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Orlando Rep. Carlos Smith urges Gov. DeSantis to declare state of emergency over Florida’s affordable housing crisis

Florida Democrats are pushing Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody to declare a state of emergency over the state’s affordable housing crisis. In a letter to Gov. DeSantis, Orlando representative Carlos Guillermo Smith urged the state’s top executive to take action as much of the state has seen rapid rent increases and housing …

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Carlos Guillermo Smith: Men should care about protecting abortion access, too

When someone decides to have an abortion it should be safe, affordable, and free from punishment or judgment. Abortion rights have come under increasing attack across the country, with 12 states having passed restrictions on abortion access in just the last year, including our neighbors Alabama and Georgia with two of the most extreme abortion …

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Carlos Smith, Anna Eskamani applaud eightfold increase in state arts funding

This year’s budget includes $21.2 million for arts, up from $2.6 million. After embracing arts and cultural funding as their personal priority issues this winter, Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Anna Eskamani are cheering the proposed 2020 state budget for including $21 million for competitive arts and cultural grants programs, eight times as much as the current …

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Carlos Smith urges Ron DeSantis to add Puerto Rico licenses to effort

“The standard for many of these licenses is actually higher on the island,” Smith said. Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, who attended the opening of Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ “Deregathon” effort to open professional licensure Thursday, urged the governor to also consider waiving some licensing requirements for migrants from Puerto Rico who arrive licensed on the island. …

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Carlos Guillermo Smith’s ‘Restore Our Bright Futures’ act aims to help more students go to college

Carlos Guillermo Smith, a UCF graduate himself, wants you to have more access to higher education – that’s why his new bill, HB 489, introduces sweeping expansions to the Bright Futures scholarship. The bill, called the “Restore Our Bright Futures” act, will return the scholarship to the levels of the 2010-11 school year and make it …

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Ban on steroids for greyhound racing dogs passes House

A bipartisan bill banning the use of steroids on greyhound racing dogs was approved Thursday by the Florida House of Representatives. House Bill 743, cosponsored by Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando and Republican state Rep. Alex Miller of Sarasota, was approved in the house by a vote of 84 to 32, despite strong opposition from racetrack and …

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