Chris Latvala In The News

Chris Latvala brings in $44K, largest haul of campaign following COVID-19 battle

Republican incumbent Chris Latvala reported his highest fundraising period in his most recent campaign finance disclosure in the race for Florida House District 67.

For the period spanning Sept. 5 through Sept. 18, Latvala raised $44,650, growing his total contributions to $195,185.


Florida Representative Chris Latvala opens up about his battle with COVID-19

In late August, a friend of state Rep. Chris Latvala gave the Pinellas County Republican some scary news. That friend tested positive for COVID-19 and had been in close contact with Latvala.

“I immediately took a test the following day. I didn’t have any symptoms,” Latvala told Florida Politics. “I got the test results back a couple of days later and by then I was starting to develop some symptoms. It just got progressively worse. It really started maybe 24 hours before I went to the hospital. It’s a feeling I’ve never had before.”


Florida Representative Chris Latvala opens up about his battle with COVID-19

Florida Representative Chris Latvala opens up about his battle with COVID-19


Governor signs ‘Jordan’s Law’ championed by Chris Latvala

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Thursday lawmakers believe could save children’s lives in the state welfare system.

The law (HB 43), which goes into effect July 1, is aimed at catching red flags in a child’s life before their case turns traumatic or fatal. Rep. Chris Latvala, the legislation’s House sponsor, called the signing the proudest moment of his public service career.


'Jordan's Law' | Gov. DeSantis signs bill that would protect kids from abuse in Fla. welfare system

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill designed to protect children from abuse in the state's welfare system. It goes into effect on July 1.

The bill is named after Jordan Belliveau, who investigators say was murdered by his mother in Largo in 2018. The bill would require law enforcement to be notified when they respond to calls where a person or caregiver is the subject of a child protective investigation.


"Jordan's Law" Passes; Governor's Signature Next

The bill referred to as Jordan's Law passed the Florida House 113-0 on Thursday. 

The law is named for Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old found dead in Largo in September 2018. 

Belliveau's mother Charisse Stinson is set to go on trial in August 2020 for his death.  

The bill now moves to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk to be signed.


More than a year after his murder, 'Jordan's Law' heads to the governor's desk

"Jordan's Law," initially introduced by State Rep. Chris Latvala (R-Clearwater) is making its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis desk for his signature.

The bill passed unanimously – 113-0 Thursday afternoon in the Florida House and 40-0 earlier this month in the Florida Senate.

Last year, the bill designed to protect children from abuse did not make it through the Senate. Sources told 10Investigates at the time senators would not hear the bill because of “legal issues” in the way the bill was written.


Chris Latvala’s 2020 legislative agenda is all about child welfare

Rep. Chris Latvala’s top priority in this year’s Legislative Session is one few could argue is not necessary.

It stems from a heartbreaking incident two years ago in which a mother killed her toddler.