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Democrat Daniel Silvers gears up for a 2016 run, this time in HD 89

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Daniel Silvers collected more money than any other Democratic challenger during a 2014 cycle that was difficult for House Dems, raising some $286,000 in a five-point loss to Republican state Rep. Bill Hager in District 89, based in coastal Palm Beach County. He’ll likely need to keep it up in 2016 as he jumps into a race in a new, safer seat recently vacated by incumbent state Rep. Dave Kerner, who has opted to seek local office on the Palm Beach County…

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House committee passes bill to allow private adoption agencies to deny gay adoption

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The Florida House Judiciary Committee today passed a controversial “conscience protection” bill (HB 7111) that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse child placements with gay couples. Conscience protection legislation grants a person or an entity the ability to refuse to perform an otherwise required duty, because the individual or entity violates their religious or moral conviction, explained the bill’s sponsor, Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur. Brodeur maintained that the bill was not proposed (in the middle of the legislative session)…

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Jack Latvala to pursue human trafficking legislation with House Dem Dave Kerner

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Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala announced yesterday that he will seek passage of SB 534 a bill to increase reporting of human trafficking by expanding the public’s awareness of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. The proposal would mandate that the number be posted in all Florida transportation hubs and establishments near major roads, where employees and patrons are most likely encounter victims and perpetrators of trafficking. “Human trafficking is a sick, but profitable criminal enterprise that affects up to 300,000 children and…

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