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Jacques Files Bill to Create Taxpayer-Funded Website That Provides Resources for Pregnant Mothers

State Representative Berny Jacques (R-FL) sat down for an exclusive interview with The Floridian to discuss the legislative session that began on Monday. Additionally, State Rep. Jacques shared with us the bill that he will be introducing later this week. that looks to set up a “one-stop-shop” for pregnant mothers and their families who are considering an abortion. It has been labeled as HB 415, Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Website.

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Sen. Collins and Rep. Jacques file bill to tackle repeat criminal offenders in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers filed legislation that aims to keep the public safe by providing law enforcement more resources and capabilities to monitor “career” criminal offenders.

Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Seminole, and Sen. Jay Collins, R-Tampa, filed HB 1539 and SB 1634.

Jacques’ office touted that the bill will update Florida’s Career Offender Act by helping the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local authorities in keeping track of repeat offenders.

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Florida proposal aims to hold juveniles more accountable for gun crimes

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sen. Jonathan Martin, R-Fort Myers, and Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Seminole, this week filed identical bills to immediately hold juveniles more accountable for gun crimes.

“Florida is experiencing a 50-year low in crime, but there’s always more we can do to keep Floridians safe,” Jacques said in a press release. “One area we can work on is holding juveniles who commit gun crimes more accountable.”

Through HB 1181/SB 1274, juvenile offenders would be forced to the terms and conditions of court-ordered sanctions.

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Rep. Berny Jacques advocates for bill allowing hand counting ballots, no foreign machines

SEMINOLE, Fla. – Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Seminole, advocated for his new piece of legislation enabling municipalities to count election ballots by hand rather than with machines.

“Currently, it’s mandated that machines have to be used when tabulating votes,” Jacques said on LiveNOW from Fox. “[The bill would] simply give local supervisors of elections [the] option to hand count [if they], based on their models and their perspective, see it as a more accurate way to tabulate votes.”

The bill, HB 359, entitled “Voting Systems,” allows counties to count ballots “by hand” and works to ensure more transparency in the kind of software used for elections.

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Representative Berny Jacques Gratefully Accepts Endorsement from Colleague Doug Bankson for Re-election Campaign

LARGO, Florida – State Representative Berny Jacques, who has been serving the people of District 59 since 2022, is proud and honored to announce the endorsement of his re-election campaign by esteemed colleague, Pastor Doug Bankson, a respected member of Florida’s legislative body and member of the Florida Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee.

“Bankson’s endorsement is not just a vote of confidence in my past work, but also a strong encouragement for the future”, said Representative Jacques.

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