Gov. DeSantis signs law aimed at blocking ‘ESG’ standards in government investments
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law Tuesday that’s designed to eliminate the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards from government investment strategies, procurements, bond issuances and use of banks.
Florida Legislature moving quickly on DeSantis priorities
From expanding gun rights to going after “woke” investors, the Florida Legislature is quickly moving on a list of bills that will give Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis conservative-pleasing policy successes as he prepares to launch a presidential campaign.
Gov. DeSantis takes aim at ‘ideological’ investing, wants ESG prohibitions
Continuing to target what he calls “woke” corporations, Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to prohibit state investments that use “environmental, social and governance” ratings, which can include taking into account impacts of climate change.
Gov. DeSantis signs legislation cracking down on opioid dealers & traffickers
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a measure that will increase sentences for trafficking fentanyl and could lead to dealers facing death sentences or life in prison if methamphetamine they distribute kills someone.
Controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill set for spotlight as Florida legislative session begins
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the Florida Legislative session begins next week there’s one controversial bill that is expected to gain statewide and possibly nationwide attention — House Bill 1. AdThe bill, a response to the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd last year, has gained strong Republican support, including the support of Gov. Jacksonville Pastor John Allen Newman told host Kent Justice “On This Week in Jacksonville” he believes the bill could disproportionately impact people of color. There are already laws if you accost a police officer...you are arrested for assaulting a police officer,” he said. AdLast week on This Week In Jacksonville, local Republican Rep. Paul Renner, said he supports any legislation that would deter political violence.
Mending partisan divide in national politics; focusing on Florida Legislature; Florida Democratic Party chair
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire weighs in on the national political scene now that President Joe Biden has taken office. State Rep. Paul Renner comments on the upcoming legislative session. And Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz talks about his new role and the election results.
Rep. Renner weighs in on controversial ‘anti-mob’ bill
The controversial ‘anti-mob’ bill has faced strong opposition, including in Duval County, from those who say it would limit First Amendment rights and allow bystanders to shoot and kill looters. Republican Rep. Paul Renner, represents Florida’s 24th District — which includes all of Flagler County, southern St. Johns County and northern Volusia County — and a powerful voice in the Florida House of Representatives. He told Kent Justice during a taping of This Week in Jacksonville that he supports any legislation that would deter political violence. In a House committee session in Tallahassee last month, 69 people spoke out about the bill. You can watch the full interview Sunday at 9 a.m. on Channel 4 and at noon on CW17.
Florida House leaders named, along with panel to eye COVID-19
Lawmakers will hold an organization session Nov. 17 to formally swear in members and leaders, with the 2021 legislative session starting in March. Sprowls' committee changes also involve a newly named and expanded Education & Employment Committee, which will be chaired by Clearwater Republican Chris Latvala. Palm Coast Republican Paul Renner, who is in line to succeed Sprowls as speaker in November 2022, was named Rules Committee chairman. Spring Hill Republican Blaise Ingoglia will chair the Commerce Committee, and Lakeland Republican Colleen Burton will chair the Health & Human Services Committee. Meanwhile, Miami Republican Daniel Perez, R-Miami, will take over as Judiciary Committee chairman; Lecanto Republican Ralph Massullo will serve as State Affairs Committee chairman; and Palatka Republican Bobby Payne will be Ways & Means Committee chairman.
Moody wraps up summer mental health series
Attorney General Ashley Moody, in conjunction with Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, on Friday hosted part four of the Attorney Generals Mental Health and Criminal Justice Round Table Summer Series. Earlier roundtables focused on mental health issues within law enforcement ranks and treating people with diagnosable disorders before and after they are arrested. We all know, sitting around the table, and everyone involved in the mental health courts will tell you, the treatment works." While mental health courts already in existence may be built around the needs of a particular community, Moody said they can provide a template for other counties. Fourteen out of our 20 (judicial) circuits have mental health courts and judges that are specifically focused on that, along with 24 out of our 67 counties.
Renner draws 2020 challenger
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Rep. Paul Renner, in line to become House speaker in 2022, has drawn a challenger as he runs for re-election next year in a Northeast Florida district. Renner, R-Palm Coast, is positioned to become speaker in 2022 but needs to continue winning in the district. He had raised $37,500 for his re-election bid as of May 31, a finance report shows. Meanwhile, in South Florida, Republican Nelson Rodriguez has opened a campaign account to try to unseat freshman Rep. Cindy Polo, D-Miramar, in House District 103, which is made up of parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Polo, who was elected to the seat in 2018, had raised $745 for her re-election campaign as of June 30.
DeSantis signs criminal justice package
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida will soon see the first change in 35 years to the legal threshold for felony theft after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a criminal-justice package into law on Friday. Raising the threshold that triggers felony theft charges from $300 to $750 was one of the biggest changes in the bill (HB 7125). Other changes will also give judges more leeway over sentences of non-violent drug offenders and will allow thousands of non-violent offenders to be released from prison earlier for good behavior. House sponsor Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, issued a statement Friday evening describing the bill as the largest criminal justice reform package in more than a generation.