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Scott wants more restrictions on marijuana proposal

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn't get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of [...]

U.S. Supreme Court turns down Scott on worker drug testing

U.S. Supreme Court turns down Scott on worker drug testing

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida In a blow to Gov. Rick Scott, the U.S. Supreme Court today said it would not take up his appeal of a ruling that blocked across-the-board drug testing for state employees. The Supreme Court did not give a reason for its decision, which was included [...]

Buzz: Gov. Scott appears to oppose ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

Buzz: Gov. Scott appears to oppose ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

The word out of Tallahassee is Gov. Rick Scott will oppose the bill that would legalize "Charlotte's Web,' the strain of marijuana that would help children suffering from severe epileptic seizures. At this morning's House committee hearing, the Scott's surgeon general spoke against the bill. [...]

What will Florida Legislature discuss today

What will Florida Legislature discuss today

PANEL TO CONSIDER CHILD-WELFARE OVERHAUL: The House Appropriations Committee will take up three bills, including a wide-ranging proposal (HB 7169), sponsored by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, that would make changes in the state's child-welfare system. Lawmakers have focused on the issue after a [...]

Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The Capitol fell largely silent this week, as lawmakers, lobbyists and some reporters took time to relax after the opening month and a half of the legislative session. The sniping between Gov. Rick Scott and his chief Democratic opponent, former [...]

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged yesterday Keith A. Seilhan, a former 20-year BP employee and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. The price of BP [...]

Sink will not seek rematch against Jolly

Sink will not seek rematch against Jolly

Alex Sink, who lost this past March a special election for U.S. House District 13, sent this email to her supporters: I have made a very personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election. I am honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our [...]

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates [...]

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

In a murder case that drew widespread attention, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday turned down an appeal by a Death Row inmate who was convicted of killing an Escambia County couple during a 2009 home-invasion robbery. Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., and four other men entered the home of [...]

Casino may be in the future for Escambia County

Casino may be in the future for Escambia County

With compact negotiations between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida underway, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are requesting that the governor start talks on a gambling deal for tribal land in Northwest Florida. Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin asked Scott to negotiate to begin [...]

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

Florida could save significant corrections costs by reducing prison sentences for nonviolent offenders, according to data analysis in a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, Overcriminalization In Florida, calls for the state to review options to reduce the prison population through [...]

Here is where issues stand in the Florida Legislature at the halfway point

Here is where issues stand in the Florida Legislature at the halfway point

Florida lawmakers have crossed the mid-point in their 60-day march to craft new laws, amend existing ones and agree on a roughly $75 billion budget for the next fiscal year. And they've done so mostly without controversy. A day at the Capitol was blown out to honor the Florida State [...]

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