Friday, December 6, 2019
This week, the U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch’s, D-Fla., proposal to let nonviolent elderly prisoners serve their sentences in home detention programs without opposition.
With almost $8 billion in sales on Cyber Monday last year, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a warning about scams and offered consumer protection tips.
This week, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill from two congressmen from Florida–Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan–cracking down on animal cruelty and torture.
“This legislation is named after 4-year-old Boston Terrier, Allie Heine, from Orlando. Allie suffered abuse at the hands of her previous caretakers, and while the horrific circumstances were recognized by a veterinarian, the abuse was never reported."
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., paired up with other members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to introduce a proposal to help a diplomatic situation to the continued conflict in Libya by imposing sanctions on key individuals and countering Russia influence in that North African nation.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., who served as chief of the Orlando Police Department, brought out the “Technology in Criminal Justice Act" which “would help state and local law enforcement modernize their digital evidence procedures and equip them with the resources, knowledge, and support to access, decipher, and use data when they have legal authority to do so.” U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., who served as sheriff of Duval County, is a cosponsor. 
Even as drug overdoses continue to rise in Southwest Florida and across the nation, a Florida Republican is pushing Congress to do more to fight opioids.
This week, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez hosted a panel focused on domestic violence at Florida International University (FIU).
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has reeled in the support of two members of the U.S. Senate to “hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence.”
The state Senate Criminal Justice Committee advanced Stewart’s bill without opposition this week.