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Lawyers, judges and professors are pushing back against Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reassign a death penalty case. The move comes after the Orlando State Attorney announced she won’t pursue capital punishment.

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Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.

Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.

Religious Freedom Bills Move Forward

Mar 24, 2017
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A bill aimed at protecting displays of religious faith in public schools passed the Senate on nearly party-line vote Thursday, while a more-limited version moved toward the House floor.

A number of NRA-backed bills are now headed to the House floor. That includes a bill making changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and another allowing guns on private school property.

The Florida Senate has approved a bill to tear down the regulatory wall between grocery stores and liquor stores. But the plan has independent retailers worried.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is doubling down on tough talk about Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala.  Corcoran says her blanket decision not to seek the death penalty crosses a line and he urges Florida Governor Rick Scott to suspend the prosecutor.

State lawmakers are advancing a plan to allow gun owners to check their weapons at the courthouse door. The bill is moving forward even as top politicians are taking a stand against gun expansion.

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Tampa and two other metro areas in Florida were among the nation's 10 biggest gainers in the number of people moving there last year, and another three Florida metro areas were in the top 10 for overall growth rates.

'It Gets Better' In The Community And The Theater

Mar 22, 2017
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Getting through middle and high school can be stressful – especially for students who struggle with their sexual orientation.

The national It Gets Better Project is in Tampa for the first time this week, assuring young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that their lives can improve after high school.

A pair of bills to increase school bus safety passed their first House committee Tuesday. 

The Department of Economic Opportunity believes it needs access to the state driver’s license database to stop reemployment assistance fraud.  House lawmakers are one step closer to giving the agency what it wants.

A decades old subsidy for the insurance industry is shedding light on differing approaches for cutting taxes in the state.  A Senate panel approved a plan to plow the money into reducing a business rent tax.

Pulse victims and family members are taking legal action against the security firm that employed the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Dozens of victims and family members plan on filing a complaint Wednesday in federal court against G4S Security Solutions.

They allege the security firm failed to report changes in Omar Mateen’s mental health and seize his weapon before the nightclub shooting that left 49 dead last June.

Florida allows some of the easiest access to government records and meetings of any state in the country under the state's Sunshine Laws. 

People have a right to access state documents like minutes from meetings between government officials, foster care case files and environmental studies. Government meetings for the most part are open to the public for anyone to attend.

TALLAHASSEE — Lawyers for convicted felons filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against Florida officials, alleging that the state's process for restoring voting rights to people who have completed their sentences is arbitrary.

Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala believes Florida Governor Rick Scott overstepped his authority in pulling her from the Markeith Loyd murder trial.  But Scott defends his decision to replace Ayala with fifth district state attorney Brad King.

Fewer felons are getting their voting rights restored under Governor Rick Scott than in the past two administrations. Attorney Brittnie Baker said Scott has denied her clients the right to once again vote because of traffic violations or admitting they drank or used drugs.

Senate To Consider ‘Liquor Wall’ Appeal

Mar 19, 2017

A controversial measure that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery and retail stores is expected to go before the full Senate on Tuesday.

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The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to Florida workers for violating minimum wage and overtime rules as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Florida is dropping all charges against an attorney accused of leading a $300 million gambling ring that led to the 2013 resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

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