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Texting legislation in trouble

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:03:42 +0000

After losing a child in 2015, A St. Petersburg family is at the center of efforts to allow police to stop and ticket texting motorists, but one of the most powerful people in the state House says the cost to freedom is too high. Lavon Reese was a Senior at FSU when she was hit […]



Constitution revision concerns

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:00:53 +0000

    Florida is the only state with a commission charged to review the constitution once every 20 years. The 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission holds its first meeting tonight in Orlando. But the League of Women Voters and others stood on the steps of the state Capitol today with concerns. The first Commission in 1978 […]



Seniors press lawmakers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:57:11 +0000

Two thousand seniors from across the state filled the state Capitol today. The annual event is designed to draw attention to the needs of the states oldest citizens, which include funding for health care and increased screening for dementia. Organizer Jason Zaborske says lawmakers would be wise to listen. “Seniors mean business in the state […]



Lawmakers plan budget cuts for controversial State Attorney

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:44:40 +0000

Orlando based State Attorney Aramis Ayala lost a bid in court today to have an accused cop killers case returned to her circuit. Governor Rick Scott has ordered the change after Ayala refused to seek the death penalty. Now, state lawmakers are looking to cut the prosecutors budget. State lawmakers don’t have the power to […]



Recess bill watered down but alive

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:40:47 +0000

At it’s last meeting today, a House subcommittee approved a watered down recess bill. A movement called recess moms had wanted five days of recess, each lasting twenty minutes for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. The version approved today stops at third grade. Sponsor Rene Plasencia says the measure was all the House was […]



Children’s Week packs Capitol Courtyard

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:40:15 +0000

Several thousand advocates for Children filled the courtyard in the state Capitol for most of the day. The event is designed to get lawmakers to pay attention to the needs of children. Surgeon General Celeste Philip told the crowd the Department of Health would be working to make kids healthier by encouraging changes in lifestyle […]



Eyewitness identification to get new rules for police administrators

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:31:36 +0000

The House Justice Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved legislation this afternoon requiring law enforcement agencies to follow a set of procedures called double blind when conducting live or photo eyewitness identifications. The legislation is a result of witnesses getting it wrong too often. Alan Crotzer was convicted of a strong arm robbery in 1983 even […]



Voter intimidation legislation filed

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:28:44 +0000

Following reports that a south Florida House candidate and a county commissioner helped voters fill out their mail in ballots, another State Representative has filed legislation to make such conduct a felony. Rep. Emily Slosberg says current law protects voters in line and in polling places, but not at home. “And out laws have to […]



Childrens Week begins

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:27:45 +0000

As many as four thousand children and their parents are expected at the state Capitol tomorrow. The Rotunda in the Capitol was decorated over the weekend with thousands of colorful hands drawn by children from Key West to Pensacola. Organizer Jason Zaborske says since kids can’t vote, their strength is in numbers. “That’s really our […]



Non-viable birth certificates draw criticism

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:10:25 +0000

Legislation allowing grieving families to receive what is being called a “Non-Viable “ Birth Certificate was approved by a House Committee on a 15-0 vote, but Pro Choice advocates worry the bill is a back door attempt to change the concept of when life begins. Florida law currently allows a family which has miscarried a […]