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Paul Renner gears up ahead of 2016 re-election bid

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Republican state Rep. Paul Renner may have just joined the Florida House, but already he is getting a taste of the “permanent campaign” that characterizes the chamber. After officially taking office following a swearing-in ceremony on April 7 along with state Rep. Cyndi Stevenson — another electoral beneficiary of the long tail of state Sen. John Thrasher‘s exit from the Legislature in favor of assuming the presidency of Florida State University — Renner filed his re-election paperwork just one month later, on…

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Gary Mendell: Life-saving measure passes Florida Legislature to combat drug overdoses

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Florida lawmakers passed a life-saving measure which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. The newly passed legislation will drastically diminish a tragic and far-too-common occurrence – death resulting from a drug overdose. This public health crisis has, up until now, burdened the citizens and communities of Florida. My organization, Shatterproof, would like to applaud this momentous achievement and urge Florida’s continued progress toward policies aimed at mitigating addiction. Thousands of lives will be saved next year because…

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Florida Legislature passes expanded access to overdose treatment drug

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Florida lawmakers approved a medication that could save lives during a drug overdose, with a bill now awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature. On Tuesday, the Legislature passed SB 758/HB 751, known as the Emergency Treatment for Opioid Overdose Act, which increases availability of Naloxone, a drug that immediately reverses effects of opioids — prescription painkillers, heroin and the like — in the event of an overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44,000 people lost their lives to…

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New NE Florida lawmakers receive committee assignments

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Fresh off easy general election victories in special elections to fill vacancies left in the wake of former state Sen. John Thrasher‘s move from the Legislature to the helm of Florida State University, three newly minted legislators representing the northeastern corner of Florida received their committee assignments this week. State Sen. Travis Hutson of Elkton, who replaced Thrasher in District 6, will sit on the following committee panels: Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, Commerce and Tourism,…

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Republicans sweep NE Florida House, Senate special elections

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Rep. Travis Hutson prevailed big time in his bid to jump up to the Legislature’s upper chamber today, defeating Democratic nominee Adam Cox by a margin 69.7 to 30.3 with all precincts reporting. Hutson will become senator-elect in District 6 tonight at midnight. Down the ballot, the battle to replace Hutson — who in turn is resigning from the House to take former state Sen. John Thrasher‘s old seat — in House District 24 was won by Paul Renner, who thrashed Democrat Adam Morley, garnering 67 percent of…

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John Thrasher-induced limbo to be resolved in Northeast Florida special elections Tuesday

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The long tail of legislative seat-hopping put into motion when former Sen. John Thrasher decided to resign to become Florida State University’s new president will come to an end Tuesday. Special elections are slated to be held in Senate District 6 — Thrasher’s old seat — as well as House Districts 24 and 17, which Reps. Travis Hutson and “Doc” Renuart were enticed to leave in order to pursue Thrasher’s spot in the upper chamber, respectively. Though somewhat more votes are expected to be cast…

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Early voting in NE Florida special elections starts today

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The long tail of John Thrasher‘s decision to leave the Senate to assume the presidency of Florida State University will finally come to an end two weeks from now, when special elections to fill the legislative vacancies left in his wake are held on April 7. Early voting in three statehouse special elections begins Saturday March 28 and ends Saturday, April 4 before elections take place the following Tuesday. Voters will take to the polls in Senate District 6, Thrasher’s…

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