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Progress Florida Blog

By Damien Filer - June 11, 2021
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable in Sarasota to discuss property insurance legislation, SB 76, passed during the 2021 session and signed by the Governor. In response to this legislation, Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo issued the following statement.
By Damien Filer - May 14, 2021
A leaked video shows Heritage Action for America’s Executive Director, Jessica Anderson, bragging to large donors about a coordinated effort to draft, lobby for and ultimately pass bills to make it harder to vote in battleground states across the country, including Florida. “We did it quickly and we did it quietly,” she said.
By Mark Ferrulo - May 12, 2021
Near midnight on April 19, with no cameras around or staged fanfare, he signed into law a new tax that will cost Florida consumers an estimated $1 billion a year. And instead of using this new revenue to help Floridians get health care coverage, build affordable housing, cleanup polluted waterways, or improve neighborhood schools, DeSantis' new law uses the new taxes we will all now pay to cut taxes for wealthy corporations.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 29, 2021
Florida’s Republican led state Legislature, backed by powerful electric utility companies, recently passed SB 1128 and HB 919 that would block local progress on clean energy production.
By Damien Filer - April 28, 2021
As Trelvis Randolph, General Counsel for the Miami-Dade NAACP, puts it: “By passing JNC reforms we can be assured Florida’s judiciary will reflect our diverse state and be free from the undue influence of partisan politics and special-interest money — with access to justice for all.”
By Mark Ferrulo - April 14, 2021
For more than 50 years, Floridians have used the citizen initiative process to pass popular policies when the leadership of the Florida Legislature refused to listen. Florida voters have approved citizen led changes to our state Constitution that legalized medical marijuana, restored voting rights, increased the state’s minimum wage and banned offshore oil drilling.
By Damien Filer - April 7, 2021
Less than a week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning coronavirus vaccine passports in Florida. DeSantis said it was “completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society."
By Damien Filer - April 7, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently convened a roundtable of handpicked “experts” to provide him with political cover for his failure of leadership during the pandemic that has so far infected more than 2 million Floridians and left more than 33,000 dead.
By Damien Filer - April 2, 2021
Ron DeSantis and Matt Gaetz have been close friends and allies since their time in Congress together. Below are 12 questions Progress Florida and Florida Watch have for DeSantis about the scandal and accusations swirling around Gaetz.
By Mark Ferrulo - March 18, 2021
SB 72 and HB 7005 sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Rep. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), let negligent nursing homes off the hook, providing liability immunity protections and severely weakening our ability to hold nursing home owners accountable for negligence that harms those in their care.

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