Posts Tagged ‘David Richardson’

House committee advances lobbying ban; impeachment power for attorneys, public defenders

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Florida lawmakers advanced two key pieces of legislation through the House Thursday, including one to lengthen the period before elected officials could begin lobbying after their time in office.
The other bill would make state attorneys and public defenders in each judicial district eligible for impeachment under the governor’s power.
In an overwhelming vote, the House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee passed PCB PIE 17-01 and HJR 999, though there was thorough debate by both the public and committee members on each measure.
PCB PIE 17-01, which has yet to be given a bill number and was introduced by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, vice chair of the

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Does splitting bill in two edge Enterprise Florida closer to chopping block?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Democratic lawmaker David Richardson appears to be getting his Enterprise Florida wish from his conservative House colleagues.
The Miami Beach state rep won’t be getting a grant from the taxpayer-supported economic incentive organization; rather he’ll soon have a chance to help abolish it.
House leadership, headed by Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, will be splitting a bill aimed at eliminating Enterprise Florida and reducing Visit Florida’s taxpayer-funded tourism marketing budget by 67 percent into two bills, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The move incorporates feedback from a House Appropriations Committee last week.
“I have very little good to say about Enterprise Florida and

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Bill to kill business incentives, Enterprise Florida cleared for House floor

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
A House bill that would abolish the Enterprise Florida economic development organization, eliminate a throng of business incentive programs, and strip the VISIT FLORIDA tourism marketing agency down to a barebones $25 million budget cleared its second and final panel Tuesday.
That means the measure (HB 7005), OK’d by the House Appropriations Committee on an 18-12 vote, is ready to be considered by the full House when the 2017 Legislative Session begins March 7. 
The vote was another hit to Gov. Rick Scott, an advocate of both agencies and economic incentives, which he says create jobs for Floridians. In a statement, he again responded to the

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Lawmakers push to create registry of those convicted of animal cruelty

Monday, February 20th, 2017
A bipartisan bill that would prevent animals from being sold to or adopted by people who have been convicted of animal abuse has been filed in the Florida House of Representatives.
The bill (HB 871) is sponsored by South Florida Democrat Jared Moskowitz and David Richardson and Spring Hill Republican Blaise Ingoglia. It would create a publicly accessible animal abuse registry listing those convicted of felony crimes relating to animal cruelty. Under the legislation, pet dealers, animal shelters, and humane organizations would not be allowed to sell or allow animals to be adopted until they have verified that the person acquiring the animal is not

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.
On and off: Tiffany Harrington has replaced Heather Williamson as House staff director of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining.
On: Natron Curtis is the new district secretary for Gainesville Democratic Rep. Clovis Watson.
Off: Melissa Ullery is no longer legislative assistant for Panama City Republican Sen. George Gainer.
Off and on: George Fossett is the new legislative assistant for Miami Gardens Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon. Previously, Fossett served as district secretary for sunrise Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards.
Off and on: Patrick Steele replaced Riley Baldree as legislative assistant

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House panel OK’s lobbying ban extensions, won’t impeach judge

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
A new House ethics panel on Tuesday unanimously approved two measures as part of Speaker Richard Corcoran’s new “culture of transparency.”
One (PIE 17-01) would increase the ban on former lawmakers and statewide elected officers lobbying their colleagues after leaving office from two years to six years by way of a constitutional amendment.
The other (PIE 17-02) “extend(s) the prohibition on legislators lobbying the executive branch” from two to six years after leaving office.
Also Tuesday, Larry Metz—who chairs the Public Integrity and Ethics Committee—told members he had been quietly looking into articles of impeachment against a Jacksonville judge.

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Bill banning ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT teens returns to the Florida House

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
A bill banning “conversion therapy” for LGBT teens was filed Tuesday in the Florida House, surfacing for the second consecutive year.
HB 273, filed by Miami Beach Democrat David Richardson, defines “conversion therapy,” and prohibits such therapy for minors.
The bill defines conversion therapy as a “practice or treatment” designed to change a person’s sexual orientation — a phrase that includes gender identity and gender expression in this context.
Richardson’s measure does include a qualifier — counseling as part of gender transition is not considered to be conversion therapy.
It also includes a broad spectrum of disciplines barred from this practice with minors: “medical

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Ban the bag, South Florida lawmaker says

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A South Florida lawmaker is trying again to establish pilot programs in coastal communities to outlaw plastic shopping bags.

State Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat, filed his bill (HB 93) on Tuesday. Similar legislation has been filed in recent years.
Richardson’s bill would let municipalities with pilot programs “enact an ordinance for the regulation or ban of disposable plastic bags.”
Such regulations or bans would be short-lived, however, taking effect “no earlier than January 1, 2018, and expires no later than June 30, 2020.”
Such an ordinance “may not include any new taxes or fees,” the bill says. One previous version of the

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There oughta be a T-shirt for the David Richardson Tour

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

State Representative — and glutton for punishment — David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) brought his lonely crusade for improved prison infrastructure to the Columbia Correctional Institution on Thanksgiving Eve, giving inmates and guards the rare gift of something to be grateful for.
Florida’s correctional facilities have been decaying for decades, out of sight and out of mind except when there’s a riot, or bad publicity, or bad publicity caused by a riot.
Self-styled “one-man band” Richardson has taken it upon himself to change the public attention paradigm with a series of surprise visits to the decrepit, dangerous Big Houses located in places few

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.
Off: Mary Kassabaum is no longer legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
Off: Caroline Crow is no longer district secretary for Rockledge Republican state Sen. Thad Altman.
On: Matthew Hunter is returning as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.
Off: Sean Nixon is no longer legislative assistant for Cutler Bay Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard.
Off: Kyle Langan is no longer legislative assistant for Inverness Republican state Sen. Charlie Dean.
Off and on: Allison Hess Sitte is no longer legislative assistant for Niceville Republican state Sen. Don

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