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FDLE Putting Cold Cases on the Web in Hopes of Finding Answers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:56:09 +0000

A new website developed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking to help law enforcement solve cold cases. The have been 16,000 unsolved murders in the state since 1990. The website currently hosts more than 420 cases from 29 agencies across the state. Senator Aaron Bean say the hope is by consolidating the […]

Final Low-Performing Schools Selected to Receive Schools of Hope Funding

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:45:19 +0000

The State Board of Education approved the rules for rolling out last year’s controversial “Schools of Hope” legislation. The rules lay out how charter schools can apply for a piece of the $200 million in state funds allocated to the program. The law allows charters to open within a five mile radius of low performing […]

77 Ideas for Better Hurricane Response

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:22 +0000

A 12 page report on what went wrong during Hurricane Irma and how to improve responses was approved by a Select House Committee today in the state Capitol. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the majority of the 77 recommendations are less than specific.   The report calls for the Department to encourage the use of […]

First Responders one step closer to PTSD Help

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:17:37 +0000

Studies show 15% of Firefighters contemplate suicide sometime in their career, often due due to PTSD resulting from the things they see, but in Florida firefighters and other first responders can’t be compensated for the work related mental injury unless the suffered a physical injury along with it. New Legislation given unanimous approval by a […]

Legislators Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:09:58 +0000

In honor of Religious freedom day Lawmakers in the 30 states around the country held press conferences reaffirming their commitment to the right to religious freedom guaranteed in the US constitution. In Florida lawmakers touted last year’s Legislation which guarantees religious freedom in Florida schools. They also mentioned a new proposal put forward this year […]

Lawmakers Announce ADA Education Campaign

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:05:44 +0000

Lawmakers announced the roll out an education campaign to help Florida businesses come into compliance with the American disabilities act. Representative Tom Leek passed legislation last session to help businesses avoid “drive by lawsuits” caused by being out of compliance. The law helps businesses access recourses to find out what they’re doing wrong and come […]

New Criminal Justice Report Takes Aim at Influencing Florida

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:04:01 +0000

Criminal Justice Advocates are applauding the release of a new report looking into criminal justice reform, in hopes it will help pass Legislation in Florida. The report was published by the Academy for Justice. It includes findings from 120 top criminal justice scholars throughout the country. Unlike most scholarly articles, it’s written in layman’s terms […]

Air BNB Seeks Less Regulation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:46:47 +0000

Cities and counties would lose their ability to regulate vacation rentals by homeowners. The legislation wold preempt all jurisdiction to the state. Sate Senator Greg Steube calls the current regulatory scheme a patchwork. “Article One, Section Two, basic rights. You have an inalienable right to private property and the use of property and I believe […]

Rep. Sean Shaw Seeks AG Post

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:45:21 +0000

Tampa State Representative Sean Shaw today announced his run for Attorney General. He is the son of a former Supreme Court Chief Justice and made the announcement in front of the court. He criticized the current office holder, Pam Bondi, for doing little to help consumers, saying he would make consumers his focus if elected. […]

Reuniting Shelter Pets

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:44:04 +0000

Florida’s animal shelters say more than a thousand pets didn’t end up back home after Hurricane Irma. New legislation would standardize the shelter’s requirements to try and locate their owner, including notifying newspapers and posting pictures. Sponsor Janet Cruz says storms complicate the return process. “Many of these shelters in Florida already utilize these reasonable […]