Fight Club: Audit documents Florida juvenile justice failures

Miami Herald Click Here to Read Online Florida juvenile justice administrators sometimes fail to report the deficiencies of their privately run youth programs, and don’t always ensure breakdowns are corrected even when they are documented, says a new report by the state’s Auditor General. The state’s top government auditor reviewed …

Florida’s harsh driver’s license suspensions draw Senate scrutiny

The Buzz Click Here to Read Online Chasing a national trend, the Florida Legislature is rethinking its long history of punitive laws that punish drivers for many offenses not related to driving. The Senate Transportation Committee Thursday approved a bill (SB 1270) that would in many cases end practices that …

Jeff Brandes on Sessions’ marijuana reversal: “Wrong direction”

Creative Loafing Click Here to Read Online On the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that his office plans to reverse an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legal marijuana in many states, some Republicans, like U.S. Senator from Colorado Cory Gardner, are calling the new policy out …

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 …