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Bill would rein in community redevelopment agencies

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A measure to overhaul community redevelopment agencies (CRAs), a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, has been filed for the 2018 Legislative Session. Rep. Jake Raburn, a Lithia Republican, is sponsoring the bill (HB 17).

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Wengay Newton warns Tampa City Council about CRA threats

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Brandon-area state Sen. Tom Lee and Lithia Rep. Jake Raburn rankled members of the Tampa City Council earlier this year after they learned of the legislative proposal that would ultimately prevent cities and counties from creating Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA’s). While the bill did not make it to Gov. Rick Scott‘s desk, it might next year, St. Petersburg House Democrat Wengay Newton warned Thursday.

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Tampa City Council wants lawmakers to explain bill that would have gutted CRA’s

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A proposal by Lithia Republican Jake Raburn (HB 13) calling for an end to all community redevelopment agencies (CRA’s) died in a legislative committee in the Florida House last month. And members of the Tampa City Council are happy about that. Raburn’s bill didn’t go as far as a related proposal by Brandon Republican Tom Lee in the Senate (SB 1770). That bill would have placed much stricter requirements on CRA’s, but it also stalled in a committee as well. At Thursday’s Tampa…

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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting

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Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take their weapons to airports, government meetings and state universities, and would be in a better position to protect themselves and others if a mass shooting should erupt in one of those places. “Anytime you create a gun-free zone, you essentially are creating a safe…

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Hillsborough County state House members get their committee assignments

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Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran assigned committee assignments to all 80 members of the Florida House of Representatives on Monday. Listed below are the assignments from those lawmakers based in Hillsborough County: Zephyrhills House District 38 Danny Burgess will chair the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. He’ll also serve on the Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; the Judiciary Committee; the Commerce Committee and the Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee. Tampa House Minority Leader…

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Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting set for December 16

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With Tallahassee a four-hour drive away, the annual meeting of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation to be held in two weeks in Tampa could very possibly be the only time local residents can address their state representative(s). That meeting will take place on Friday, December 16 at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, from 9 a.m. to 3.p.m. The Delegation consists of 13 members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives that represent all or…

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Guns-in-airports bill resurfaces for 2017 Legislative Session

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A Florida House member has reintroduced legislation that would allow people to carry firearms inside airport terminals. State Rep. Jake Raburn, a Lithia Republican, filed HB 6001 on Wednesday. The measure would eliminate the words “passenger terminal” of airports from a list of places where state law forbids people to carry guns. The measure also would eliminate language requiring that guns be “encased for shipment” in aircraft baggage holds. Raburn submitted his proposal for the 2017 legislative session. He proposed…

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