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Al Lawson, Mike Bost Want USDA to Help More Veterans Enter Agriculture

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, paired up this week with an Illinois Republican on a proposal to help more veterans transition into farming and ranching. Lawson and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who sits on both the House Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committees, introduced the “Veterans Agricultural Apprenticeship Act” on Thursday.  The proposal would ensure more veterans can take part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeship program. The bill also makes the USDA work with state agriculture departments to find farmers and ranchers who can receive loans, which must...

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Poll: Americans Say 'Yes' to Stricter Enforcement of Gun Control Laws

With two mass shootings in a month, American voters say more needs to be done about enforcing gun laws — but they don’t believe in limiting gun ownership — a new poll shows. According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, two-thirds of likely U.S. voters — 66 percent — say the United States needs stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws after a mass shooting at a Texas church left 26 people dead.  A smaller number — 27 percent — disagreed.  American voters largely don’t believe in limiting gun ownership to law enforcement agencies and military officials, with 59 percent...

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Senate Taps Third Party Law Firm to Investigate Latvala Sexual Harassment Claims

Senate President Joe Negron officially named a third party investigator to look into allegations state Sen. Jack Latvala harassed and groped at least six women in Tallahassee, the Senate President’s office announced Thursday. Leading the investigation will be the Jackson Lewis law firm, a nationwide employment firm which has four offices in Florida.  Tampa attorney Gail Holtzman, who specializes in employment law and harassment claims, will lead the investigation.  According to Negron’s office, the Office of Legislative Services sought guidance from law professors at state universities to identify firms specializing in employment law and harassment claims who would provide...

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Matt Gaetz, Jimmy Panetta Unveil Warrior Act to Help Veterans

Just in time for Veterans Day weekend, a Florida Republican teamed up with a California Democrat this week to unveil a proposal to help veterans attend Military Adaptive Sports Programs (MASP). On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced the “Warrior Act” which codifies U.S. Defense Department funding to help veterans attend MASP events including the “Warrior Games,” a series of athletic competitions pitting teams from the service branches against each other.  “These sports events, developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors,” Gaetz’s office...

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