Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

Sen. Negron (R-Palm City): Pro-Israel Florida bill penalizes companies trading with Cuba

From The Tampa Tribune: “The cold war between the U.S. and Cuba may be nearing an end but at least one remnant survives in Florida law, threatening corporations with penalties if they do business with the Communist nation. Senate Bill 86, sponsored by Republican Sens. Joe Negron of Palm City and Don Gaetz of Destin, passed a subcommittee vote Tuesday by unanimous vote… … Click here to read more

CBS Miami: Environmentalists optimistic over Everglades reservoir money

“Environmentalists will be pushing to get money from Florida lawmakers for a reservoir in the Everglades this upcoming special legislative session and they’re optimistic about getting it,” according to CBS Miami. “But so far, only a handful of legislative leaders have proposed such funding as they prepare to return to Tallahassee on Monday to work on the state budget. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, … Click here to read more

Rebecca Negron enters GOP race for Patrick Murphy congressional seat

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Republican Rebecca Negron, a Martin County school board member and the wife of powerful state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, announced Tuesday she’s running for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat that Democratic Rep.Patrick Murphy is giving up to run for Senate … Click here to read more

Watch live-streaming here: D.C. briefing on state of the St. Lucie / Caloosahatchee Waterways

The briefing will be held on October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, agenda below. This briefing, co-hosted by Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and Trey Radel (FL-19) will serve as an opportunity for local stakeholders to make their voices heard by Congress and Administration officials. Watch here as it happens: … Click here to read more

Watch live in Stuart: Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake O Basin

The Florida Channel is providing real-time coverage of today’s Florida Senate Select Committee Workshop to Explore Short-Term Solutions or Alternatives to Reduce or Eliminate Current Releases from Lake Okeechobee , 1 – 9 pm at the Kane Center, 900 SW Salerno Road, Stuart. For the video feed … Click here to read more

Stuart News: All lagoon committee members have taken Big Sugar money

“Each Florida senator tasked with addressing the policies that pollute the Indian River Lagoon has benefitted from Big Sugar donations. … Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican who convened and will chair the panel, is the committee’s biggest beneficiary of sugar donations.” … Click here to read more