With focus on Education Joe Negron takes over as Florida Senate President – Here are his speech highlights

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Let’s make our good universities great.

Dating back all the way to antiquity, institutions of higher education have always served as forums for free speech and the open exchange of ideas.

No one has a right to shut down speech simply because it makes someone feel uncomfortable.

We should train students to articulate and defend their ideas in an open and responsible way that prepares them for the real world.

We’ve been talking about a southern reservoir for 20 years. The time for talk is over; it’s time to act.

I believe within our $82 billion budget we can fund the priorities of today, instead of just duplicating the decisions of yesterday.

We cannot, we should not tolerate serious wrongdoing by young people, but at the same time, let’s not criminalize adolescents.

I would probably still be explaining this on bar exam questions, on law school applications, questions at editorial board interviews … so I understand the issue and I understand the importance of preventative and restorative approaches in juvenile justice, and I look forward to the Senate’s work on that.

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