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Miami Herald: “Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones opens up as a gay man: ‘I’m living my truth.’”

It was a Sunday morning last year in late August, and Shevrin Jones was in church feeling just a little hungover. He’d been out drinking the previous night with his brother, Kaneil, and now they were sitting next to each other at a pew in Koinonia Worship Center in Hollywood. As their father gave the …

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South Florida Times: “Jones’ Scholarship Legislation Passes First House Committee”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Last week, a bill that will make higher education more affordable for Floridians unanimously passed Florida’s Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee. Proposed by Representative Shevrin Jones (D-West Park), the bill which is officially known as HB 181 will establish the “Florida Sunshine Scholarship Program.” Under a strike-all amendment presented by Jones and adopted by …

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Florida Politics: “Bill calls for higher teacher, principal salaries”

A House Democrat on Monday filed a proposal (HB 389) that calls for teachers and school principals to receive a series of pay increases, starting with each educator receiving a $3,000 raise in 2018. Rep. Shevrin Jones, a West Park Democrat, filed the bill for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January. After receiving …

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Miami New Times: “South Florida Rep Wants to Remove Every Confederate Monument in State”

When Broward County state Rep. Shevrin Jones protested in Hollywood, Florida, to demand the city rename streets honoring former Confederate generals and a Ku Klux Klan leader, a group of counterprotesters shouted racial slurs at him, calling him a “nigger” and a “monkey” and telling him to “go back where [he] came from.” Jones isn’t …

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Orlando Weekly: “Florida lawmaker will file bill to ban all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property”

Florida Representative Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) says he will file legislation to immediately remove all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property in Florida. “William Faulkner once stated that ‘The past is never dead,’ but I’m here to tell you that it can damn well be buried,”” said Jones in a statment. “Rather than …

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Florida Politics: “Shevrin Jones: Florida education bill’s path isn’t how the process works”

Remember “Schoolhouse Rock”? Many of us remember the process of how a bill becomes a law from that jingle which still rings in our heads. First, there’s an idea. Then this idea becomes a bill, which must be vetted by both legislative chambers and approved through a rigorous process meant to weed out the good …

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Miami Herald: “A spinal injury should have paralyzed him. But this lawmaker is fighting back”

In early October, Shevrin Jones abruptly lost the ability to walk. The affable 33-year-old state representative from Broward County ruptured part of his lower spinal cord during an accident at the gym, causing a nerve injury that his doctors told him should have left him paralyzed. After emergency surgery, a follow-up procedure and rigorous physical …

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Florida Politics: “Shevrin Jones picked as state director of Young Elected Leaders group”

Broward Democratic state Rep. Shevrin “Shev” Jones has been picked as State Director for the Network of Young Elected Leaders, a group affiliated with People For the American Way. Jones, 32, was elected in a vote late last year and will help direct the group’s advocacy and organization efforts, which focus on social justice and …

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WFSU News: “Florida Lawmaker Files Policy Body Cameras Bill, Says ‘It’s Not Anti-Police’

  A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras while out on patrol. It’s not a coincidence Rep. Shevrin Jones’ (D-West Park) bill was filed after the nationwide debate began over police officers’ use of force, sparked by the fatal incidents in New York and Missouri. “I know …

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