Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

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

State Senator Frank Artiles resigns over N-word; insults State Senate President Negron (R-Stuart)

From WFSU: “Artiles … allegedly claimed the only reason Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) won the presidency was because six Republicans sided with him. He referred to those Republicans as the N-word and called Negron a ‘pussy’ … Click here to read more

Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir

From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … Click here to read more

Senate president Joe Negron of Stuart steps down from job at law firm

WPTV reports that Senate President Joe Negron says he is resigning from his law firm to make sure he has no potential conflicts of interest. Negron has been working at the Gunster law firm, a large corporate firm that lobbies the Florida Legislature … Click here to read more

Martin Commissioner Sarah Heard: ‘Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering’

“Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart … Click here to read more

WJXT: Stuart Republican Joe Negron unanimously elected to serve as Florida Senate President

“Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican unanimously elected to lead the Senate on Tuesday, regaled colleagues with an account of putting Ronald Reagan stickers outside a home owned by the Bush family on Jupiter Island. The story from the 1980 presidential campaign … 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

Senate President-designate Negron sets out session-end plan to address Lake O discharges

“…In the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session, I will be focused on three priorities that will alleviate the catastrophic damage to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon caused by the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. They are as follows: … Click here to read more

Everglades Restoration Bill with up to $200M a year unanimously passes House Committee

Florida Politics reports: “A bill that would fund Everglades restoration efforts with up to $200 million a year cleared the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with a unanimous vote. HB 989, sponsored by Republican Reps. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and … Click here to read more

Judge approves new map for 40 Florida Senate districts, includes Martin County

From The Tampa Tribune: “’ For the last 20 years, voters have elected principled Republicans to serve in the Florida Senate, and I am confident that voters will continue to support strong Republican candidates,’ the Stuart Republican Joe Negron, State Senate President-elect, said in a statement. David King, the attorney who represented the League of Women Voters … Click here to read more