Friday, January 24, 2020
The state currently allows a temporary permit for some people here on either a tourist or work visa but a bill introduced by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, would expand that to include any person living in Florida whether they are here legally or not.
State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, is trying to make permanent changes but the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) won’t commit to any solutions for now.
Ever since she announced she would not seek the death penalty shortly after taking office in 2017, Ayala has had a rocky relationship with law enforcement in the two counties she serves. This acrimony has now turned into dueling press conferences over the murder of Nicole Montalvo back in October.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., was appointed vice chair of House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Besides being a survivor of gun violence herself, Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence.
The freshman congressman insisted the bill will “ensure that women and girls are allowed a fair playing field in competitive sports by prohibiting the use of Title IX funds to support women’s sports in which biological male athletes are allowed to participate against biological women athletes.”
At the start of the week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., joined U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and U.S. Rep. José Serrano, D-NY, in writing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, calling on the federal government to help restore power to Puerto Rico. 
Members of Congress representing Central Florida in the U.S. House continued to break on party lines over the impeachment of President Donald Trump even as one of their colleagues was named as one of the House managers.
Demings has garnered some attention during her brief time in Congress but this is her largest assignment yet. With her background in law enforcement, including more than 25 years of service with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), Demings has increasingly become a favorite of Democrats at the national level.
Heavily subsidized by China’s government and the Chinese Communist Party, Huawei is poised to become the leading commercial provider of 5G, which will have far-reaching effects for U.S. economic and national security.
Riding high in the polls, Gov. Ron DeSantis will look to push several items through the Legislature which kicks off its regular session on Tuesday.