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Jeff Brandes Files Bill to Curb Insurance Fraud

Jeff BrandesSen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is going after insurance fraud in the Sunshine State.

On Friday, Brandes filed legislation to tackle insurance fraud by requiring insurance companies to to develop anti-fraud plans and submit them to the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services.

City of Jacksonville Passes Human Rights Ordinance

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus was celebrating Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council's passage of a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance. The HRO bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

2 Florida Projects among Corps of Engineers' 10 Highest-Funded for 2017

Here is a list of the 10 highest-funded ongoing construction projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' FY 2017 Budget:

Olmsted Locks and Dam, Ill. and Kent. ($225 million);

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (Everglades), Fla. ($106 million);

Columbia River Fish Mitigation, Wash., Ore., and Idaho ($84 million);

Isabella Lake, Calif. dam safety ($70.5 million);

Lower Mississippi River Mainstem, La. ($64.3 million);

Poplar Island, Md. ($62.3 million); 

East Branch Clarion River Lake, Penn. ($56.3 million);

State House Dems 'Encouraged' by Corcoran's Pledge to Increase Education Funding

Democratic state representatives say they are onboard with House Speaker Richard Corcoran's pledge to increase Florida's education funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Joe Negron on Atwater:

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, wished Chief Financial Officer the best as he prepares to leave his post in the Florida Cabinet for a new job at Florida Atlantic University. 

SFWMD Board Approves $2.5 Million Renovation of Historic Loxahatchee Dams

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved a $2.5 million contract to restore two historic dams on the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida's first wild and scenic river.

EAA Farmers Distressed after Negron Bill Advances

EAA Farmers, Inc., an organization of Everglades Agricultural Area farmers opposing Senate President Joe Negron's plan to buy 60,000 private acres south of Lake Okeechobee, issued the following statement Tuesday following the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee's passage of SB 10:

Judicial Watch Praises Trump SCOTUS Nominee, Neil Gorsuch

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s announcement of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States:

RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia Praises Trump's Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Republican Party of Florida chair Blaise Ingoglia praised President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. 

John Thrasher: Florida State 'Deeply Concerned' About Trump's Deportation Order

John ThrasherFormer Florida senator and current president of Florida State University John Thrasher said he's troubled by President Donald Trump's deportation order on refugees.



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