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US Senate Candidate Val Demings to Launch “Showing Up To Work Tour” in Jacksonville

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FILE - Congresswoman Val Demings delivers remarks at the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference at the Orange County Convention Center. (File photo: Willie David / Florida National News / FNN News Network)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Friday, November 4, 2022, at 7:00 pm., Chief Val Demings will launch her statewide “Showing Up to Work Tour” for the final days of the election. During the tour, Demings will hold GOTV events in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and Broward County encouraging voters to show up at the polls.

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State Rep. Jervonte Edmonds Bill on Advancing Opportunities in Education for Incarcerated Individuals Passes House Committee

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Representative Jervonte Edmonds (D- West Palm Beach) proudly announces the first successful committee vote for House Bill 767, a groundbreaking piece of legislation aimed at maintaining the resident status for tuition purposes for incarcerated individuals in Florida. This bill marks a significant step in providing fair and accessible educational opportunities for all Floridians, regardless of their circumstances.

House Bill 767 stipulates that individuals who have previously been classified as residents for tuition purposes will not lose this status solely due to their incarceration in state or federal correctional facilities within Florida. This ensures that once they are released, they have the same educational opportunities at state tuition rates as other residents.

 

“Education is a fundamental right and a powerful tool for rehabilitation and reintegration,” said Representative Edmonds. “With HB 767, we’re not just opening doors for continued education; we are reinforcing our commitment to every Floridian’s future, regardless of their past. This bill is about maintaining hope and providing a tangible path to betterment and contribution to society.”

The passage of HB 767 in its first committee is a testament to Florida’s dedication to reformative justice and equal educational opportunities. The bill highlights the state’s understanding of the importance of education in reducing recidivism, aiding in the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals, and building stronger, more inclusive communities.

Representative Edmonds extends his gratitude to his colleagues on the committee for their support and looks forward to working with them further to ensure the bill’s passage through the Florida Legislature. “This is more than a legislative victory; it’s a win for social justice, education equity, and the long-term prosperity of our state,” he added.

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Senator Linda Stewart files two criminal justice bills ahead of the 2024 legislative session

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Tallahassee, FL – In partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Senator Linda Stewart (D – Orlando) has filed two criminal justice bills ahead of the 2024 legislative session beginning January 9, 2024. These pieces of legislation will enable law enforcement to effectively serve the community and hold those who break the law accountable.

Luring or Enticing: This bill proposes that the penalty for luring or enticing a child for an unlawful purpose should be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. This would allow law enforcement to issue arrest warrants and search warrants when investigating these crimes.

Duty to Report: This legislation addresses failing to report a death as well as touching, removing, or disturbing a body with the intent to alter evidence. Currently, it is only a misdemeanor to not report a death or tamper with a body with intent to alter evidence, and this bill would increase the penalty to a third degree felony.

“I am always happy to work with our local law enforcement to ensure they have all the tools they need to keep our community safe. Not only will this legislation give Orange County’s law enforcement the ability to serve justice quickly, but law enforcement across the state of Florida will benefit as well.” said Stewart.

 

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Four to the Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Daniel Cage, Eli Dominitz, Jason Raymond and Christine Vanderpool to the Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council.
Daniel Cage
Cage is the Chief Executive Officer of SpeedChain, Inc. A former Chief Executive Officer of Linq3 Payments Technology, he is a current member of the American Transaction Processors Coalition’s Cyber Council. Cage earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.
Eli Dominitz
Dominitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Q6 Cyber. He is a former member of The Shul of Bal Harbour Board of Directors, the West Side Institutional Synagogue and GlobalOptions Group, Inc. Dominitz earned his bachelor’s degree from York University and his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.
Jason Raymond
Raymond is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Florida Blue. He was nominated in 2019 as the “Information Technology Leader of the Year” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Raymond earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Christine Vanderpool
Vanderpool is the Chief Information Security Officer for Florida Crystals Corporation. She is a current board member of the Tech Hub of South Florida and serves as Chair of the Evanta Chief Information Security Officer Florida Governing Body. Vanderpool earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of New Mexico.

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