Dianne Hart

Candidates for Florida House talk gun control, teacher pay, and more

Listen:   Candidates for four Tampa district state house seats debated at a political forum in Ybor City Friday.  For the most part, candidates stayed on their expected party lines while discussing issues like gun...

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...
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Black lawmakers seek changes to Florida’s “shameful and disgusting” education standards

Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus are asking state education officials to revise new African-American history standards.
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Tampa Bay Democratic legislators slam bills passed during the 2023 session and how the session unfolded

The Florida Legislature wrapped up its regular session this month -- we look back at bills that passed and bills that didn’t.

Florida Democrats fight back after end of the legislative session

Hundreds of protesters marched in Tampa this Sunday to protest of some of the many controversial bills passed during the Florida legislative session. Many organizations are standing up against legislation that they say makes the...

Criminal justice and rehabilitation

Barbara Rhode, founder of the Red Tent Women’s Initiative in St. Petersburg, talks about the non-profit's trauma-centered program that gives women at the end of their incarceration counseling, education and the tools for a successful...
Dianne Hart on Primary Election Day, 2018

Redistricting could impact Black community in Tampa and St. Pete

Redistricting is underway across Florida. Every ten years, census data is used to redraw boundary lines for all districts in Florida. This week in Tampa, Democratic State Representatives Susan Valdes and Dianne Hart hosted a town...

Legislature did little on criminal justice reform in 2021

In the 2021 legislative session dozens of bills were introduced that would have done everything from shortening the sentences of inmates with good behavior to creating a registry of police misconduct.  But barely anything passed....

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