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April 22, 2020

Al Lawson Urges Tallahassee Student Housing Companies to Let Residents Impacted by Coronavirus to Break Leases

by Kevin Derby | Florida Daily

This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., called on student housing companies in Tallahassee to let residents who moved back home due to the coronavirus break their leases without penalty. On Monday, Lawson wrote eight student housing companies doing business in Tallahassee on the matter. "Students and families across our state and nation are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by a global health crisis beyond their control," Lawson said. "It is unfair, while colleges and … Continue Reading

April 22, 2020

Douglas Anderson School of Arts Senior Appointed to United States Air Force Academy

by Jacksonville Free Press

U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that George "Gary" Hartsfield Jr., a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Hartsfield was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the Colorado-based service academy. "Gary's academic excellence and dedication to his community have prepared him well for the U.S. Air Force Academy," Rep. Lawson said. "I wish him the best and have no doubt he will serve our state and … Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

Protect the unique environment of the Okefenokee

by Florida Times Union Editorial Board

Florida is bracketed by the Everglades on the south and the Okefenokee on the north. Most of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Georgia but a portion is in Baker County. Also, the swamp serves as the headwaters for the Suwannee and St. Marys rivers. The Okefenokee is a natural wonder that deserves the highest levels of protection. Yet there are concerns that mining for titanium near the Okefenokee will skirt traditional environmental reviews. The Okefenokee National … Continue Reading

April 19, 2020

CARES Act brings millions in relief to FSU, FAMU, but revenue losses are mounting

by Byron Dobson | Tallahassee Democrat

Florida's universities and state colleges will be receiving tens of millions of dollars from the CARES Act as part of the $14 billion earmarked for higher education. Florida's public universities will pull in nearly $252 million, with half of each university's share specifically designated "to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus," the U.S. Department of Education said in a release. So far, the federal … Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Challenges for area universities amid coronavirus pandemic

by Kent Justice | News4Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On "This Week in Jacksonville," Dr. David Szymanski, president of the University of North Florida, explains the challenges facing UNF's students and faculty during the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Al Lawson also details how the federal government is stepping in to help area … Continue Reading

April 16, 2020

Jacksonville area congressman, NAACP have conference call on small business and COVID-19

by Ryan Nelson l Action News Jax

A Jacksonville area congressman and the NAACP have conference call concerning small business during COVID-19 closures. Conference call included Jacksonville area congressman Al Lawson, NAACP Jacksonville President Isaiah Rumlin, and North Florida Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Gilbert Colon. Lawson said in the conference call, he's advocating for minority businesses to be prioritized in a second wave of federal loan assistance, as congressional leaders … Continue Reading

April 11, 2020

Lawson introduces Iranian anti-corruption legislation in U.S. House

by Gadsden County Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.) and French Hill (R-Ark.) introduced H.R. 6081, the Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act. The legislation would make public the funds obtained in an illegal or corrupt manner held by Iran's authoritarian theocratic regime. "The Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act will ensure compliance and require transparency regarding the financial involvement of Iranian leaders," Lawson said. "It is imperative that we properly hold the … Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Housing insecurity — Lawson’s lived it and wants to give back

by By Nathan Ouellette and Jim Saksa I Roll Call

Fire took Rep. Al Lawson's home as a child, and his family spent years recovering. The loss of a house and possessions and the insecurity that came along with that gave the Florida Democrat a unique perspective as he heard testimony at a House Financial Services hearing on Jan. 14. Tenant advocate Jeffrey Williams spoke of his family's struggle with homelessness at the hearing, which addressed the affordable housing crisis. Lawson sat down with Jim Saksa to talk about his story and how it … Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Witness stirs painful memories for two lawmakers

by By Jim Saksa / Roll Call

Al Lawson and Denver Riggleman don't have a lot in common, other than the shame. Lawson is a laconic Democrat and veteran lawmaker who represents two of Florida's largest cities. Riggleman is a chatty Republican and Air Force veteran who first won his rural Virginia district in 2018. Lawson has a moderate, pro-business reputation despite voting with Democrats on 97 percent of floor votes last year; Riggleman is a Freedom Caucus populist who fell in line with the GOP 94 percent of the … Continue Reading

March 27, 2020

Congressmen Al Lawson, Neal Dunn see a lot to like in federal coronavirus stimulus plan

by James Call, USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida Capital Bureau

In a display of bipartisan agreement, two of North Florida's members of Congress - Republican Neal Dunn and Democrat Al Lawson - have endorsed a $2.2 trillion economic relief package to combat the coronavirus and calm a reeling nation. Millions of Americans are seeking unemployment benefits as businesses close and jobs disappear. By Friday morning, both Lawson, of Tallahassee, and Dunn, of Panama City, said they see a lot of good in the package negotiated by Democratic House Speaker Nancy … Continue Reading

March 24, 2020

Al Lawson: Stop Debt Collection During the Coronavirus Crisis

by By KEVIN DERBY l Florida Daily

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., brought out the "Debt Collection Moratorium Act" which, he insists, "would suspend debt collection activity on personal loans, and loans to small businesses and non-profits during the coronavirus epidemic." Lawson weighed in on why he thought the bill was needed. "In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, and the economic hardship it will bring, my bill would suspend debt collections activity for 120 days (6 months) to allow families and businesses … Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

FL Congressional Delegation Urges Trump To Authorize Emergency Coronavirus Funding

by Brendan Rivers / WJCT

Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right). U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES On Thursday, Local U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and John Rutherford, along with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump asking him to prioritize Florida and send the state emergency resources as it fights to contain the spread of the coronavirus. "As President Trump's Administration disperses critical resources to combat … Continue Reading

March 02, 2020

Mining opposition crosses state line

by Gordon Jackson / News Brunswick News

A congressman in Florida wants to make sure any proposal submitted for mining swampland his state shares with Georgia receive proper review. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it for an environmental impact statement that evaluates projects with the potential to "significantly affect the quality of the human environment." Twin Pines Minerals withdrew a permit request to mine titanium and other heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National … Continue Reading

February 29, 2020

Parade celebrates Black History Month

by Adahlia Thomas | Staff writer

QUINCY - On the sunny and windy morning of the last day of February, folks were lined up along Stewart and Crawford streets to witness the 2020 Black History Month Parade, coordinated by the City of Quincy. Quincy is a small, close-knit town of about 7,000 people. It is the county seat of Gadsden County just northwest of Leon County. It is about 20 miles west of Tallahassee. states, "The town is a good example of Southern architecture from the era before the … Continue Reading

February 24, 2020

Congressman Al Lawson working to get proper burial for veteran after remains found by workers

by Joe Daraskevich

Congressman Al Lawson is working to get a proper burial for a veteran whose remains were disturbed last week during a construction project. Lawson says he's pushing for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to allow the veteran to be buried in the Jacksonville National Cemetery, but he's also working to figure out why the remains were disturbed in the first place. "It's interesting," Lawson tells our news partner Action News Jax. "What I'm trying to figure out from the DOT … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Florida congressman says funding needed to lower infant mortality rate in Jacksonville

by First Coast News Staff

February 13, 2020

Al Lawson Announces USDA Grant for Madison County Hospital

by Kevin Derby

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sending a $189,000 grant for the Madison County Hospital. The funds come through a USDA Rural Development grant and will be used to buy new equipment for the hospital's operating room. Lawson, who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, weighed in on the grant on Wednesday. "These funds will dramatically improve the quality of health care available in Madison County, keep health care … Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Lawson votes to workers’ right to organize bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.) recently voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, to hold employers accountable for violating workers' rights, end the use of forced arbitration and strengthen the right to join in union.The PRO Act advances vital protections for working men and women across the country, including:* Introducing meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers' rights.* Expanding workers' … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Tallahassee's two Congressmen have different takes on Donald Trump's State of the Union

by James Call

The political divide separating the nation over impeachment - in a presidential election year - runs through the All Saints neighborhood, mere blocks from the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Up the hill and to the west is the campus of Florida A&M University - part of the 5th Congressional District, which runs from Quincy to Jacksonville through a tier of counties that hug the Georgia line. It's represented by Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee. To the south is College Town, an … Continue Reading

January 27, 2020

Florida lawmakers in D.C. aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

by Allison Stevens

WASHINGTON - About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened a civil rights investigation, The New York Times reported. Now members of Congress are trying to make sure that never happens again. Florida Democratic Reps. Al Lawson, Frederica … Continue Reading

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