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Dana Young, Shawn Harrison fight ‘modern-day piracy’

There were no Jolly Rogers or parrots in the Capitol Tuesday, but two lawmakers are seeking to put what they call a predatory boating-assistance practice in Davy Jones’ locker.

Sen. Dana Young and Rep. Shawn Harrison, both Tampa Republicans, held a press conference on legislation they’re sponsoring (SB 664, HB 469) to combat “modern-day piracy,” they said.

Their measures would “require maritime salvage and towing companies to provide boaters with the option of a written cost estimate before rendering assistance on the water,” according to a statement.

The idea is to “put a stop to the predatory practice of those salvage operators who provide relatively minor assistance to boaters and then charge outrageous fees by labeling the service a ‘salvage claim,’ ” it said.

One example given was a $30,000 bill to replace a hose on a bilge pump.

If passed into law, however, it would be in effect only within the state’s territorial waters: Three nautical miles on the Atlantic Coast and nine nautical miles along the Gulf Coast.

The bills would “require operators to provide a written estimate if the cost of service could be more than $500. The final bill may not exceed 20 percent of that written estimate, and a boater may waive the written estimate if they choose.”

A Periscope video of the news conference can be viewed below:

Ed Hooper heading to Tallahassee for Wednesday fundraiser

Republican SD 16 candidate Ed Hooper is holding a fundraiser for his 2018 bid on Wednesday in Tallahassee, and the choice of venue should make him feel right at home.

FPF building interior view
A view of the bar at FPF’s new building in Tallahassee.

The funder is set to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the swanky new headquarters of The Florida Professional Firefighters, located cattycorner to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 343 West Madison Street. Before seeking elected office, Hooper spent 24 years working for Clearwater Fire & Rescue.

Included on the host committee are Senate President Designate Bill Galvano, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson and Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young.

The event comes on the heels of another big month for Hooper on the fundraising trail.

Though his campaign hasn’t posted its full report for October, it said more than $80,000 was raised last month, putting the former four-term state representative over the $200,000 mark in cash on hand.

The campaign had about $128,000 in the bank at the end of September.

Hooper also has a political committee, Friends of Ed Hooper, which raised $38,000 in October and sits with $72,000 in the bank.

So far, Hooper is the only Republican running for the Pinellas County-based district, though he faces a challenger in Democrat Bernie Fensterwald, who had about $7,000 in his campaign account at the end of October.

Those looking to attend can RSVP with Mari Riba via Mari@Hooper4Senate.com or by calling 727-455-9550.

The invitation is below.

Tom Lee wants to know more about local bill for Water Street Tampa

A local bill that would make the Jeff Vinik-led Water Street Tampa development a “stewardship district” was passed by the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation at its meeting Friday in Plant City.

But first, state Sen. Tom Lee said the bill needed additional vetting before becoming law.

Such special districts aren’t out of the ordinary; the Legislature created two last year – the Sunbridge Special District and one in East Nassau – explained state Sen. Dana Young, who was tasked with presenting the somewhat obtuse bill in the absence of its sponsor, Republican Rep. Jamie Grant.

Special districts allow developers (here that’s Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners and Bill Gates‘ Cascade Investment) to essentially tax themselves as the only commercial property owners in the district. It specifically excludes residential owners in the district.

The developer can then use those taxes to “install, operate and maintain upscale amenities and infrastructure within the district that are far above and beyond what the city of Tampa would be able to do,” Young said, adding that they would be able to do so at no cost to Tampa taxpayers.

Although not listed in the bill, Young says the amenities could include bus shelters, enhanced landscaping and bike paths.

Tampa resident Beth Eriksen Shoup questioned the motivation for the developers to tax themselves, asking if they were doing it as a write-off.

Young replied that the developers were doing it to access the tax-free municipal bond market, just as other municipal cities, county or Community Redevelopment Areas do.

While most of the local delegation had nothing but platitudes to offer about how great the project will ultimately be, Lee suggested that this local bill was more complex than most.

“We are granting some very sweeping power here to this special district,” said Lee.

Referring to how items like “eminent domain” were listed in the wordy bill, he admitted he didn’t understand why they were included in the legislation but said he wouldn’t attempt to block it at this early stage.

A longtime real estate and development executive, Lee said he understood why the developers wanted to become a stewardship district as opposed to a community redevelopment district (CDD). He said that the Water Street Tampa project would be “transformational,” but said he wanted to make sure, as the Senate Chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, that he’d be able to work with Grant on the bill.

“I’d really like the chance to scrub it,” he said, adding “it’s a lot to absorb on the fly.”

State Sen. Darryl Rouson said he shared some of Lee’s concerns, but said most of them had been allayed by meeting privately with the developers.

“I’m confident that any bugs will be swatted before we pass it on the floor,” he said.

The $3 billion, 50-acre Water Street Tampa district will include more than 9 million square feet of development when it is completed. The developers unveiled renderings of the first residential properties last week. They include a 26-story condominium tower and a 21-story rental tower.

 

Greyhound steroid ban filed for 2018 Session

A bill to ban the use of steroids in racing dogs has again been filed in the Legislature.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat, is behind the House bill (HB 463), and Sen. Dana Young, a Tampa Republican, has the measure in the Senate (SB 674).

The legislation, which died in the Senate in the 2017 Session, bans the use of the drugs as called for by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, or ARCI.

“The legislation also enacts penalties against dog trainers who continue using them,” a press release said. “An identical measure, also sponsored by Rep. Smith, overwhelmingly passed the full Florida House of Representatives during the 2017 Session.”

“I will not give up on our bipartisan work to protect racing greyhounds from harmful anabolic steroids,” Smith said in a statement. “We passed the bill in the House last session and are ready to do it again in 2018. These beautiful dogs are depending on us.”

Added Young: “Greyhounds are gentle dogs, and deserve to be protected. I’m proud to fight for this good bill, and am confident we can pass it this year.”

Last Session’s measure had been vehemently opposed by racetrack and racing dog associations. There are 18 race-dog tracks remaining in the United States, 12 of them in Florida.

Smith had argued in committee that trainers use steroids on female greyhounds to keep them from going into heat and losing racing days, and thus the ability to make money. He called the use of steroids on dogs equivalent to “doping.”

This summer, 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer had his license suspended.

Race for Senate presidency gets underway, but at stately pace

Could a third woman serve as president of the Florida Senate?

That’s one of the intriguing questions at the core of behind-the-scenes maneuvering now fully underway within the Senate’s Republican caucus (currently at 24 members) as the race to succeed Bill Galvano and Wilton Simpson has quietly begun.

Galvano was designated Tuesday as the next president of the Senate by a unanimous vote by his Republican colleagues. Simpson has locked up enough support to follow the Bradenton Republican. Galvano and Simpson’s successor will come from the class of lawmakers elected last November.

But, unlike in the Florida House, where future Speakers begin soliciting support before winning their first election, the upper chamber prefers to take its time and pick a leader after members have had a session (or two or three) to evaluate the chops — and collegiality — of those who seek to lead.

Despite this stately pace for deciding a Senate presidency, two members of the 2016 class are emerging as leading contenders to hold the gavel beginning in 2022.

The two front-runners are St. Augustine’s Travis Hutson and Tampa’s Dana Young, according to more than a dozen sources, including several members, who spoke to Florida Politics on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to appear favoring one senator over another.

Florida Politics brings a well-established record of exclusive, accurate reporting on legislative leadership races.

For example, Florida Politics was first to report about the conclusion of the race between current Senate President Joe Negron and one-time rival Jack Latvala, as well as the eventual outcome of the recently concluded contest for House Speaker beginning in 2022.

It was the (unseemly, some say) pace of the most recent House Speakership race that, in part, influenced the Senate Republican caucus’ consensus decision to take its own damn time before choosing another leader.

Another difference between the House and the Senate: it’s not a given Republicans will still hold a majority come 2022.

While most capital observers, even Democrats, concede that it would take no less than a political tsunami to end Republican hegemony in the House by 2022, it’s not impossible to envision Democrats winning the four seats needed to force a power-sharing scenario with Republicans.

This is especially true after Democrat Annette Taddeo defeated Republican Jose Felix Diaz in the September Senate District 40 special election.

However, until that change comes, the action rests within the Republican caucus.

Although Hutson and Young are the probably the leading contenders to win the support of colleagues, other state senators could be in the mix.

Beyond Hutson and Young, sources say Dennis Baxley and Greg Steube should be seen as dark horses. And just because senators would like to hold off selecting a leader, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some movement in the Hutson-versus-Young scrum.

Sources close to both Hutson and Young say an unofficial coalition of as many as five freshman senators are serving as a bulwark against any rush to choose a leader prematurely.

Names most often associated with this coalition of the, um, unwilling: Baxley, Doug Broxson, Kathleen Passidomo, Keith Perry, and Steube.

Then again, another handful of sources say Perry has already thrown his support to Hutson, joining Debbie Mayfield as key supporters.

Just the whisper that Perry has accelerated the race has led many of his colleagues to say “slow down” — and let the contest unfold at a pace more befitting the upper chamber.

Another factor at play: Unlike the House, senators are not as bound to class as their colleagues across the rotunda.

Whereas Paul Renner was elected Speaker-in-waiting via a vote of exclusively freshmen House Republicans, all members of the Senate in the chamber at the time of the designation vote will decide a Hutson versus Young contest. That vote won’t happen till 2020.

For six years, Young represented South Tampa and western Hillsborough County in the House, before graduating to the Senate to represent roughly the same geography. Before crossing the rotunda, Young rose to become House Republican Leader.

Young and Hutson are both former House members.

After winning a contested battle for HD 60 in 2010 against the late Stacy Frank, Democrats failed to put up a candidate to oppose Young in her 2012 and 2014 re-election bids, before recruiting attorney Bob Buesing to face her in the Senate District 18 race.

Young defeated Buesing — as well as independent candidates Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove — in what was a bruising campaign.

Now chair of the Senate’s Health Policy Committee, Young is also vice-chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K-12 Education. Most recently, she filed a ban on fracking for the 2018 Legislative Session.

She’s a political scion: Her grandfather, Randolph Hodges, served in the Florida Senate from 1953-63, rising to Senate President in 1961-63. And her uncle, Gene Hodges, was in the House of Representatives from 1972-88.

Hutson, chair of the Regulated Industries Committee, was in the House from 2012-15 before being elected to the Senate in April 2015.

That was when John Thrasher quit the chamber to become Florida State University president. Hutson then took Thrasher’s seat.

The St. Augustine Republican, who last reported a $7.2 million net worth, works for his family’s business, The Hutson Companies. According to its website, the company developed “more than 40 communities, encompassing more than 20,000 home sites, throughout the northeast Florida and south Georgia region.”

Senators angry at delays in medical marijuana licenses

Frustrated senators grilled Florida’s pot czar Tuesday, demanding explanations for why his office missed a legislatively mandated deadline to issue new medical-marijuana licenses and why ailing patients are stuck waiting for state-issued ID cards.

Christian Bax, executive director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, blamed one of the delays on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of a new law that required health officials to issue 10 new marijuana licenses by Oct. 3.

But Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Dana Young, a Tampa Republican, rejected Bax’s explanation.

“I’m not buying that just because there’s litigation out there you can’t fulfill your statutory duty to issue these additional licenses,” Young, a lawyer, scolded Bax.

The new law, passed during a special session in June, was intended to carry out a constitutional amendment, approved by voters in November, that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

The lawsuit cited by Bax deals with a portion of the law that reopened the application process and ordered the Department of Health to grant five licenses by Oct. 3, after it approved five other new licenses in August. One of the licenses in the second batch must go to a grower who had been part of settled lawsuits, known as the “Pigford” cases, about discrimination against black farmers by the federal government.

But weeks after the deadline has passed, Bax has yet to hire a vendor to score what could be hundreds of applications for the highly coveted licenses in potentially one of the nation’s most robust marijuana markets.

Bax has maintained that the lawsuit filed by Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City, has temporarily put the application process on hold.

Smith’s challenge alleges that the new law is so narrowly drawn that only a handful of black farmers could qualify for the license. The lawsuit contends that the measure is what is known as an unconstitutional “special law.”

Smith is asking a Tallahassee judge to stop the Department of Health from moving forward with the application process, something Bax said has prevented him from obeying the Legislature’s directive.

“The prospect of moving forward of accepting licenses with the injunctive hearing looming creates both a logistical and legal problem,” Bax, a lawyer, told the committee Tuesday morning.

But Young wasn’t satisfied with Bax’s justification.

“I hear what you’re saying, but doesn’t it seem a bit complacent for you to simply throw your hands up and say, `Oh, we cannot issue. We’ve been sued. Oh no.’ You all get sued all the time,” an exasperated Young said. “You have a duty under our state laws to issue these licenses, regardless of whether some plaintiff files a lawsuit.”

Bax insisted he is hamstrung by the pending court decision regarding the temporary injunction.

“I don’t think there is anyone in this room who would like to get these licenses out and growing more than I do. We want to move this process as quickly as possible forward,” he said.

But, he added, “If this process gets struck down, we would have to start from the beginning.”

Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a Naples Republican who is also a lawyer, piled on, putting Department of Health General Counsel Nicole Gehry on the hot seat.

“What valid reason could you have for ignoring a statutory directive? Just saying that you’re afraid of an injunction or litigation has been filed. … I mean, almost every time we pass a law, somebody files a lawsuit, and we still continue to pursue it,” Passidomo said, asking Gehry “what is the down side” of issuing the licenses.

“Once we get an idea of the scope of how the judge views the case, I think the department would be in a better position to evaluate how best to move forward,” Gehry said. “It’s difficult to articulate at the moment because we don’t know what the judge is going to do with the temporary restraining order.”

The new licenses aren’t the only source of frustration for lawmakers.

Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat, is among numerous legislators whose constituents have sought help getting state-issued identification cards. Patients must have the cards to purchase marijuana, once their doctors have ordered treatment.

“I’ve had constituents’ families call because they’ve died waiting to get their card and could not get their medication,” Book said.

Bax said it currently takes his office 30 days to issue the ID cards, if applications are complete.

But Book disputed that.

“I went on a fact-finding mission … and I tried the process as an experiment. It took three months to get a patient identification card. That is not unique. That is something that I have heard time and time and time again,” she said.

Bax said he is finalizing negotiations with a vendor who will take over the ID-card system; the outsourcing was another requirement included in the new law. The deal should be finalized in a few days, Bax promised.

Book asked how the contractor would handle the backlog — which Bax said is up to 6,000 patients at any given time — of people waiting for ID cards.

“Flushing that backlog out … is a priority for us,” he assured the panel. “That will be the first thing that’s addressed.”

Bax’s answers did little to quell committee members’ concerns.

“I feel like I know less now and am more confused after your presentation,” Sen. Bobby Powell, a West Palm Beach Democrat, said.

But it’s unclear what disgruntled lawmakers can do to force the health department to act.

“We’re going to have to continue to look into that, but I will tell you that many of the committee members commented during the meeting that they’ve never seen anything like this. And I will tell you that I have never seen anything like this in the eight years that I’ve served in the Legislature. A complete disregard for a legislative mandate,” Young told The News Service of Florida after the meeting.

Ailing patients, who have “already waited too long” for medical marijuana to be legalized, “deserve their government to act appropriately” to make sure they get the treatment they need, Young said.

Senate panel says texting ban isn’t enough, but at least it’s something

The Senate Committee on Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Tuesday approved a bill by Gainesville Republican Sen. Keith Perry that would institute a statewide ban on texting while driving, but not before they and members of the public labelled it as merely the first step toward a hands-free Florida.

SB 90 and its House counterpart, HB 121, were a focus at the Capitol today, with countless families who had lost loved ones heading to Tallahassee to make it known that the law on the books is too limp-wristed and that its time to change it.

In addition to SB 90 going before its first committee, the Florida Sheriffs Association, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and texting ban advocacy group FL DNT TXT N DRV Coalition and were among the groups to issue statements today backing a texting ban.

Lawmakers in 2013 considered it a win after they passed a law to make texting while driving a “secondary offense” that could be tacked on to other moving violations such as speeding, but the measure put forward this year would allow police to pull over texting motorists even if they aren’t breaking another rule of the road.

All Senators on the committee agreed in principle, though there was no clear consensus on just how far the state should go with a ban.

“We all know texting is bad – it’s bad – there’s no way around it,” said committee chair and Jacksonville Republican Sen. Aaron Bean. “It’s just how do we get it done, that’s the question.”

For Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young and Forth Worth Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens, as well as many of 31 speakers who showed up to support the bill, the way forward is a full-on phone ban, which they and many advocacy groups say would save the most lives and create the least amount of work for law enforcement officers.

“What about sending an email, would that be okay? What about looking through a spotify playlist to choose a song? Would that be okay?” Young asked Perry, along with whether the bill covered Norelco shavers, paperback novels and many other sources of distraction.

“Using a battery-powered curling iron – you ever seen that? I have,” Young said.

Perry said while other activities take eyes off the road, that if he and Young stepped outside they could likely spot two or three texters among the first 10 cars driving by, but might never see a reader or Netflix-watcher behind the wheel.

Clemens said research he looked over shows a simple texting ban might be a wash when it comes to saving lives, but said that hands-free states have seen a drastic reduction in not only fatalities, but injuries and accidents.

The Senate Democratic Leader also wanted the bill to get along with a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the warrantless search and seizure of the digital contents of a cell phone is unconstitutional.

Making the bill jibe with that decision is required if police need to prove someone is texting, Clemens said, while under a hands-free law it wouldn’t matter what a motorist was doing on their phone.

“This is decided law. You can’t look at someone’s cell phone without a warrant or without their permission,” he said of the Riley v. California decision, later adding that
“the bill as its structured without the amendment makes it nearly impossible for an officer to tell whether you’re texting, or looking at your iTunes playlist.”

Perry again offered to watch passing cars with his Senate colleague.

“You and I could go out there and be able to tell the difference between someone texting or doing something different with multiple keystrokes,” he said.

Clemens tried to force those changes with a pair of late-filed amendments, both of which Perry deemed “unfriendly,” and while the hands-free strike-all failed, Clemens’ fix to require police inform drivers that they have a right to decline a phone search passed 5-3.

When public comment opened for the amended bill, most of the lobby corps backing the ban deferred to give the flood of mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and cousins in the room time to share their stories of how distracted driving had ended the lives of loved ones.

The first of the speakers were Key Biscayne couple Rick and Debbie Wanninkhof, who made the nearly 500-mile drive to Tallahassee to tell the story of their son, Patrick, who was killed by a distracted driver at age 25.

“As you can see behind us, we are not alone,” said Rick Wanninkhof after recounting the death of his son. “As lawmakers we ask you to please protect everyone to the best of your ability. SB 90 will save lives.”

“If we saved just one life, wouldn’t it be worth it?” asked Debbie Wanninkhof, holding in her tears until her speaking time was up.

She was one of the few mothers who could. Young had to step away from her desk to comfort the next mother with a tissue and a shoulder as she recounted the death of her son, who had had been a classmate of Young’s child and was a service member stationed aboard the USS Florida with eyes on an officer commission in the U.S. Navy before distracted driving cut his life short.

In the end, lawmakers passed the bill with the only no-vote on the panel coming from Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel, who didn’t disagree that a ban should be made law, but said Perry’s bill didn’t go far enough toward solving the problem.

And Perry said that while his bill isn’t perfect, it’s a starting point.

“My goal is that that crowd will not get bigger,” he said turning to look at the parents in the room. “Our goal is to make that crowd smaller.”

‘Do not call’ Dana Young with unwanted sales voicemails

Dana Young wants to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign for automated sales voicemails. 

The Republican state senator from Tampa has filed a bill to define such voicemails as “telephonic sales calls” that Floridians could ask not to receive.

Her legislation (SB 568) would include voicemails “made by or on behalf of (a) seller whose goods or services are being offered, or (by) a charitable organization for which a charitable contribution is being solicited.”

The problem has been “ever clever telemarketers” who keep trying to create loopholes, Young said.

For example, she referred to a request by one marketing company for the Federal Communications Commission to declare voicemails OK under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

“We know the federal government can take a lifetime to act, but in Florida, we can do this fairly nimbly,” Young said.

The state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services maintains the “Florida Do Not Call List” for residents “who do not wish to receive sales calls or texts.”

The list has “grown to include more than 1 million phone numbers since Commissioner Adam Putnam worked with the Legislature in 2012 to remove the fee to join,” his website says.

Young’s bill does not address “robocalls” by of for political candidates.

The FCC says, “Political campaign-related prerecorded voice or autodialed calls (including autodialed live calls, prerecorded voice messages, and text messages already) are … prohibited to cell phones, pagers, or other mobile devices without the called party’s prior express consent,” but are OK “when made to landline telephones, even without prior express consent.”

interim Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister

Chad Chronister boasts bipartisan backing in fundraiser invite

Chad Chronister is looking to shed the “interim” tag in front of his title as Hillsborough County Sheriff next year, and a peek at the host committee he’s wrangled for his Oct. 25 campaign kickoff shows his support is both far reaching and bipartisan.

Chronister has been with the office since 1992 and was a colonel before the retirement of longtime lawman David Gee earlier this year, which vaulted him into the leadership role. He filed for election to the office a day after he was sworn in as interim sheriff.

The run for sheriff is Chronister’s first campaign, though the invite for his upcoming fundraiser has more names than many seasoned politicians – it fills up nearly a whole page of legal size paper and includes well over 200 names.

Among his supporters are both sides of the courtroom in State Attorney Andrew Warren and Hillsborough County Public Defender Julie Holt.

Chronister, a Republican, also has politicians from both sides of the political spectrum flocking to support his fledgling campaign.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat, and former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, the current favorite to succeed him, also made the list alongside House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Sens. Dana Young and Tom Lee as well as County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, all Republicans.

The throng of supporters will gather at The Italian Club at 1731 E 7th Ave. in Ybor City to get the sitting sheriff’s campaign off the ground. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs for two hours.

So far, Chronister’s only competition is no-party candidate Juan Rivera. The election will be held in November 2018.

The full invitation is below.

Dana Young will try for fracking ban again

Democrats and Republicans from both sides of the Capitol rotunda came together Tuesday to back Sen. Dana Young‘s latest try to ban fracking in Florida.

Also known as hydraulic fracturing, the drilling technique involves shooting water and chemicals deep underground, breaking up rock to get at oil and natural gas that’s unreachable by conventional drilling.  

“Advocates insist it is a safe and economical source of clean energy,” the LiveScience website explains. “Critics, however, claim fracking can destroy drinking water supplies, pollute the air and contribute to the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.”

In Florida, the process “makes no sense,” said Young, a Tampa Republican, at a Tuesday press conference. This is the second year she’s run a fracking ban bill (SB 462).

“It puts our drinking water supply, and everything we build our economy on, at risk,” she said. “I filed this bill for my children, and for all future generations of Floridians.”

But an outright ban likely will face opposition in the House. Last year, Republican Leader Ray Rodrigues said that a scientific study should first be required, adding it would be “foolish” to ban fracking without hard evidence.

But Sen. Keith Perry, a Gainesville Republican, said “we already have data that shows problems in other areas of the country” where fracking has been performed.

“We should put science first,” Perry said. “If science comes back later and says there’s a safe way to do it, that’d be different … We need to stop this.”

Along with Perry, Young was joined by Rep. Kathleen Peters, a South Pasadena Republican who filed an identical House companion, as well as Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat; Sen. Linda Stewart, an Orlando Democrat; Sen. Darryl Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat; and Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, a Miami-Dade Democrat.

Young’s bill has not yet been referred to committees.

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