Florida Five: Gov. Scott signs law to assist disabled, Attorney Gen. Bondi targets robocalls

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Rick Scott disability fundingScott signs law that will create college-type savings plans for the disabled – Despite cutting millions of dollars to aid the state’s disabled community, Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law Monday that allows individuals with disabilities to boost their savings from $2,000 to $100,000 without jeopardizing their state and federal benefits. Scott signed the Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act amid students and families of the Marian Center in Miami Gardens, a school for people with disabilities. The law will go into effect by July 1, 2016. Read more

Attorney general: Robocall scams on the rise – Florida’s attorney general is warning about an increase in robocall scams. According to the attorney general’s office, the number of complaints about those calls to the No Fraud Hotline is on the rise. Over the past two weeks, Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission took legal action to shut down two scams involving robocalls targeting Floridians. Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued a formal ruling to further tighten laws relating to robocalling. Read more

David Jolly to announce U.S. Senate run as early as Monday, July 20 – U.S. Rep. David Jolly will announce that he is running for the United States Senate on Monday, July 20, according to advisers close to him. In keeping with Jolly’s buttoned-down style, the Pinellas Republican’s announcement will be a “low-key” event rather than a major press conference. A location has yet to be determined. Read more

10 big questions facing Florida politics in the wake of the redistricting decision – As has been widely reported, the Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that the state’s congressional maps don’t meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or a political party. The court ordered the Legislature to try drawing the maps again. Here are 10 big questions looming over Florida politics in the wake of the court’s redistricting decision. Read more

RPOF: We’re Bringing the Heat in the Social Media Game – The Republican Party of Florida’s new plan for 2015 and beyond is taking a page from the ever-evolving and growing movement of social media, using sites like Twitter and Facebook to reach out to voters to help snag votes come 2016. The new RPOF has taken a revamped and redefined approach to social media, honing in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help paint the state red in 2016. Read more

A quick note: ‘Success’ in prostate cancer surgery for Bill Nelson – Florida Sen. Bill Nelson underwent prostate cancer surgery Monday that his office called “a complete success.” Read more

ICYMI: 13-year-old Fla. girl found after she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted by Mexican illegal

Watch: Waterspout churns along Florida’s gulf coast

Due to summer vacation, the Florida Five will return Wednesday, June 22.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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