Clay Yarborough targets social media education and immigration in session ahead of SD 4 race
representing Yarborough clay begins its last session as a representative. But if he returns next year as a senator, the Jacksonville Republican plans to bring a cooperative mindset he learned after five years in the legislature.
Yarborough is currently the only candidate in the race to serve in Senate District 4. Still, lawmakers believe redistributing the governor. Ron DeSantis re-election, and issues like the COVID-19 pandemic are drawing special attention to this electoral cycle.
With five years and six years of legislative experience, Yarborough has found success in keeping abreast of the issues other lawmakers are working on. If he does manage to sit in the Senate, which he describes as an opportunity for humility, he plans to follow the issues plaguing Northeast Florida and even those in the House and other committees as these these create opportunities for collaboration.
An example of this collaboration is the Yarborough Social Media Education Bill (HB 361), which comes the year after DeSantis and the Republicans targeted big tech companies and social media for their control over everyday life and politics. Republican Senator from Zephyrhills. Danny burgess came to Yarborough with the proposal, which would incorporate introductory social media classes into the public school curriculum.
The measure, which already enjoys bipartisan support, would help teach students to be responsible when using social media and watch for warning signs. The lessons would teach students how to spot possible routes of human trafficking, for example.
“It’s not, this is how you use social media because they all know how to do it,” Yarborough said. “That is, make sure you understand that you can put something in there, and even if you pull it down in two seconds, it could be there and be permanent.”
The information taught in the social media literacy program would be made public on school district websites.
Yarbrough hopes the bill will receive its first committee hearing within the first two weeks of the session. Meanwhile, Burgess’ version (SB 480) is already one-third of the committee process.
The representative is also working with Burgess on changes to construction defect laws (HB 583). But in this area, the House and Senate are working with lawyers, home builders and other interested parties to determine whether to reduce the length of time that home builders can be sued for defects. This remains a point of contention, with the Senate bill (SB 736) reducing this timeframe from 10 to four years while the House does not include the time limit.
And despite being 1,000 miles from the southern border, Jacksonville has become an immigration hotspot. Law enforcement officials claim that an immigrant who was illegally in the country illegally stabbed a man who was harboring him. The suspect arrived in Florida on a midnight flight organized by the president at Joe Biden administration, according to DeSantis.
Something like that can’t happen again, Yarborough said. He is on board with The DeSantis solution, to penalize companies involved in transporting people illegally in the country.
Yarborough, who has emphasized his support for legal immigration, compared the Biden administration’s immigration policies to sleeping at home with the front door unlocked.
“If it has to be in the middle of the night, when planes are brought in and people are brought in and we don’t really know what’s going on, that sort of suggests there’s something wrong with it,” he said. Yarborough said. “And then when you have a crime that’s committed, the worst thing of murder, which is what happened, then we can’t just close our eyes.”
Yarborough is also working on more personal projects, including an expense request (HB 2707) to provide $ 1 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Big in Blue Mentorship Program. The program works to build trust between law enforcement and young members of the community, especially those who are black and Hispanic.
“I think it creates mutual trust and both sides learn from each other,” Yarborough said.
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