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Gambling moving quickly as lawmakers fear court intervention

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:17:07 +0000

For the first time since 2010, state lawmakers are increasing the odds a new gambling deal will emerge by the time they finish, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, it could result in fewer greyhounds being raced, and more slots in counties that have approved them. Greyhounds may not be racing much longer. Lawmakers are […]

Senate Gives Apology to Groveland Four, 67 Years After Wrongful Conviction

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:05:24 +0000

For the second day in a row, the State Senate apologized on behalf of the state for a past wrong. In 1947 four black men in rural Groveland Florida were wrongly accused of raping a white teenager. Three were arrested, A fourth ran and and was killed by a mob. State Senator Gary Farmer called the […]

State Formally Apologizes for Atrocities at Dozier School for Boys

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:49:59 +0000

Florida officially apologized today to hundreds of men who were abused at a state run boys school in the 1950’s and 60’s. The two dozen survivors stood as their names were called. They came to personally hear the apology..some from as far away as Texas. “We say to you… We apologize. We are sorry,” read […]

House Bill to Keep Universities Search Process for Top Officials Concealed Passes House

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:44:16 +0000

A bill passed through the State House allowing Universities to keep their search process for top officials closed to the public during the initial application phase. This comes after a bruising effort trying to pick a new President for Florida Gulf Coast University this past fall and winter that saw the search resumed after the […]

Whiskey and Wheaties Bill Headed to the Governor’s Desk

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:41:37 +0000

In what may have been one of the closest House votes this session the State House has voted to tear down the walls separating hard liquor and big box retailers. The bill passed by just one vote after two days full of hours of testimony and debate. Support for the bill broke party lines and […]

Lawmakers closing in on Budget deal, maybe.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:06:09 +0000

State lawmakers are closing in on the broad outlines of an 83 billion dollar state budget, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, even small details could derail the progress long enough to push lawmakers into overtime. The Senate gets it’s plan to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. The House would get it’s cuts […]

House makes “Substantial” gaming offer

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:03:49 +0000

State Lawmakers are closer to a deal on gambling than anytime in the last seven years after the House made what both sides are calling a substantial deal. The House would allow voters in counties with dog tracks to decide if the tracks could stop racing dogs but keep operating card rooms. Grey 2k activist […]

One Hundred Liquor Store Owners and Employees Protest Whiskey and Wheaties Bill

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:26:35 +0000

One hundred liquor store owners greeted House members as they entered the Chamber Tuesday. The message on their shirts was clear. Vote against a bill allowing  big retailers like Walmart to sell liquor on their shelves instead of in a separate adjoined store. “That will severely impact my business. I employ six other people so […]

Bills to Combat Drug Overdoses Move to House Vote

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:07:00 +0000

Two bills to help combat drug overdoses in the state were on the House floor Tuesday. One bill creates a system for medical staff including EMTs to report drug overdose incidents. The goal is to help law enforcement find hot spots for drug activity they may not have previously known. The second bill encourages hospitals […]

Bill Could Allow Colleges to Begin Researching Hemp for Cultivation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:00:50 +0000

Hemp. It’s not exactly marijuana, but it’s close and still illegal in the state, but legislation moving in both the House and Senate would allow universities begin researching the plant for industrial use. Hemp doesn’t get you high, but it is used in dozens pf products you use everyday.  Items ranging from beauty products to […]