The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, April 14

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, April 14


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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is concerned over the current state of inmates and the overcrowding concerns of the Leon County jail. “What I saw was disturbing. Because we have a jail population that is not being driven by criminality, but more so by the condition of mental illness,” said Proctor. Proctor said data showed more than 40% of the population was suffering from mental illness. However, Proctor said that Sheriff Walt McNeil is “uniquely qualified” to “answer the call.”

On April 11th, Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch did an interview on The Steve Stewart Show on Real Talk 93.3. Welch was asked to address a number of current issues facing Leon County.

The federal trial of former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will begin Monday. Defense attorneys for co-defendant Sharon Lettman-Hicks said they do not intend to ask for a delay in the trial either. Thursday afternoon, attorneys continued a lengthy pre-trial hearing which started on Monday. It’s not clear yet if the hearing will stretch into Friday.

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Moving quickly on what supporters call the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” Gov. Ron DeSantis late Thursday signed a bill that would prevent abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The Florida House also passed a $1.4 billion tax cut plan mostly aimed at consumers also containing cuts to the business rent tax. However, the plan doesn’t include DeSantis’ one-year sales tax exemption on household items under $25, including laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap and more. A permanent sales tax exemption on baby and toddler products will also go into effect.


Florida State baseball heads on the road to face off against NC State. Tonight’s game is at 6:00 p.m. and can be heard on 100.7 WFLA.

No. 4 Florida State softball will host the Virginia Cavaliers for a two-game series this weekend also staring at 6:00 p.m. on the ACC Network.


5 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, April 14"

  1. and at Matt, I would say, the “…small portion…given to people that need it…” it too much. Being “poor” is the chosen career of way too many people. In fact, the “poor” are living better than a lot of people that support themselves.

  2. To the guy that said we’re on the road to socialism…. LOL! Over half of the US discretionary spending in most years goes to the military and only a small portion is ever actually given to people that need it so if you really wanted to help people, slashing the military budget would be the first step ?

  3. @Jon — 93% of the federal revenue (not counting “borrowing”) is from payroll taxes, personal income taxes, and corporate income taxes. Well over half of the federal spending is giving that money to people that didn’t earn it.

    We’re a long way down the road to socialism. We’re just masking it behind the facade of a Republic.

  4. Ref: “Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is concerned over the current state of inmates” <— well Comissioner, what did you think would happen when local crime has no consequenses? Over the past 90 days, 5 public school students were arrested for having a firearm on campus. My source tells me, initially they are charged with a Felony but in the end they will plead guilty to a misdemeaner.

    Crime pays well for politicians. Increased crime is used for increased tax dollars thrown at the problem. Tax dollars go to political cronies who will take a big lick off the top then kick back the balance in the form of political contributions. It is a "win-win", the criminal gets out of jail free, and tax dollars go to cronies and politicians.

    Maybe you could build more jails and not buy electric busses.

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