Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the S. 2938, The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, historic gun violence prevention legislation that includes Rep. Al Lawson's bill to honor Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett in a 234-193 vote.
The legislation would name the federal courthouse in Tallahassee the "Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse," recognizing Florida's first Black Supreme Court Justice.
"Judge Hatchett's work for the state of Florida speaks for itself," R…
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"Today is a dismal day for the American people. The Republican-controlled Supreme Court achieved their goal of stripping away a long-established constitutional right that provide Americans the ability to make their own health care decisions by voting to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"Every woman has the fundamental human right to reproductive care. It's critical that women can make …
Today, President Biden signed into law Rep. Al Lawson's D. Edwina Stephens Post Office bill (H.R. 2324). The new law names the U.S. Post Office at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee as the "D. Edwina Stephens Post Office" in honor of the Florida Civil Rights icon's impact on the Tallahassee community.
Congressman Lawson introduced the legislation to honor the life of Mrs. Stephens. She spent her life advocating for her community and holding elected officials accountable, especially in the h…
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced the W.S. Stevens High School Disaster Shelter in Gadsden County is penciled in to receive $4.6 million in federal funds.
The money was included in the U.S. Homeland Security Appropriations process which is currently moving ahead on Capitol Hill.
"These funds will be used to construct a stand-alone, ADA compliant disaster shelter in Gadsden County that will serve 150-200 people. The shelter can also serve as a staging area for the distribution …
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a Capitol Police officer was killed Friday when a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia expressed sorrow and outrage.
The White House ordered flags to fly at half-staff to honor fallen officer William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police force.
"Well, it's very, very disturbing," said Congressman Buddy Carter.
Carter is one of the lawmakers from the region who was r…
A new federal COVID-19 community vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center will open on March 1. It's a partnership between FEMA and the Biden Administration and will be for residents 65 and up or healthcare workers.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5) of North Florida said Monday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross that he is glad to see more vaccination opportunities coming to local communities of color.
Lawson's colleague, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL13), wants a full DOJ investigation into all…
The first African American elected to Congress from Florida was not allowed to take his seat. In 1870, Josiah T. Walls, a former slave from Virginia who relocated to Florida after the Civil War, was elected to Florida's at-large congressional district, but members of the U.S. House of Representatives refused to seat him. It wasn't until two years later that he was allowed to assume his position in Congress. His tenure was short lived as members expelled him in two subsequent occasions following … Continue Reading
By Rep. Lawson
For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have devastated North Florida's families and small businesses. I've witnessed lines of cars waiting hours to pick up food at local pantries and my Farm Share events. I've spoken to business owners who weren't sure how to keep staff on payroll and their doors open. I have mourned with families who have lost loved ones and others struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
Through the recently passed American Rescue P… Continue Reading
This has been a difficult week. The coronavirus is still among us changing the way we live our lives and taking from us loved ones. Businesses have begun to reopen, but people are moving into those places with a sense of fear and anxiety. Yet, we wonder whether the economy is being saved at our expense. Even with those thoughts, we are still cautious about what we hear and whether to believe what officials are saying about the precautions that should be taken and that can be relaxed. We will all… Continue Reading