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Calls for repealing ‘stand your ground’ hit Florida Capitol
 Joined by the longtime girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead in a dispute over a parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Gov. Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Tensions over...

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Joined by the longtime girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead in a dispute over a parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Gov. Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Tensions over...
State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more
 Florida Department of Health officials took two major actions in the medical-marijuana sphere Friday, issuing a highly sought-after license to a Miami nursery that successfully challenged the state and laying out the process for four more licenses as the cannabis industry continues to blossom. In a blistering opinion last month, Administrative...

9:19 PM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

Florida Department of Health officials took two major actions in the medical-marijuana sphere Friday, issuing a highly sought-after license to a Miami nursery that successfully challenged the state and laying out the process for four more licenses as the cannabis industry continues to blossom. In a blistering opinion last month, Administrative...
Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate
 Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter...

11:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter...
Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money
 As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which are rooted in a 2010 gambling...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which are rooted in a 2010 gambling...
Florida ACLU director Howard Simon retiring after decades of battles
 Howard Simon began his career fighting for voting rights, and he’ll end more than four decades of civil-rights advocacy championing the same issue. Along the way, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has plagued the Republican-dominated Legislature and more than one GOP governor, emerging victorious...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Howard Simon began his career fighting for voting rights, and he’ll end more than four decades of civil-rights advocacy championing the same issue. Along the way, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has plagued the Republican-dominated Legislature and more than one GOP governor, emerging victorious...
New lawsuit targets Florida ‘bump stock’ ban
 Gun owners have filed a second lawsuit against the state over gun-related provisions in a new school-safety law, this time alleging that a ban on “bump stocks” is an unconstitutional taking of property. The case, filed last week in Leon County Circuit Court, asks a judge to certify a class action and order “full compensation&rdquo...

10:31 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Gun owners have filed a second lawsuit against the state over gun-related provisions in a new school-safety law, this time alleging that a ban on “bump stocks” is an unconstitutional taking of property. The case, filed last week in Leon County Circuit Court, asks a judge to certify a class action and order “full compensation&rdquo...
Negron, Corcoran: Florida gambling bill dead for session
 Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to reach agreement Friday on a gambling package as time ran out in the 2018 legislative session. Republican legislative leaders had resurrected the issue in the waning days of the session...

1:13 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to reach agreement Friday on a gambling package as time ran out in the 2018 legislative session. Republican legislative leaders had resurrected the issue in the waning days of the session...
Florida Senate to hold Saturday session on Douglas High legislation
 Signaling problems with a sweeping proposal aimed at making schools safer, Florida Senate leaders Friday ordered a rare Saturday floor session to begin debate on a measure that has become mired in controversy over allowing armed teachers in schools. The Saturday session is planned as House and Senate leaders race against the clock to...

9:34 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Signaling problems with a sweeping proposal aimed at making schools safer, Florida Senate leaders Friday ordered a rare Saturday floor session to begin debate on a measure that has become mired in controversy over allowing armed teachers in schools. The Saturday session is planned as House and Senate leaders race against the clock to...
Sway of NRA lobbyist in Florida Legislature draws attention
 Legislative leaders maintain there isn’t anything there, a nothing burger in current parlance, when asked about a story in The New Yorker describing National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer’s influence throughout the Capitol, particularly her sway in helping write and dictate language in bills. But the story has Rep....

11:19 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

Legislative leaders maintain there isn’t anything there, a nothing burger in current parlance, when asked about a story in The New Yorker describing National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer’s influence throughout the Capitol, particularly her sway in helping write and dictate language in bills. But the story has Rep....
Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting
 A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns away from people struggling with mental...

11:48 PM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns away from people struggling with mental...
Gun control could become key issue in Florida in November
 An aversion to gun-rights restrictions has been a bedrock of Republican campaigns in Florida — a testing ground for model NRA-backed legislation — for years. But a 19-year-old killer, armed with a semi-automatic rifle he purchased legally and used to fatally gun down 14 students and three faculty members at a Broward County high...

10:59 PM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

An aversion to gun-rights restrictions has been a bedrock of Republican campaigns in Florida — a testing ground for model NRA-backed legislation — for years. But a 19-year-old killer, armed with a semi-automatic rifle he purchased legally and used to fatally gun down 14 students and three faculty members at a Broward County high...
After Broward shooting Florida senator seeks school mental-health cash
 Less than 24 hours after a troubled gunman killed 17 people — most of them teenagers — at a Broward County high school, a top state senator released a plan Thursday to steer $100 million to public schools for mental-health screening and services and to boost funding for school safety programs. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is...

11:59 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Less than 24 hours after a troubled gunman killed 17 people — most of them teenagers — at a Broward County high school, a top state senator released a plan Thursday to steer $100 million to public schools for mental-health screening and services and to boost funding for school safety programs. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is...
Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee
 In a production filled with political theater, a Democratic candidate for governor and a legislative leader who’s toying with a run for the same office took the stage Tuesday night in a debate over immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn&rsquo...

9:17 PM Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

In a production filled with political theater, a Democratic candidate for governor and a legislative leader who’s toying with a run for the same office took the stage Tuesday night in a debate over immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn&rsquo...
Florida Senate continues looking for gambling deal
 A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal in the next few days, as lawmakers rush to reach consensus on — and pass — a sweeping proposal before the session ends on March 9. “We will have what I call a more formal...

10:37 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal in the next few days, as lawmakers rush to reach consensus on — and pass — a sweeping proposal before the session ends on March 9. “We will have what I call a more formal...
Florida lawmakers blast state agency over medical marijuana rules
 A joint legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding the state health official and others as they sat silently while the panel shredded regulations intended to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. In four separate unanimous...

12:22 AM Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

A joint legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding the state health official and others as they sat silently while the panel shredded regulations intended to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. In four separate unanimous...
Florida bill would outlaw electronic games found in bars, malls
 Controversial electronic games found in bars, strip malls and restaurants would be outlawed under a measure approved Tuesday by a House panel. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Scott Plakon, is aimed at devices known as “pre-reveal games” that critics, including state gambling regulators, argue are unregulated slot machines. »...

10:05 PM Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Controversial electronic games found in bars, strip malls and restaurants would be outlawed under a measure approved Tuesday by a House panel. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Scott Plakon, is aimed at devices known as “pre-reveal games” that critics, including state gambling regulators, argue are unregulated slot machines. »...
Judge weighs Florida ban on smoking medical marijuana

10:42 PM Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

After spending more than five years pleading with the Florida Legislature to legalize medical marijuana, Cathy Jordan and her husband, Bob, were back in Tallahassee on Thursday. But this time, the Bradenton couple appeared in a Leon County courtroom, asking a judge to overturn a state law that bans patients who qualify to use medical marijuana...
Amendment to restore felons’ voting rights on Florida November ballot
 More than 1.5 million Floridians now unable to participate in elections would automatically have their voting rights restored, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will go before voters in November. The “Voting Restoration Amendment,” which was approved Tuesday to appear on the ballot as Amendment 4, would automatically...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

More than 1.5 million Floridians now unable to participate in elections would automatically have their voting rights restored, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will go before voters in November. The “Voting Restoration Amendment,” which was approved Tuesday to appear on the ballot as Amendment 4, would automatically...
Florida doctors wary of proposed painkiller prescription limits
 Surgeons complain it’s too restrictive for patients who undergo major heart surgery or hip replacement. Emergency room doctors gripe they don’t have the time or resources to comply. And pharmacists say it needs to be tweaked. But the litany of suggestions offered by health care professionals over the past few weeks has done nothing...

11:47 PM Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Surgeons complain it’s too restrictive for patients who undergo major heart surgery or hip replacement. Emergency room doctors gripe they don’t have the time or resources to comply. And pharmacists say it needs to be tweaked. But the litany of suggestions offered by health care professionals over the past few weeks has done nothing...
Anti-gambling measure will go on November ballot in Florida
 Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot. The “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment,” largely bankrolled by a Disney company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would require voter approval...

11:32 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot. The “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment,” largely bankrolled by a Disney company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would require voter approval...
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