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.
State Rep. Jervonte Edmonds Bill on Advancing Opportunities in Education for Incarcerated Individuals Passes House Committee
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.
Senator Linda Stewart files two criminal justice bills ahead of the 2024 legislative session
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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