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Senate panel OKs beer bill — that beer companies hate

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
A bill that—as one beer-company insider put it—could allow theme parks to “extort” advertising dollars out of them cleared a Senate panel this week.
The legislation (SB 388), which allows beer companies to advertise in theme parks, was OK’d unanimously by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee with scant attention.
It chips away at the state’s “tied house evil” law by allowing ads, which could include a beer company sponsoring a concert or festival within a park. And ironically, the companies don’t want the law changed.
Moreover, a previous version of the bill theoretically could have allowed beer makers to stock the inside of any Florida bar or tavern with ads

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Travis Hutson’s redistricting bill moves to Senate 3rd reading calendar

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
SB 352, a Travis Hutson bill intended to streamline the handling of redistricting cases in state courts, moved from the special order calendar to third reading Wednesday.
The bill is intended to encourage judges to conduct redistricting actions in the sunshine, including public hearings involving potential district maps, keeping minutes of closed-door meetings on the plan, facilitating public comment on maps and plans, and complete records retention of all emails and documents.
The last decade has been fraught with challenges related to post-2010 reapportionment, including four years of litigation and eight separate opinions from the Florida Supreme Court.
Hutson noted that the bill “locks the

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Mexico Consul, ACLU, Civil Rights groups blast immigrant crime bill

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
The Consul of the Mexican Consulate in Orlando and several groups blasted a Florida senate bill Wednesday that would make one set of criminal codes for undocumented immigrants and another for everyone else.
Mexico Consul Juan Sabines Guerrero called Senate Bill 120 “condemnable by society as a whole” as he and representatives of the ACLU and several Civil Rights organizations called, at the Mexican Consulate in Orlando, for the Florida Legislature to stop the bill.
SB 120, sponsored by Republican Travis Hutson of Palm Coast, would require that any criminal charges against undocumented immigrants be upgraded. A first-degree misdemeanor charge brought against

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Dana Young says Bob Buckhorn should support utility legislation

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says a bill co-introduced by Tampa state Senator Dana Young would take away local control of public spaces, but Young says that the mayor has it wrong in his concerns about what the bill will actually do.
“Telecommunications companies are pushing SB 596 and HB 687, legislation that would allow them to place small refrigerator-sized equipment, and even towering poles, on public rights of way. If passed, local governments would have no control over where this communications equipment would be placed or how it would look,” Buckhorn writes in an op-ed published in the Tampa Bay Times. “This idea tramples on the authority of the very local officials

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Senate redistricting bill clears last review panel

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
A bill aimed at streamlining the handling of political redistricting court cases cleared its last committee Thursday.
The legislation (SB 352) was OK’d by the Senate Rules Committee on a 7-3 party-line vote. It’s now ready for the full Senate.
It also “encourages” courts “to follow certain procedures to maintain public oversight when drafting a remedial redistricting plan,” the bill’s analysis says.
That’s because bill sponsor Travis Hutson, an Elkton Republican, was concerned that previous redistricting cases were decided “behind closed doors, outside of the public eye” by judges, he said.
“We need more transparency,” Hutson told the committee.
To

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Redistricting overhaul barely clears second Senate panel

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A bill aimed at speeding up the handling of political redistricting court cases cut it close Tuesday, clearing its second Senate committee by a 4-3 party-line vote.

The legislation (SB 352) was OK’d by the Senate Ethics and Election Committee, with all three Democrats on the panel voting no.
The bill is a response to court challenges over the state’s redrawn districts after the 2010 Census.
“The Florida Supreme Court issued eight separate apportionment opinions, the trial court issued additional opinions, and litigation spanned nearly 4 years in the state courts,” a staff analysis said.
“The litigation often proved confusing to candidates hoping to qualify and

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Impressive roster of GOP state leaders lineup for Ed Hooper Tallahassee fundraiser

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Clearwater Republican Ed Hooper is assembling an impressive number of high-profile state lawmakers for a Tallahassee reception next month. Hooper, a former state representative, is seeking the open Senate District 16 seat currently held by Jack Latvala.
Hooper’s campaign fundraiser will be Monday, March 6, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Governors Club, 202 South Adams Street.
The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of GOP state leaders, including Senate President Joe Negron and nearly all the Pinellas County/Hillsborough delegation: Sens. Latvala, Bill Galvano, Wilton Simpson, Dana Young and Jeff Brandes.
Republican senators from beyond the Tampa Bay area

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Is tobacco bond cap repeal already dead for 2017 Session?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Legislation that would repeal the limit on the amount of money tobacco companies have to put up as appellate bonds could well be dead for the 2017 Legislative Session, which doesn’t even start till March 7. 
Legislative committees have already been meeting on bills, including HB 6011 and SB 100, which would kill the “bond cap” for tobacco companies that want to appeal judgments against them by former smokers.
But both bills were “temporarily postponed” in recent weeks, often a sign the bill sponsors don’t quite have the votes needed for passage lined up.
Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican who sits on the committee, and state Rep. Danny

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Bill benefiting craft distilleries clears Senate Regulated Industries

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee OK’d a bill benefiting Florida’s craft distilleries, clearing a path for distillers to get their product to more people.
The bill (SB 166) increases the amount of booze a distillery can product and still be considered “craft” to 250,000 gallons, up from 75,000; removes the limit on how many bottles distillers can sell to consumers, even though bottles can’t be bigger than 1.75 liters; and allows distillers to sell their liquor not just in an on-site gift shop, but also in “one other approved sales room located in the same county as the distillery’s production

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Redistricting overhaul clears first Senate panel

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
A bill aimed at speeding up the handling of political redistricting court cases breezed through its first Senate committee on Tuesday.
The legislation (SB 352) was OK’d by the Senate Judiciary Committee with only state Sen. Bobby Powell, a Riviera Beach Democrat, voting against it.
“I do believe it’s initially incumbent on us to be transparent so we don’t wind up in these situations,” Powell said. “This is something that basically we brought on ourselves.”
The bill is a response to court challenges over the state’s redrawn districts after the 2010 Census.
“What occurred in 2012 was quite different than previous redistricting efforts,”

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Travis Hutson telecom bill would preempt right of way regulation

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Newly filed legislation could affect how much power local governments have to regulate the right of way when it comes to telecommunications equipment.
Sen. Travis Hutson, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries committee, filed the “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act” (SB 596) on Monday. The bill, among other things, would prohibit the Department of Transportation and certain local governments from prohibiting, regulating or charging for placing small wireless facilities in rights of way.
Under Hutson’s bill, local governments can’t require applicants to perform services unrelated to the approval that’s being sought, like reserving fiber or pole space for the governmental agency.

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Travis Hutson talks ‘The Process’ and Regulated Industries

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In St. Augustine Wednesday for the St. Johns County Delegation meeting, Sen. Travis Hutson discussed a variety of topics with FloridaPolitics.com.
Hutson expects an interesting year.
Among the topics: The Process and his chairmanship of the Senate’s Regulated Industries committee.
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The ongoing Cold War between Senate and House leadership looms over the session at large.
Hutson isn’t as pessimistic as some media covering it, however.
“Who knows what’s going to happen? There’s no guarantees in Tallahassee,” Hutson said.
“The process has always been, the initial offer’s made from either side and we go through conferencing to kind of balance out those budgets through subcommittees,” Hutson

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St. Johns Legislative Delegation hears county wish list

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
On Wednesday, the St. Johns County Commission presented its ambitious legislative action plan to the county’s legislative delegation in what is destined to be, in the words of Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, a “tough budget year.”
The ambitious 73 page plan covers “transportation funding, water quality, beach renourishment, open space and land conservation grants, and unfunded state and federal mandates.”
Transportation asks for the fast-growing Northeast Florida county are significant, including $95 million for the proposed State Road 313 (SR 313) Extension/Bypass from State Road 207 (SR 207) to State Road 16 (SR 16) (and $30 million more for right of way acquisition and

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Florida Senate bill seeks expedited hearings for district map changes

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
A bill filed Thursday in the Florida Senate would fast-track court rulings in challenges to electoral district boundaries, while requiring current boundaries to be used if the ruling isn’t rendered in a timely fashion.
Senate Bill 352, filed by Elkton Republican Travis Hutson, seeks to resolve uncertainty among candidates and voters alike – a utilitarian measure in the light of high-profile recent challenges to Florida Senate boundaries as well as to those of the United States House of Representatives.
Challenges to boundaries in legislative races must be given an expedited hearing, according to the bill.
If a ruling is not rendered by

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Senate plans 4-hour hearing on gambling bill coming Thursday

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
The Senate’s gambling legislation for 2017 will be filed this Thursday, according to state Sen. Bill Galvano.
Bet on a lot of talk about it: The Regulated Industries Committee has set aside four hours to discuss it at its next meeting.
A tentative schedule posted Wednesday on the Senate’s website shows its Jan. 25 meeting beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The committee oversees gambling policy.
Committee chair Travis Hutson, said his members will begin going over the bill being handled by Galvano, one of the lawmakers who helped draft the 2010 Seminole Compact,
The Miami Herald reported late Monday that lawmakers were close to a deal

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Florida Senate bill would hike penalties for felon movers

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
A bill filed in the Florida Senate on Wednesday would hike penalties for moving companies who hire felons and give them access to customers’ homes and property.
Senate Bill 336, filed by Elkton Republican Sen. Travis Hutson, would amend statute related to residential movers, penalizing companies that fail to disclose in writing that a moving company employee with access to property has been convicted of a felony.
Each violation of the amended statute would be a Class IV civil penalty, requiring a fine of at least $10,000.
Companies that don’t pay these civil fines could have their registrations not renewed, if they don’t

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Blaise Ingoglia touts support from state senators in Florida GOP chair re-election bid

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Nearly a dozen state senators are throwing their support behind Blaise Ingoglia’s bid to keep his job as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday the support of 10 state senators, including former Majority Leader Bill Galvano and former House Majority Leader and newly elected Sen. Dana Young.
“Over this past election cycle, there has been a lot of rhetoric from the Florida Democrat Party, the media and those who wanted the grassroots to fail, by trying to give the appearance that the Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Senate have not been unified

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Constitutional amendment sought to boost Florida’s budget stabilization fund

Monday, December 12th, 2016
A joint resolution filed last week by State Sen. Travis Hutson would turn vetoed appropriations into the Budget Stabilization fund’s gain.
That is, if the voters approve a Constitutional Amendment to that effect
Senate Joint Resolution 116 proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would require the transfer of the amount of a vetoed specific appropriation originating from the General Revenue Fund to the Budget Stabilization Fund.
The proposed legislation also stipulates that the amount transferred may not be used in calculating the Budget Stabilization Fund’s principal balance limitation, and to provide for the transfer of funds for vetoed specific appropriations that are reinstated.
The proposed

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New bill targets crimes from ‘violent illegal immigrants’

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
A bill filed for the 2017 Legislative Session by Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Dane Eagle seeks to enhance penalties for violent crimes from illegal immigrants.
“Reclassification of crimes” legislation would increase penalties for violent crimes committed by illegals by one degree from the baseline penalty.
A third degree misdemeanor would become a second degree misdemeanor, and so on, under this legislation, which sees escalations similar to current hate crimes legislation (a genre which will see expansion this session, via enhanced penalties for hate crimes against law enforcement.)
Hutson, who hails from St. Johns County, notes in a press release that he is “focused

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Northeast Florida Senators to feature heavily on Appropriations Committee

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Northeast Florida Senators Aaron Bean, Rob Bradley, Audrey Gibson, and Travis Hutson all have new committee assignments. And happily for Northeast Florida, the first three listed will be in a position to have say over the upper house’s purse strings in the coming session.
Sen. Bean will be one of three First Coast Delegation Members on the Appropriations Committee, with leadership roles on two subcommittees: the chair of Criminal and Civil Justice, and the vice-chair of General Government.
Bean, who represents part of Duval and all of Nassau County, will also sit on the Community Affairs, Criminal Justice, and Ethics and Elections committees.
Sen. Bradley likewise

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Bipartisan backing finds Tracie Davis, but Mark Griffin holds HD 13 money lead

Monday, October 24th, 2016
In recent debates and interviews with this outlet, HD 13 Democrat Tracie Davis has discussed being trusted by both sides of the aisle.
Davis’ latest campaign finance report, spanning the gap between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, shows that trust for Davis, who just got into the race as a general election candidate in early October.
Davis raised $5,200 in that week, including from political action committees that make a habit of supporting Republicans as much as they do Democrats.
The “Citizens for Principled Leadership” political committee  gave Davis $1,000 on Oct. 10. The committee has also given money in the past to Republicans,

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Travis Hutson calls on FDEP to review ‘severe beach erosion’

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Among the impacts of Hurricane Matthew: beach erosion, an especially acute problem in St. Johns, Flagler, and Volusia counties.
Tuesday, State Sen. Travis Hutson, who represents the affected area, called on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to review the Atlantic coast erosion problem and move toward meaningful redress.
“Hurricane Matthew has caused severe beach erosion threatening real estate and tourism along the East Coast,” said Sen. Hutson in his letter to the FDEP.
“I am requesting that the Department of Environmental Protection look into this matter. Please consider doing a full assessment of our East Coast beaches, provide the Legislature with a plan

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Northeast Florida Builders roll out general election endorsements

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
On Thursday, the Northeast Florida Builders Association rolled out its general election endorsements.
The NEFBA slate is heavy on incumbents and people either running unopposed or poised to win safe elections.
The most interesting endorsement: Reggie Fullwood, the indicted incumbent in House District 13, instead of Republican pastor Mark Griffin.
Fullwood was the only Democrat to get the NEFBA nod.
In other house races, Cord Byrd, Clay Yarborough, Jay Fant, and Jason Fischer, running against write-ins in HD 11, 12, 14 and 16 respectively, got endorsements. As did Bobby Payne in HD 19 over Democrat Hubert Snodgrass, and Paul Renner over Adam Morley in HD 24.
Elsewhere in Duval races, Ronnie Fussell was the choice for re-election in the Duval

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Travis Hutson begins spending in general election campaign

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Incumbent Travis Hutson is facing a lightly-funded challenger in his re-election bid for SD 7, but he’s already started spending money.
As of his most recent campaign finance report, Hutson spent $20,014 in the period between Sept. 3 and Sept. 16.
The bulk of that money went to political consultants.
Of that sum, $12,200 went to Tallahassee’s Front Street Consulting.
And $6,000 went to the Pass Consulting Group.
Hutson raised $1,000 in the two week period, and has just under $49,000 on hand … though fundraising certainly would not be a problem for him if necessary.
Hutson’s opponent, Curtis Ceballos, has yet to file his most recent numbers.
But he

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