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Current: Red-light cameras misused, should be disconnected, lawmakers say

Two legislators who want to unplug red-light cameras statewide said Monday local governments are using them as cash cows to raise general revenue, rather than safety devices to make drivers think twice about dashing through busy urban intersections. “We do not need the red-light cameras today in Florida,” said Rep. Frank Artiles, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee. Artiles and Sen. Jeff Brandes, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, called a news conference in front of the Senate chamber to discuss a...
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Times: State lawmakers propose solution to flood insurance crisis

A Florida Senate bill filed Tuesday seeks to alleviate skyrocketing federal flood insurance premiums by setting up a competing — and hopefully cheaper — state-run market. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would invite private insurers to enter the market by creating a new regulatory system just for flood insurance. It would evaluate rates, risks and a company’s financial strength. Over the last 35 years, Florida homeowners paid four times more in National Flood Insurance Program...
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My letter to Sen. David Simmons regarding the Flood Insurance crisis

Today, I mailed the following letter to Senator David Simmons: I have met with a number of my constituents who are gravely concerned about the potential impact to their policies resulting from changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) scheduled to take effect October 1st. We are beginning to see real estate transactions canceled or delayed due to the uncertainty that this has created in the marketplace. I share the concerns of my constituents and I believe that...
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WPTV: Two Florida lawmakers make push to end cameras

State Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a bill Wednesday aimed at turning off the cameras at intersections across the state. The measure (SB 144) would remove the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 from Florida law. READ MORE>>>
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Times: Sen. Jeff Brandes working on legislation to crack down on wasteful charities

Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, said he is now working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to improve oversight of charities and solicitors in the state. Florida is home to 11 of the 50 charities on the Times/CIR list, more than any other state. READ MORE>>>
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10 News: St. Petersburg state senator to address charity abuse in Florida

In response to a public forum exposing “America’s Worst Charities,” a St. Petersburg representative announced he’s going to address the growing abuse of charities in Florida. Senator Jeff Brandes is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner, Adam Putnam, to investigate fraudulent charities that are scamming consumers in Florida. READ MORE>>>
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10 News: Brandes continues to pressure FDOT on 10 News’ short yellow light investigation

In response to 10 News’ continued investigation into yellow light reductions at red-light camera intersections, State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) sent a  letter to Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad on Monday, advocating for an increase in the state’s minimum intervals for yellow lights. READ MORE>>>
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Jeff Brandes: Red Light Danger

Jeff Brandes on Fox Business discussing dangers behind red light cameras and shortening yellow lights.
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