Romano: Watching a family’s love grow at Christmas

Tampa Bay Times Click Here to Read Online No matter how much we might plan, love is rarely on time. And so the family in the hallway is startled when the elevator doors slide open, and they see their daughter for the very first time. She neither runs to them, …

Jeff Brandes wants privacy protection for Echo, Google Home

Florida Politics Click Here to Read Online It’s time to deal with privacy in the age of Alexa, Sen. Jeff Brandes says. The St. Petersburg Republican has filed legislation (SB 1256) to protect the expectation of privacy in the use of cell phones and other microphone-enabled household devices. The surge …

Jeff Brandes on how criminal justice reform can address generational poverty

Florida Politics Click Here to Learn More At an anti-poverty conference, state Sen. Jeff Brandes said that, if possible, he thinks it could be beneficial for the Legislature to work on policies that encourage millennials to marry before having children, though he acknowledged that’s unlikely to occur. “The regulatory effects …

Jeff Brandes returns from China with new adopted daughter

Florida Politics Click Here to Read Online While sexual harassment allegations and rumors continued to swirl around Tallahassee, one legislator watched the show while completing a personal international deal. Sen. Jeff Brandes, his wife Natalie and their eldest daughter Charlotte, whom they call “Lottie,” spent the past week in the …

Jason Fischer, Jeff Brandes introduce self-driving cars bill

Florida Politics Click Here to Read More Self-driving cars would be able to legally cruise Sunshine State highways under a bill filed by Jacksonville House Republican Jason Fischer. His legislation (HB 353) would allow for the safe and legal operation of “autonomous vehicles.” The bill also calls for updating sections …

Jeff Brandes files amendment to medical marijuana in Senate

Florida Politics Click Here to Learn More Sen. Jeff Brandes is proposing a sweeping change to his chamber’s medical marijuana implementation bill that would, among other things, remove a limit on the number of licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs). The St. Petersburg Republican filed the 63-page strike all …