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Docs vs Glocks

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:21:43 +0000

Doctors in Florida can now talk to their patients about guns after a federal appeals court struck down key provisions of the so-called ‘Docs vs Glocks’ law. The law kept physicians from asking their patients about firearm ownership. Pediatrician Louis St. Petery was one of the lead plaintiffs in the suit. He’s happy this long […]

2009 law benefiting big tobacco in legislature’s sights

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:08:55 +0000

Thousands of families of people who died from smoking may benefit from legislation being considered at the state capitol that could speed up settlement payments from big tobacco, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us at issue is a 2009 law that treats tobacco differently than the industries. Florida receives between 350 and 400 million a […]

War over incentives heats up

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:09:38 +0000

The war of words over incentives to luring businesses and tourists to Florida is heating up in the State Capitol. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Governor Rick Scott is making it personal. When lawmakers passed a bill abolishing the states economic development and tourism promotion agency, Governor Rick Scott hit the road, scheduling stops in […]

No Bonuses for Inspectors general

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:08:14 +0000

The Florida Housing Finance Director resigned recently after spending 52 thousand on a steak dinner for staff and the board. The Inspector General for the agency, who’s job is to catch and report misspending, got a  twelve thousand five hundred dollar bonus. Now a House committee has approved a bill prohibiting bonuses to inspector generals […]

Veterans Tax Free Holiday

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:19:20 +0000

Lawmakers are mulling over a Veterans Day sales tax exemption holiday. The idea is to honor those who served in our armed forces by letting them buy footwear and clothing under $60.00 tax free. Representative Mel Ponder of Destin says the legislation would make it a one-day offer on Veterans Day, November 11. “If anything […]

Disaster relief tax credit

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:51:56 +0000

A tax credit could be on the way for victim’s of last year’s storms. Under the proposed disaster relief tax credit bill owners of property made uninhabitable by the hurricanes in 2016 could petition their property appraiser to lower taxes. Representative Colleen Burton of Polk County says this is temporary relief. “That piece of legislation […]

House Clerk’s employee arrested

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:34:09 +0000

Michael Chmielewski, who supervised pages and messengers for the Florida House of Representatives Clerk’s Office has been arrested on two counts of Obscene Communications and travel to meet a minor. Chmielewski was arrested Monday. The House Speakers office says he was terminated immediately, his computer locked and given to the Dept of Law Enforcement. In […]

Fewer better tests. Maybe?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:28:57 +0000

Fewer better tests is the goal of legislation introduced by some of the legislatures heavy hitters in education at the state Capitol today. But as Mike Vasilinda tells us, it comes too late to help students and parents this year and likely next. As students and parents prepare for this years high stakes Florida Student […]

Grieving Families Act Passes Committee

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:25:43 +0000

Legislation has cleared a house committee in the state Capitol that would allow parents who lose a child after 18 weeks of gestation to apply for and receive a who lose a non viable fetus certificate from the Department of Health. Sponsor Bob Cortes says it’s an effort to help families grieve…something he knows first […]

Unanimous Jury Bill clears another hurdle

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:24:43 +0000

Florida is one step closer to a viable death penalty after the State Supreme Court ruled the states 10-2 jury recommendation was unconstitutional late last year. As many as 50 prosecutions are on hold as a result. State lawmakers toady moved a unanimous jury verdict bill forward. Sponsor Chris Sprowls says it is key to […]