Bill aiming to curb wastewater discharges advances

Florida Politics Click Here to Read Online After Hurricane Irma swept through the state, power outages resulted in 989 wastewater spills, totaling more than 9 million gallons of unauthorized sewage release. Legislation (HB 837) sponsored by Plantation Democratic state Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole would attempt to reduce those discharges by helping …

Bill Allowing Prison Officials To Recruit 18-Year-Olds Moving In Florida Legislature

WFSU Click Here to Read Online A bill allowing Florida prison officials to recruit more young correctional officers is continuing to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. After speaking with Prison Chief Julie Jones, Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is sponsoring Senate bill 854 authorizing the Florida Department …

Legislative Push For Another Death Penalty Fix Narrowly Passes First Committee

WFSU Click Here to Read Online Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. A panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part …

Senate committee approves bill protecting information stored on new electronic devices

The Capitolist Click Here To Read Online A proposal aimed at ensuring information stored on cell phones and other portable electronic devices would be protected by privacy laws passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 1256 prohibits “the intentional, unlawful access, without authorization, to a cellular phone, …

Report: If Lawmakers Don’t Do Anything, Fla. Prison Population Will Increase

WFSU Click Here to Read Online If Florida lawmakers don’t do anything policy wise soon, the state’s prison population could increase. That’s according to a report commissioned by the Florida Senate to promote the need for prison reform. The report is called “Data-Driven Solutions to Improve Florida’s Criminal Justice System.” …

Florida House, Senate Start Work On Criminal Justice Budget Proposals

WFSU Click Here to Read Online About $5 million separates the Florida House and Senate’s criminal justice budget. But, while there are some differences, there are areas where both chambers agree. The Senate’s budget proposal is just over $4.6 billion. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) chairs the Senate Budget committee …