Legislative Updates

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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Legislative Update: Week of March 30th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Update: The Fundamental Right to Vote SB 1442 by Senator Oscar Braynon II (D-parts of Miami-Dade and Broward) and HB 1139 by Representative Cynthia Stafford are identical pieces of legislation that would recognizes voting as a fundamental right that should be enshrined into state…

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Legislative Update: Week of March 23th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Ethics and Elections The Senate Ethics and Elections committee met last week on Tuesday, March 17h and unanimously passed SB 386 by Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville)which allows a voter a to submit an in-state change of residence electronically. The committee also passed SB 228…

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Legislative Update: Week of March 16th

Provided by Moné Holder, The New Florida Majority’s Legislative & Policy Director Healthcare SB 7044 (Senate Health Policy PCB) passed unanimously out of the Health Policy committee on March 10th. This bill is an alternative to Medicaid expansion and would provide private health insurance to nearly 80,000 people by using federal dollars to covers those…

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