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Bill would add ‘gender identity’ to hate crimes

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Legislation filed in the Florida House would add violence against an individual based on “gender or gender identity” to the state’s list of hate crimes. Rep. Joseph Geller, an Aventura Democrat, filed the bill (HB 211) Tuesday.

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Joe Gruters files ‘political’ hate crimes bill

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A House member has filed proposed legislation to add violence based on “political affiliation or beliefs” to the state’s list of hate crimes.

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Florida House goes Michael Bay with Irma recovery video

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The Florida House of Representatives graphics team has done it again, putting together an uplifting 5-minute clip about the state’s recovery after Hurricane Irma.

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Legislative committee week cancelled

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Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran have cancelled next week’s legislative committee week because of Hurricane Irma, they said in separate memos to members Wednesday.

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Sides seek more time in $700M Lottery lawsuit

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The Florida Lottery and the House of Representatives are seeking an extension in which to settle a pending lawsuit over a $700 million contract for new equipment, court records show. Lottery outside counsel Barry Richard and House general counsel Adam Tanenbaum asked the 1st District Court of Appeal that they “be permitted to provide another status report to the court by Oct. 31.” Last Thursday was the previous deadline for a status report.

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Former lawmaker Dwayne Taylor guilty of misusing campaign contributions

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A former state lawmaker was convicted Thursday of misusing campaign funds. Dwayne L. Taylor, 49, was found guilty in federal court on all nine counts of wire fraud for using campaign contributions to pay for personal items that ranged from a wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to a meal at McDonald’s, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

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First Amendment Foundation backing Richard Corcoran on transparency

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The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, says it is supporting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “efforts on (tourism money) transparency and accountability.” In a letter to Corcoran sent Tuesday by foundation President Barbara Petersen, the group responded to Corcoran’s recent “comments in the Orlando Sentinel regarding the need for transparency and accountability for tourism development organizations spending tax dollars to promote the interests of local communities.” “We agree with your statements, Mr. Speaker, and…

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