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Pinellas Sheriff’s Caution on Open-Carry Bill Triggers Duel of Furious Accusations

| December 14, 2015

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says a Sarasota Herald-Tribune blogger “absolutely mischaracterizes” his concerns about open-carry, as the blogger and Florida Carry, the pro-gun lobby group, claim the sheriff would threaten to shoot concealed carriers.

Special Treatment for Firefighters With Cancer? Florida Among Few States That Say No

| December 13, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced bills that would make Florida the 34th state to offer special protection to firefighters, but the measure faces obstacles in large part because of local governments’ opposition.

“I’m Against It,” Sheriff Manfre Says of Open-Carry as Bill Picks Up Momentum

| December 11, 2015

Opponents of open-carry, including a number of Florida sheriffs, Flagler County’s Jim Manfre among them, warn that people who openly display guns could get hurt as a result, either by criminals or law enforcement.

Public School Testing Could Move Away From Statewide Exams as Lawmakers Study Fix

| December 10, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, is working on legislation that would allow schools to use tests other than the statewide standardized exams, which are used in some graduation and promotion decisions, teacher evaluations and school grades.

Florida Gibberish: Subbing Computer Coding For Foreign Languages Is Idea of a Yahoo

| December 8, 2015

The bill in the Florida Legislature by an ex-Yahoo executive wanting to push computer science at the expense of foreign languages would worsen education, not improve it.

Judge Tosses Part of Amendment 1 Challenge, But Environmentalists Claim Success

| December 7, 2015

A Leon County judge Thursday removed a major part of a lawsuit that contests how lawmakers decided to spend money that voters approved last year for land buying and preservation.
However, an attorney for four environmental groups challenging the state’s spending called the ruling a victory.
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“We’re in this case,” said David Guest, managing attorney for […]

Hunting Undocumented Immigrants,
Travis Hutson Discovers His Inner Jim Crow

| December 5, 2015

Sen. Travis Hutson filed a pair of bills that would criminalize undocumented immigrants in Florida. The bills are unconstitutional, bigoted and unnecessary.

Proposal Would Allow Students to Sub Computer Coding for Foreign Language Classes

| December 4, 2015

Bill sponsor Jeremy Ring, a Margate Democrat who is a former Yahoo executive, said the proposal would give Florida students a “true leg up” in the increasingly tech-driven world.

Killed in House, Stand Your Ground Bill That Shifts Burden of Proof Lives Again in Senate

| December 3, 2015

A proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law is poised to go to the full Senate.

Supreme Court Approves Congressional Districts; Flagler’s Stays Whole, Inching Left

| December 2, 2015

The congressional district the Supreme Court approves keeps Flagler County whole, shedding Putnam and moving it south to take in more of Volusia County, which will help Democrats slightly.

Proposal Would Force Cities, Including Bunnell and Flagler Beach, to Move Elections to November

| November 30, 2015

Cities intend to fight a proposal now before state lawmakers that would take away their ability to set local election dates and could extend the terms of some current elected officials.

Florida Picks 5 Nurseries to Grow and Distribute Medical Marijuana for Select Patients

| November 25, 2015

Parents of children with severe epilepsy pushed for a 2014 law to legalize the purportedly non-euphoric marijuana — low in THC, high in CBD — as it can end or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures.

Scott’s $79.3 Billion Budget Proposal Draws Criticism for Gimmickry and $250 Million Fund

| November 23, 2015

The budget would cut taxes $1 billion, create a business fund and raise per-student funding but would still be $1,284 per student below the 2006, inflation-adjusted level.

Conservatives Should Be Leading the Charge to Accept Syrian Refugees. We Have No Choice.

| November 21, 2015

Doesn’t American exceptionalism demand that we lead where others have neither the will nor the courage? We have no choice. America gives sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, argues Nancy Smith. This is what we do and who we are. We’re the good guys.

Measure Allowing Guns on Florida College Campuses Heads for Likely House Passage

| November 19, 2015

But the fate of the NRA-supported gun measure, vehemently opposed by university officials, still hangs in the Senate, where passage is less certain.

In Rare Defeat for NRA in Florida, Lawmakers Kill Broader Stand Your Ground Measure

| November 17, 2015

A National Rifle Association-backed measure that could have made it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents failed to get through its first House committee on Tuesday.

Legislature on Defensive After Congressional Redistricting Fight Reaches Supreme Court

| November 10, 2015

A key Florida Supreme Court justice sounded skeptical Tuesday about the Legislature’s proposal for a contested South Florida district in a battle over the map for the state’s congressional delegation.

3rd Special Session Implodes as Senate Kills Redistricting Plan and Blames Fair Law

| November 6, 2015

This time, instead of blaming each other, GOP leaders blamed a pair of voter-approved constitutional amendments that ban political gerrymandering in legislative and congressional redistricting.

Campus Gun Bill Advances in House While Opponents Pitch More Police Funding

| November 4, 2015

If the aim of more guns is to prevent more rapes on campus, one opponent of the legislation said more police officers would provide better protection.

Angry With Liberal Court, Florida Lawmakers Propose Judicial Term Limits

| November 3, 2015

The proposal comes after years of rising anger in the Legislature at members of the Supreme Court. With its more-liberal majority, the state’s highest court has emerged as the only major hurdle in Tallahassee to Republicans’ conservative agenda.

House Pitches New Redistricting Senate Map, But Hutson’s District Would Still Shift South

| October 31, 2015

Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said in a memo to House members that his proposal for the 40 state Senate districts was inspired in part by a plan floated by the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida.

Name-Calling on Florida Senate Floor Further Divides Republicans Over Leadership

| October 29, 2015

Referring to Sen. Jack Latvala, Sen. Don Gaetz said, “when a bully throws a sucker punch, you hit back and never give in.” The fight is over the Senate’s helm.

Hutson’s District Boundaries Would Shed Putnam for Daytona But Leave Flagler and St. Johns Whole

| October 28, 2015

Even Senate supporters of the map say they aren’t sure whether House leaders will accept the proposal before a redistricting special session ends next week.

Senate Bill Would Overhaul Florida’s Foster-Care Placements to Child-Centered Approach

| October 27, 2015

The bill, aimed at reducing instability for foster children, would match children with their best placement options — rather than, as critics charge, the first beds that are handy.

Supreme Court Clears Floridians for Solar Choice’s Ballot Initiative, Setting Up Battle With Utilities

| October 23, 2015

The initiative has drawn opposition from a coalition including major electric utilities and has spawned a competing solar ballot proposal. That proposal, spearheaded by the group Consumers for Smart Solar, is awaiting a review by the Supreme Court.

NFL’s Dolphins Want $3 Million a Year in Taxpayer Subsidies, Daytona Speedway May Be Next

| October 22, 2015

The Legislature created a new funding method for professional stadiums in 2014 in an attempt to reduce the lobbying from prior years for state money.

Corey Jones Killing by Cop Triggers Black Lawmakers’ Calls for Independent Review

| October 21, 2015

Corey Jones, 31, a church musician whose car stalled on an Interstate 95 exit ramp early Sunday after a gig, was shot by a plainclothes officer in an unmarked car. Some lawmakers are calling for automatic reviews of all police-related shootings, among other safeguards.

Openly Displaying Handguns and Guns on Campus Bills Win Senate Panel Approval

| October 20, 2015

One of the Florida Senate committees also supported a measure that might make it easier for people to claim they have stood their ground in self-defense when shooting others.

Palm Coast Joins Local Governments in Opposition to Utilities’ Proposed Cost-Shifting

| October 15, 2015

Upending a century-long arrangement, utilities want local governments to pay for moving utility lines in public construction projects even though the lines use public right of ways at no cost to utilities.

Scott Wants Tax Cuts Larger Than Projected Surplus. Lawmakers Are More Prudent.

| October 14, 2015

Scott wants a larger tax-cut package in 2016 than the $673 million he sought this year, even though the state budget surplus is projected at $635.4 million, much of it one-time revenue that won;t recur in subsequent years.

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