Sponsor of a new Florida law supports a SCOTUS ruling cracking down on people experiencing homelessness

Republican Sam Garrison praised the ruling that upheld the constitutionality of an Oregon city’s ordinance cracking down on public camping.

Pinellas police are tracking where unhoused people sleep before state ban takes effect

Listen:   The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that cities can enforce bans on the unhoused population sleeping outside. But homeless advocates say punishing people who need a place to sleep would criminalize homelessness –...
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Former police homeless liaison officer discusses Florida’s controversial encampment law

Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put his signature on HB 1365, a controversial new law that prohibits municipalities from allowing homeless individuals to camp or sleep on public property. Enforcement of the law is...

Hotspot Famine, Dehumanizing Florida Laws

Violence in Haiti and war in Gaza, Palestine Territory is leading to famine, an extreme scarcity of food. World Food Program update: Three Famines: Gaza, Sudan and Haiti Confronting famine the violence in Gaza...

The Scoop: Thurs. March 21, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) says the new law to prevent houseless people from sleeping in public places is "making a bad situation worse."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs into law restrictions on sleeping in public

DeSantis says the law 'will keep sidewalks from becoming “tent cities” and “ensure that Florida streets are clean.'

A controversial Florida bill to ban sleeping in public is sent to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis

The Florida bill would bar cities and counties from allowing people to sleep in places such as public buildings and in public rights of way.

Sharon Streater reflects on a lifetime of community organizing

Sharon Streater has led a fascinating life. She met Mother Teresa, marched with Cesar Chavez and even dressed as a soup can to call attention to farmworker issues. But perhaps her greatest, sustained impact has...

The Florida Legislature passes a controversial plan to curb sleeping in public

A bill to prevent homeless people from sleeping in public while requiring local governments to address the issue is headed to the Florida Governor.

Florida House passes regulations to prevent people from sleeping in public

Democrats contended the bill would increase local government costs and force homeless Floridians into wooded areas.

Bill targeting Floridians experiencing homelessness advances in House

Listen: A bill that restricts people experiencing homelessness from sleeping on public property moved forward in the State House Thursday. The bill faced support and pushback for various reasons. The bill is sponsored by Republican...

MidPoint: Homeless Camps and Other Legislative Plans

We continue our review of 2024 legislative proposals with today's focus on efforts at criminalizing "sleeping in public" and establishing homeless tent camps around the state, and the problems of private equity firms buying up...

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