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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 [...]

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

CONVENED: The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presiding. MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, asked for a moment of silence for Ryan Uhre, a legislative intern who died last month in Tallahassee. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED: [...]

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

By Margie Menzel The News Service of Florida A Florida Senate panel on Monday unanimously passed three bills dealing with sexually violent predators and sexual crimes against children --- the first in a series of measures expected to unfold across four committees and both legislative chambers [...]

Americans for Prosperity Florida targets Greg Evers

Americans for Prosperity Florida targets Greg Evers

Americans for Prosperity Florida, the conservative political advocacy group sponsored in part by billionaires David H. Koch and Charles Koch, has targeted one of Northwest Florida’s most conservative state senators. An AFP flyer was received yesterday by Santa Rosa County voters blasting Sen. [...]

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

As I reported last week, Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford and nine other supervisors testified yesterday about their experiences during the 2012 General Election before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, chaired by Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater). The meeting, lasting [...]

Magaha not the only one under fire for pay raises

Magaha not the only one under fire for pay raises

Once the two legislative leaders were sworn in, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford immediately hired new chiefs of staff and paid them more than taxpayers pay state Cabinet officials, according to the Miami Herald. Weatherford hired Kathy Mears as his chief of [...]

Blackwater Oil Bill Killed

A state bill aiming to entice oil companies onto state land has apparently stalled out in a senate committee this morning. The senate’s Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee considered Sen. Greg Evers’ S.B. 1158 and decided to temporarily postpone the proposal. “The [...]

Sink calls for economic protections during special session

Sink calls for economic protections during special session

Press Release: Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House Larry Cretul and President of the Florida Senate Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 [...]

Buzz: Late night phone calls

Buzz: Late night phone calls

My phone rang several times late last night on several topics. Here the rumors that seem to have some legs - but understand they are only buzz and haven't been proved...yet 1. Commissioner Gene Valentino may not be out of the woods with Gov. Charlie Crist. The governor has the power to remove [...]

Don Gaetz: Real power

State Sen. Don Gaetz has been appointed by Senate President Jeff Atwater to head the Senate Select Committee on Florida's Economy. According to Atwater: "The mission of this Select Committee on Florida’s Economy is to create incentives and eliminate disincentives to economic recovery and [...]

Florida Senate to raise property taxes

The Florida Senate wants to raise the millage rate for the Northwest Florida Water Management District to come in line with the rest of the state from 0.05 to 1.0 mill. On a house valued at $150,000 that currently pays (.045 mil) $6.75 a year -- it will go to $150.00 a year. That's a 2,200 [...]