2018, restores the right to vote for as many as 1.4 million former felons. Under Florida’s Constitution, it goes into effect on Tuesday, January 8. Before the amendment passed, those who served their time could apply for clemency to a …

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Democrats Pass Bill to Reopen the Government!

Say it loud and make it clear: the newly Democratic-controlled House approved a legislative package to reopen parts of the federal government.  The bill passed the House 241-190. And Democrats in the House approved a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new fall funding. The bill passed 239-192, …

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Lawmaker Tries to End Monopoly-Solar Stronghold

State Democratic Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez filed a bill that would, if enacted, legalize power-purchase agreements across Florida. Florida remains one of the last four states where it is illegal for property owners to sell home-generated solar power to others, including tenants. Statute 366.02 states that most anyone who sells power in Florida is considered …

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A Win for Abortion-Rights Advocates

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by two states — Kansas and Louisiana — that want to cut Medicaid funds from providers like Planned Parenthood. The decision to not hear the appeal means that the ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stands. The Appeals Court  told Kansas in …

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Legislative Liaison’s Mid Term Election Highlights

The mid-term elections are over and we didn’t get everything we wanted. However, we had a number of notable victories across the state and the country. Charlotte County turned-out to vote in historic numbers for a mid-term election Sixty-six percent of Charlotte County Democrats voted in the mid-term election Democrat Nikki Fried became Florida’s agriculture …

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Women’s March: Change Starts at Home!

January 2019 marks the 3rd annual Women’s March! The march in Ft. Myers  will be on January 20th, the day after the national event. Location:  Centennial Park, 2000 W. 1st Street, Ft. Myers Time:  10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. More Information: Womensmarchftmyers@gmail.com The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to …

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Stop Oil Exploration Seismic Tests off Florida’s Coast

Just days after Florida voters approved a ban on drilling in state-owned waters, the Trump Administration gave the green light to five oil and gas companies to use seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas deposits that could be buried in the sea floor from New Jersey to Florida. Such approvals will harm …

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Action Alert-Solving Climate Change

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173  was introduced on the Hill on November 27, 2018 by Democratic Representative Theodore Deutch, FL-22, with Republican and Democratic cosponsors. The bill places a fee on fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil. The money collected from the carbon fee will be distributed in equal shares …

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150-Year Old Jim Crow Era Law Ends!

  On November 6, 2018 we witnessed true democracy when Floridians voted overwhelmingly that individuals with felony convictions should have their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentence. A 150-year old Jim Crow Era law will end in 2019, a law that disenfranchised more people in the state of Florida than the total population …

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