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Renner Seizes Reins for Flagler After Hutson’s Striking Disregard on Vacation Rentals

| March 23, 2017

Rep. Paul Renner and County Commissioner Greg Hansen are organizing a town hall meeting in the Hammock Saturday, hoping to rally support against a proposed legislative retreat on vacation-rental regulations.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

Senate Approves Stand Your Ground Change To Make It Easier For Shooters To Use Defense

| March 15, 2017

The bill would shift the burden from defendants to prosecutors in the pre-trial hearings, vastly strengthening defendants’ ability to use the defense, but at significant cost to prosecutors.

Setback For Flagler as Bill Scrapping Vacation-Rental Regulations Advances on 9-6 Vote

| March 14, 2017

A divided House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee was not swayed by a presentation from Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed as it voted to scrap county authority to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. The bill has several additional hurdles to clear.

Prohibition on Liquor In Grocery Stores Approaching Repeal as Bill Advances

| March 14, 2017

The contentious bill, sought by Wal-Mart and Target and opposed by Publix and ABC, needs to make it through one more committee in the House and awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

Florida’s Lethal Injections Ready to Stab Again As Gov. Scott Signs Death Penalty Bill

| March 13, 2017

Florida is again poised to begin executions and prosecute death penalty cases after Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Monday aimed at fixing flaws in the state’s capital sentencing procedure.

Flagler May Lose Vacation Rental Regulations Just 2 Years After Regaining Authority

| March 13, 2017

After a three-year battle, Flagler County government regained the right to regulate short-term rentals in the Hammock, which had become disruptive to local residents. Now the state is poised to take that authority away–again.

Lopsided House Votes To Abolish Enterprise Florida and Economic Development Limbs

| March 10, 2017

The House also voted 80-35 to approve a separate measure (HB 9) that would overhaul the structure and contract-reporting requirements of Visit Florida.

Florida Senate Backs Unanimous Juries in Death Sentences

| March 9, 2017

Thursday’s Senate vote — on the third day of the 2017 legislative session — would ostensibly fix the weaknesses identified by the majority of the Florida Supreme Court with the current law.

Lawmakers Back Secrecy for Murder Witnesses

| March 9, 2017

Witnesses’ identifying information would remain secret for two years after the date of the incidents, except to prosecutors and police.

In State of the State, Gov. Scott Takes Fight for Economic Incentives to House Speaker

| March 7, 2017

The speech to open the 2017 legislative session came just two days before the House is expected to take up legislation that would abolish the economic-development agency Enterprise Florida and restrict tourism-marketer Visit Florida.

Florida’s Fractured Republican Leaders Heading Into Contentious Legislative Session

| March 2, 2017

A philosophical schism is plaguing a fractured Republican Party leading up to what insiders characterize as potentially one of the most contentious legislative sessions in modern history.

Guns at Florida Airports, Colleges, Government Buildings: House Speaker Says “Let’s Try It”

| March 1, 2017

Some 39 bills, resolutions and resolution-like memorials have been filed in the Legislature so far that include language that would make gun possession and carrying more permissive in Florida.

From Pot to Guns to Health Care, 10 Big Issues to Watch During 2017 Legislative Session

| February 28, 2017

Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session, with a series of bills that have divided House and Senate, or the governor and the Legislature.

Legislating Free Speech on Florida’s College Campuses? Not So Fast.

| February 27, 2017

A Legislative committee pondered on proposed legislation called the Campus Free Speech Act. Stanley Kurtz, a conservative academic, told lawmakers the measure would defend the right for people to speak their minds at the state’s universities.

Should The Poor Be Barred From Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps?

| February 26, 2017

Lawmakers in at least five states, including Florida, introduced bills this year to ask the USDA for permission to ban the purchase of certain kinds of food or drinks, such as candy and soda, with food stamps.

Proposal to Kill Economic Agency and Trim Visit Florida Budget Clears House Committees

| February 23, 2017

Palm Coast’s Rep. Paul Renner continued to defend the proposals, which would cut Visit Florida’s budget to $25 million, as the House bill heads for a floor vote in march, but still without viable Senate support.

Rep. Renner Takes Another Beating, This Time From Palm Coast Council Over Slew of Bills

| February 21, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council excoriated Rep. Paul Renner over several bills he’s introduced, saying the proposals would hurt Florida Hospital Flagler and end the city’s ability to regulate local business, among others.

In Brief: Senators Back Tax Exemption for Diapers

| February 21, 2017

Initial estimates point to a reduction of General Revenue receipts of $21.7 million in 2017-18, with a $52.1 million recurring impact, and a reduction of local government revenue by $5.6 million in 2017-18.

As Gov. Scott Touts Latest Increase in Tourists, Visit Florida Critics Still Pounce on Spending

| February 20, 2017

Visit Florida received $78 million from lawmakers for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The Sunshine State attracted 112.8 million tourists in 2016. He credited the 5.86 percent increase from the prior year.

Florida House Moves to End Participation In Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

| February 16, 2017

The bill sponsor acknowledged there is no evidence terrorists have used the refugee program to enter Florida and that the withdrawal wouldn’t halt the federal government from locating refugees in the state.

Lawmakers File Bill to Limits Testing Time in Schools and Speed Up Turnaround on Scores

| February 15, 2017

The proposal would require the state’s language arts and math tests to be administered in the last three weeks of a school year, with the exception of the 3rd-grade reading exam.

Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell Officials May Face Stronger Financial Disclosure Requirements

| February 15, 2017

Financial disclosure forms filed by elected city officials are cursory compared to the detailed forms filed by county and other officials. That may soon change as the Legislature considers extending the stricter requirements.

Spate of Bills Would Allow Floridians to Carry Guns at Colleges, Airports, Bars, Courthouses, Stadiums

| February 14, 2017

One of the proposals would decriminalize the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public, others would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns in courthouses, jails and government meetings, among other places.

In Flagler Beach, Scott Attacks Renner Over Tourism and Economic Development Programs

| February 13, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott was in campaign mode in a visit to Flagler Beach Monday as he criticized Flagler’s Rep. Paul Renner, a fellow-Republican, for introducing a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

Renner Is Right: Kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, Twin Kleptos of Public Troth

| February 12, 2017

Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are two tax-supported state agencies that act more like slush funds, wasting money behind secretive veils and returns on investment that have never lived up to the promise.

Against Counsel: House Panel Backs Term Limits for Supreme Court and Appeals Judges

| February 9, 2017

The proposal would revamp a decades-old system in which Supreme Court justices and appeals-court judges do not face term limits — though they are required to go before voters every six years for merit-retention.

Local Governments Nursing Headaches Over Legalized Pot as Health Department Holds Hearing Across Florida

| February 8, 2017

Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell and County government joined two dozen counties and four dozen cities in enacting moratoriums temporarily banning medical marijuana dispensaries.

Proposal to Require Unanimity from Florida Juries in Death Penalty Cases Advances

| February 6, 2017

But efforts to broaden the legislation to address other issues involved in a series of court rulings that prompted this year’s measure appear, at least for now, to be doomed.

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