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Lawmakers Craft Law Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns In Florida Schools

| February 23, 2018

The controversial measure would allow trained teachers to bring guns to schools, a concept that has divided Republican politicians and faces opposition from Democrats and educators.

School Shooting Survivors Demand Change in Tallahassee, But NRA-Backed Bills Only “Paused”

| February 21, 2018

Students turned into activists as they cried, pleaded and argued with lawmakers Wednesday in the state Capitol, but they made limited gains, if any, with pro-gun bills merely paused.

Teacher Unions Protected But Public Funding of Private School Students Advances

| February 20, 2018

The Florida Senate rejected a House proposal to dissolve teacher unions if membership falls below a certain point, but also approved a version of a school voucher program funding private school students.

Gun Control Could Become a Key Issue in Florida’s Elections

| February 19, 2018

Major political donors on both sides plan to use support for “common-sense” legislation as a litmus test for candidates during the 2018 midterm elections.

Flagler Sheriff and County Officials Worry That Prison Reforms Could Shift Inmates,
and Costs, to County

| February 19, 2018

A spate of criminal-justice reform bills in the Florida Senate has Flagler’s sheriff and a county commissioner worried about what that could mean for the local jail population and budgets.

Deal Could End Wrangling Over Trauma Centers Around Florida

| February 16, 2018

The Legislature has wrangled with whether to continue with current regulations or to allow a more competitive environment that would increase the number of trauma facilities.

Flagler Airport Chief Roy Sieger Calls Fuel Tax Cut Proposed By Renner Committee “Ridiculous,” and Loses

| February 15, 2018

Airport Director Sieger spoke before Paul Renner’s Ways and Means Committee, but Renner, the Palm Coast Republican, voted with the committee to approve the tax cut.

Florida Was Eyeing Fast-Tracking Concealed Weapon Licenses Without Background Checks

| February 15, 2018

A proposal that would allow some concealed-weapons license applications to be approved when background checks have not been completed was put on hold Thursday because of the deadly high-school shooting in Broward County.

Florida Democrats Speak of Margaret Good’s Victory as a Sign of a Coming “Blue Wave”

| February 14, 2018

Margaret Good’s victory on Tuesday, winning a Florida House seat in Sarasota County, represents the 36th time a Republican seat has flipped Democratic since the 2016 election.

Reducing Traffic Fines Part of Renner’s Tax Cut Push, But Local Revenue Would Fall

| February 13, 2018

Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, chairs the committee introducing a bill that would cut some traffic fines by 18 percent and provide a $332 million tax cut, but local government revenue would fall by $38 million.

Bill To Keep Florida On Year-Round Daylight-Saving Time Advances Easily

| February 12, 2018

A proposal to shift the Panhandle to Florida’s eastern time failed, but that of keeping the state on daylight saving keeps clearing committees with unanimity.

Should Plastic Bags Be Banned? State and Local Officials Have Different Answers

| February 11, 2018

Local governments, including Coral Gables in Florida, are banning single-use plastic bags, but state legislators are either questioning or banning the bans.

Campus ‘Free Speech’ Bill Is A Litigation Nightmare in the Making

| February 8, 2018

The inappropriately named “Campus Free Expression Act,” approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.

Opponents of Drilling Not Convinced Florida Is Off the Table. Nor Proponents.

| February 8, 2018

Participants in competing press conferences after an open house on off-shore drilling agreed on one thing: the federal government’s claimed stance on a Florida exemption isn’t final.

Flagler Loses Hutson and Lopsided Vote as Vacation Rental Deregulation Advances

| February 8, 2018

Sen. Travis Hutson voted with the 9-1 majority of his Senate committee today to advance a bill that would strip local governments of regulatory authority of vacation-rental homes.

Urging Opposition, Flagler Beach’s Jane Mealy Says Vacation-Rental Proposals Could Change City’s Look

| February 7, 2018

In an open plea to residents circulated by letter, Flagler Beach Commission Chair Jane Mealy warns of vacation-rental proposals that could change the make-up of the city, eliminating distinctions between residential and commercial zones.

Lawmakers Seek to Ban Campus “Free Speech Zones” and Make Universities Liable

| February 6, 2018

Florida universities and colleges could be sued for up to $100,000 in damages if students or others “willfully” interfere with campus speakers or protestors.

Lawmakers Level Withering Criticism Against State Agency Responsible For Medical Pot Rules

| February 5, 2018

A legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding him others over poor rules and delays.

Betting On That Super Bowl: States Moving To Legalize Sports Gambling Ahead of Court

| February 4, 2018

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that may open the way for states to authorize sports betting. Bills have been filed in 20 states in anticipation of the ruling.

Bills Opening Way For Guns in Churches Near Schools Chambered For Floor Votes

| February 2, 2018

Under current law, people with concealed-weapons licenses can carry guns at churches but not if schools are on the property.

Mary McLeod Bethune’s Statue Halfway To Replacing Confederate Smith at Capitol

| January 31, 2018

The Florida Senate voted 37-0 on Wednesday to pass a measure (SB 472) to have Bethune’s statue replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith at the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

Bill Targeting Florida “Sanctuary Cities,” An Election-Year Wedge, Stalls In Senate

| January 31, 2018

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, tabled his proposed sanctuary-city ban after facing bipartisan opposition to the measure aimed at requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration laws.

1st Round in New Session’s Vacation Rental Saga Goes Against Flagler Government

| January 30, 2018

A Senate committee approved a bill that would nearly eliminate local government regulation of vacation rentals and enable a single licensee to have hundreds of rentals across the state.

Judge Lets Smokable Pot Case Go Forward, Rejecting State’s Motion to Dismiss

| January 28, 2018

The suit challenges a state law, passed during a special legislative session last year, that bans medical-pot patients from smoking marijuana.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and Ammunition: Lawmakers Favor Guns in Churches

| January 25, 2018

The Florida House and Senate have started moving forward with measures that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the grounds of churches and other religious institutions that include schools.

Hazing Death at Florida State Fraternity Prompts “Culture Change”

| January 24, 2018

Andrew Coffey, 20, died from alcohol poisoning during an off-campus fraternity initiation on Nov. 3. Fraternity members were arrested.

Measure to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Florida Felons Goes on November Ballot

| January 23, 2018

Voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution would be automatically restored. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Address Florida’s Deadly Rail Crossings Now, During 2018 Session

| January 23, 2018

Between 2011 and 2017, there were a total of 105 deaths on more than 350 miles of Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which also run through Bunnell. A rail safety bill needs legislative support.

Doctors Join Chorus Against Limits on Painkiller Prescriptions, But Lawmakers Push On

| January 23, 2018

The proposal to set legal limits on prescribing for pain medication continued moving forward when it was unanimously approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

Ballot Measure Would Give Voters, Not Legislature, Final Say On Gambling’s Legality

| January 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment pits the state’s gambling industry against anti-gambling advocates in what is expected to be a high-dollar campaign before the fall election.

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