Legislative Updates

NewFM Urges Rep. Diaz-Balart to Reject Trump’s Hateful Budget 

New Florida Majority Executive Director Andrea Mercado released the following statement as near 100 people rallied outside the offices of Rep. Mario Diaz Balart to urge his rejection of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.   “As our Members of Congress return home for the traditional August recess, it’s important that the people of Florida let them know not just our opinions…

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Five Things to Tell Miami Commisioners About the Miami Forever Bond

This Thursday, July 27, the City of Miami Commissioners will vote on whether or not to put Mayor Tomas Regalado's proposed Miami Forever Bond on the ballot this November. The community's voice is important to put this measure on the ballot this November and send a strong message to residents, investors and the media that our City is serious about investing in our future.

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Awake The State Jacksonville & Miami

Florida’s legislative session is in full swing and lawmakers will use the next 60 days to determine an annual budget. On opening day, NewFM Political Director, Dwight Bullard gave opening remarks at the Awake The State press conference in Miami and our North Florida Lead Organizer, Devin Coleman gave remarks in Jacksonville where organizations gathered,…

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Update On Florida Political Maps In The News

Many of our members have been asking us to explain what is happening with all the recent news about Florida’s redistricting and emergency sessions to make new maps. The Fair Districts Amendments and court victories have forced the legislature to make new Congressional and State Senate maps. This will make a big impact on the…

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Support The Voting Rights Advancement Act To Stop The War On Voting

  Key Provisions of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (H.B. 2867, S. 1659) Discriminatory Voter ID Laws Would Not Be Treated Differently Than Other Forms of Discrimination In Voting Its Protections Include Coverage Of All Southern States With Ongoing Discrimination: The following states would be immediately covered and have to submit any changes…

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Legislative Update: Week of May 4th — Wrap Up!

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director The 2015 regular legislative session was brought to an early end by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 28th due to a budget impasse with the Senate over the expansion of Medicaid. The State constitutes that the Florida Legislature passes a balanced budget…

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Legislative Update: Week of April 27th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Elections/Voting Rights Online Voter Registration Late Monday, Senator Jeff Clemens’ (D-Palm Beach) SB 228 passed the Senate 34 to 3. The bill, which would require the creation of an online voter registration application, had been placed on the Senate’s special order calendar for April 27.…

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Legislative Updates: Week of April 20th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Elections/Voting Rights On Wednesday, the Senate Ethics and Elections committee met to hear SB 1360 by Senator Tom Lee (R-Hillsborough). The bill originally required voter registration applications to contain the applicant’s address of legal residence, including an apartment, suite, lot, room, dormitory room number,…

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Legislative Update: Week of April 13th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Ethics and Elections The Senate Ethics and Elections committee met on Tuesday, April 7th and temporarily postponed the only bill on its agenda SB 840 by Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Broward).  The bill would remove the requirement that a write-in candidate must reside within the district of…

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Legislative Update: Week of April 6th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director SB 1442 by Senator Oscar Braynon II (D-parts of Miami-Dade and Broward) and HB 1139 by Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-Opa Locka) is legislation that outlines that voting is a fundamental right that should be enshrined into state law. This would require strict scrutiny, the highest standard of…

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