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TaxWatch recommends paroling elderly prisoners

TaxWatch recommends paroling elderly prisoners

Florida's prison population is rapidly increasing despite declining crime rates, and the latest report from Florida TaxWatch recommends options to prevent increasing costs from overwhelming taxpayers. The report, Florida's Aging Prisoner Problem, warns that the steadily growing elderly prison [...]

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Long-sought regulations on Florida's commercial parasailing industry, along with a measure about crimes against unborn children, are among 32 laws that go into effect Wednesday. A number of the new laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2014 [...]

Poll show Governor’s race too close to call

Poll show Governor’s race too close to call

By DARA KAM and JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Less than two months before Election Day, Florida voters are split between their top two choices for governor, but they agree on one thing --- neither candidate turns them on. That's according to a poll by Quinnipiac University [...]

Patronis selected for Public Service Commission

Patronis selected for Public Service Commission

special to IN When Gov. Rick Scott visited Pensacola this summer for a rally at a VFW hall, Jimmy Patronis introduced him to the crowd. That relationship has paid off for the Panama City lawmaker. Gov. Scott has named state Rep. Jimmy Patronis to a seat on the Florida Public Service [...]

A cautious optimism prevails at child protection summit

A cautious optimism prevails at child protection summit

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA New money, a new leader and a sweeping new law had Florida's child-welfare professionals and foster parents feeling cautiously optimistic at their annual gathering this week. After nearly two years of turmoil, the 2,650 attendees at the Department [...]

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

State lawmakers will have about $336 million extra in the budget year that begins next July, according to a draft state report issued late Wednesday. The Long-Range Financial Outlook, an annual report, says that surplus takes into account the likelihood that the Legislature will continue to set [...]

Poll shows Scott has a lead over Crist

Poll shows Scott has a lead over Crist

TIMES/UF POLL SHOWS SCOTT WITH LEAD Little more than two months before Election Day, a new poll shows Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a 5-point lead over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. The Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll found that Scott received support from 40.9 [...]

Legislative panel questions proposed pot rule

Legislative panel questions proposed pot rule

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A legislative panel that plays a key role in overseeing state agencies has joined the chorus of critics seeking changes to a proposed soup-to-nuts rule setting up Florida's new medical-marijuana industry. A 19-page letter from the Joint Administrative [...]

Gay marriage case sent to Florida Supreme Court

Gay marriage case sent to Florida Supreme Court

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida's ban on gay marriage is now in the hands of the state's highest court after an appeals court asked that the justices resolve the controversial prohibition. The request Wednesday from the 2nd District Court of Appeal for the first time puts the [...]

State Capital Buzz: School Vouchers, Veterans dealing with PTSD

State Capital Buzz: School Vouchers, Veterans dealing with PTSD

LAWSUIT SEEKS TO END SCHOOL VOUCHERS PROGRAM A coalition of groups and individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a de facto school-vouchers program that serves tens of thousands of children. The Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards [...]

State Capital Briefs: Primary results within a hour of polls close, victory for net fishermen

State Capital Briefs:  Primary results within a hour of polls close, victory for net fishermen

MORE THAN 1.1M VOTERS CAST ABSENTEE, EARLY BALLOTS More than 1.1 million votes were cast in Florida before Tuesday's primary-election day began, with over 850,000 through absentee ballots and almost 300,000 during early voting, according the Department of State. During a press briefing Tuesday [...]

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

One of the strangest interviews I did while covering the Billings murders was with Mark Turner. He shared a lot of insights on the used car business. At the time, Turner was involved with a large civil case and was appealing a conviction on money laundering. He was waging a social media [...]

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