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State Rep. Berny Jacques Files Local Bill Bolstering Youth Sports and Recreation in Pinellas County

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Earlier this week, Representative Berny Jacques (R-Seminole) filed legislation that would abolish the Greater Seminole Area Special Recreation District and transfer the district to the Board of County Commissioners of Pinellas County; which will use the transferred property exclusively for recreation purposes and continue to house what is known as the Seminole Youth Athletic Association (SYAA) sports fields.

“Part of a pro-family agenda is making sure that our youth have great recreational services in their community,” said Representative Jacques.

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Jacques files bill enhancing education for youth exiting juvenile justice system

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FLV) – Florida Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Largo, filed HB 939 Thursday, aiming to bolster education for Floridians in the youth justice system.

The bill would expand the Department of Juvenile Justice’s “educational scope” via the creation of the Florida Scholars Academy. The department is headed by Secretary Eric Hall.

It would include $12 million in funding to enact a “streamlined approach to educating vulnerable youth within the system.”

“As a former prosecutor who had to hold countless amounts of young people accountable when they broke the law, I know that education can be part of an early intervention strategy that will prevent them from getting into a life of crime,” Jacques said.

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Parkland parents voice support of bill to lower jury threshold for death penalty

PARKLAND, Fla. (FLV) – Parkland shooting victims’ families responded after lawmakers filed a bill that would prevent one juror from being able to nix the death penalty. Under the proposed bill, a supermajority, rather than a unanimous verdict, would be needed to enact capital punishment.

National school safety advocate Max Schachter is the father of Alex Schachter, one of the 17 victims murdered in the Parkland school shooting in 2018. He thanked Sen.

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Largo Mayor Woody Brown endorses Berny Jacques’ campaign for HD 59

The winner of the HD 59 seat will replace state Rep. Nick DiCeglie who vacated his seat to run for Senate.

Largo Mayor Woody Brown is backing Republican nominee Berny Jacques as he runs for the House District 59 seat.

Brown was elected Mayor in 2014, and has subsequently been re-elected. The newly drawn HD 59 is located in Pinellas County and includes Largo, Seminole, parts of Pinellas Park and some unincorporated areas of the county.

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