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Florida Democratic leader Fentrice Driskell meets with VP Harris

Fentrice Driskell, the recently-elected leader of the Florida House Democrats, will be one of a handful of state legislators to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris this afternoon to discuss the future of abortion. Driskell, a Tampa state representative, is the only legislator from Florida attending the meeting. The roundtable with Harris will follow President …

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Representative Fentrice Driskell Reaction to SCOTUS Gun Ruling

Following the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the rights of states and communities to require more strenuous “special cause” requirements for concealed carry permits, Representative Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa), Leader-Designate of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement: “As the nation grapples with balancing our Second Amendment rights alongside the reality of …

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Q&A: Incoming Florida House Democrats leader Fentrice Driskell

Florida House Democrats on Tuesday unanimously tapped Tampa Rep. Fentrice Driskell to be their next leader, making her the first Black woman to lead the House Democratic caucus. Driskell, who was the first Black woman elected student government president at Harvard University and one of the first Black women to make partner at the Carlton …

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Rep. Fentrice Driskell makes history as first Black woman to become House Democratic Leader

Florida House Democrats have elected its new leader, Fentrice Driskell, the first Black woman to serve in the role of House Democratic Leader in the Florida Legislature. Driskell, an attorney, was unanimously selected by the House Democratic Caucus as the Leader Designate of the Florida House Democrats. A Democrat representing part of Hillsborough County, she …

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Fentrice Driskell questions if two-map solution will pass court muster

An insistence to bring two congressional maps to the House floor could spell legal trouble for redistricting according to Rep. Fentrice Driskell, a Tampa Democrat serving on the House Redistricting Committee. At a press availability with Democratic leadership, Driskell laid out concerns that a bill advanced by the committee (HB 7503) takes a risky approach. …

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Florida House approves CRT, ‘don’t say gay’ bills

The Republican-sponsored measures will head to the Senate for consideration. Opponents of the bill said teachers already teach the material in a fair and impartial manner. They suggested proponents offered no Florida examples of such attempts to indoctrinate children. “This bill is sending a clear message that we don’t trust our teachers,” said Rep. Travaris …

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Florida House passes “Don’t Say Gay” and “Stop WOKE” bills

What they’re saying: “Today is a very dark day in Florida’s history,” Rep. Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) told reporters after the vote. “We did everything we could but today was a day when politics won over policy. Politics won over people.” Equality Florida spokesperson Brandon Wolf wept as he told his story of surviving the Pulse …

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Fentrice Driskell’s bill addressing abandoned Black cemeteries will head to House floor

The bill represents three years of work addressing a plethora of Black cemeteries erased from history. Rep. Fentrice Driskell Wednesday came one step closer to realizing the fruition of three years’ hard work and a racial reckoning nearly a century in the making. Driskell’s Abandoned African American Cemeteries bill (HB 1215) cleared its final panel with a …

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