State Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) announces November retirement

Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) has announced he will retire from Senate later this year: “My letter to Governor Scott on retiring from the Florida Senate in November, when my term as Senate President ends, is attached … Click here to read more

Florida Legislature considers arming some teachers, raising age to purchase some rifles

From The Sun-Sentinel: “What exactly the House and Senate are going to do — and what the two chambers can agree upon — is still up in the air. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who is helping to craft the legislation, said he was shooting for Friday to produce a bill. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart … Click here to read more

Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

“Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) ordered an internal investigation of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching. Latvala has said that he expected to be a target of allegations in the wake of a Politico report that Sen. Jeff Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat, had an extramarital affair with a former Martin County lobbyist … Click here to read more

Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) joins Akerman law firm as litigator

From FloridaPolitics.com: “Five months after he quit a law firm job following concerns of conflicts of interest, Senate President Joe Negron has joined the Akerman firm’s West Palm Beach office. In January, Negron—a Stuart Republican—had resigned from the Gunster law firm, four days after Gov. Rick Scott suggested ethics reforms affecting lawyer-legislators. … Click here to read more

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