Final passage of Negron Bill: Plan to reduce Lake O discharges heads to Gov Scott

Senate Bill 10, Water Resources, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) saw final passage in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives today. The legislation will now be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 10 authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir

From WPTV: “Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west … Click here to read more

Associated Press: FL Senate leader Joe Negron (R-Stuart) proposes $2B Lake Okeechobee cleanup

“The Florida Senate’s incoming president has announced a $2.4 billion plan aimed at reducing toxic algae outbreaks in the rivers flowing from Lake Okeechobee. Joe Negron said Tuesday that his plan calls for buying 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee and turning it into reservoirs … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar: Candidates for local, state and federal offices expected at LWV/AAUW forums

“Candidates for state, local, and federal offices will be on hand at Martin County’s Blake Library to speak at a pair of political forums co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Martin County and the American Association of University Women, Stuart Branch on July 11th and July 14th … Click here to read more

PBPost: Negron, Abruzzo, Clemens seats could change in FL Senate redistricting

“Opponents of the current Senate map — the League of Women Voters and its allies — dinged the district of Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican and the rival of Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, for the Senate presidency following the 2016 elections … Click here to read more

Martin’s frightful water pollution: How Big Sugar’s shadow fell across a Miami-Dade County resolution

From The Sun-Sentinel: “…the future president of the Florida Senate, likely to be Joe Negron [R-Stuart], supports the allocation of $500 million for land acquisition (he hasn’t said where) to use lands to clean up frightful water pollution in Martin and Palm Beach counties… … Click here to read more

Florida Legislature will return to Tallahassee for special session June 1-20

From The Florida Times-Union: “Approving a balanced budget is the Legislature’s only requirement each year. But the regular session ended in an impasse with the House leaving 3½ days earlier than the scheduled May 1 final day because of a fight with the Senate over Medicaid expansion … Click here to read more

Martin County’s Joe Negron will lead Florida Senate budget committee

HT Politics reports that Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, will lead the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the next two years, announced by Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville. President Gaetz added: “In the coming years, Florida will continue to face many tough decisions when balancing our state’s budget. We need the foresight and knowledge of a strong leader who knows the ins and outs of Florida’s fiscal landscape, and I am confident Senator Negron is the best man for the task. No one understands the budget better than Joe Negron.” … Click here to read more

150 new Florida laws take effect tomorrow

WCTV (Tallahassee) reports that a trio of constitutionally questionable measures and legislation designed to crack down on no-fault auto insurance fraud are among about 150 new Florida laws going into effect Sunday. … Click here to read more

CBS News: Florida Senate kills prison privatization plan

CBS News reports that Florida, which oversees the third largest U.S. prison population, would have had more inmates in private lockups than any other state under a plan that was vetoed Tuesday. In a rebuke to their own leadership, nine Senate Republicans joined the chamber’s Democrats to kill a proposed handover of South Florida’s state prisons to private companies. … Click here to read more

Florida Senate releases proposed redistricting descriptions

Proposed redrawn congressional districts were released this past week by the Florida Senate; the Florida House is expected to follow with their draft this Tuesday. According to the Senate plan, District 16 will include all of St. Lucie and Martin Counties, northeast Palm Beach and southeast Okeechobee Counties. … Click here to read more