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Senate Committee passes Gaetz bill to promote adoption of kids in foster care

Senate Committee passes Gaetz bill to promote adoption of kids in foster care

The Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, chaired by Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood), today passed Senate Bill 320, Adoption and Foster Care by Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). The legislation, part of the “Work Plan 2015” joint agenda announced last week by [...]

PPD written procedures for body cameras

PPD written procedures for body cameras

Here are the written policies and procedures on how the Pensacola Police Department will deploy body cameras. The General Order was issued Tuesday, Feb. 3. PURPOSE The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the use and management of body cameras. Use of body cameras provides [...]

Robinson will withdraw Open Container ordinance

Robinson will withdraw Open Container ordinance

After hearing from his fellow commissioners this morning at the board's agenda review session, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson said he will withdraw the proposed Open Container ordinance that was up for a vote this afternoon. The law would have banned people from drinking and [...]

Journalists seek answers from Gov. Scott in Sunshine Law lawsuit

Journalists seek answers from Gov. Scott in Sunshine Law lawsuit

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Media organizations and open-government advocates are upping the pressure on Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, filing a lawsuit that alleges the handling of the forced resignation of the state's top law-enforcement officer violated the [...]

Pensacola Police will now wear body cameras

Pensacola Police will now wear body cameras

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that Pensacola Police officers would begin wearing body cameras as part of their regular duty gear. “Pensacola is fortunate to have what I believe is one of the finest police departments in the country, but we are always looking for ways that we [...]

2016 Florida Ballot: Rights Restoration Amendment

2016 Florida Ballot: Rights Restoration Amendment

Sara Latshaw, Director for American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida—Northwest Region, stopped me earlier this week to talk about the ACLU initiative to restore the rights for people who have been convicted of felonies and served their sentences. Florida is one of four states in [...]

Valentino complaint against Chief Deputy dismissed

Valentino complaint against Chief Deputy dismissed

The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed an ethics complaint filed by former County Commissioner Gene Valentino against Escambia County Chief Deputy Eric Haines. Valentino had been upset that Haines would not comply with his request to fly the flag at the ECSO administrative building at [...]

Florida Cabinet meeting tomorrow could be fun…Oh, there is now a lawsuit

Florida Cabinet meeting tomorrow could be fun…Oh, there is now a lawsuit

February’s Florida Cabinet is scheduled tomorrow to be held in Tampa during the State Fair. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam thought what could be a heated discussion over how Gov. Rick Scott has handled the transition of the several state agency heads—FLDE Gerald Bailey’s ouster in [...]

Next Rick Scott issue: Department of Corrections

Next Rick Scott issue:  Department of Corrections

The News Journal buried today the story of former Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews telling the media that the governor's office interfered with his operations. Other daily newspapers around the state placed the story on their front pages. The Miami Herald interviewed [...]

Flag vote delayed until March

Flag vote delayed until March

The PNJ is reporting that Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson will ask the Board of County Commissioners to delay until early March any vote on what flags to display at the Pensacola Bay Center. I've called Robinson for confirmation but the call went to his voicemail. The issue of [...]

Joyner went after the elephant in the room…Rick Scott

Joyner went after the elephant in the room…Rick Scott

The AP Legislative Planning Session began on Wednesday with Florida Senate Democrat Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa. I felt a little sorry for this little black woman standing before three dozen reporters who were on the top floor of the state capitol waiting to grill Gov. Rick Scott. Joyner [...]

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget yesterday morning at the AP Legislative Planning Session. His "Keep Florida Working Budget" for 2015-16 uses nearly all of the reported $1 billion surplus on taxes and fees cuts --$673 million--and an increase in education spending and cuts [...]

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