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The Florida legislature has started sending Governor Ron DeSantis bills to sign -- a process delayed due to the coronavirus.

DeSantis received seven bills last week and signed all of them. 

While most are relatively non-controversial, one new law ups the stakes for citizen’s initiatives on ballots, and its opponents are disappointed in DeSantis’ move.

Floridians could add more sparkle to the Fourth of July and two other holidays, under the latest attempt to water down the state’s prohibition against fireworks.
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Floridians could add more sparkle to the Fourth of July and two other holidays, under the latest attempt to water down the state’s prohibition against fireworks.

Republican State Representative James Grant says Florida’s Constitution should operate like a constitution and that people shouldn't be playing political games with it.
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A proposed new “citizens amendment” could be on the ballot for Florida voters in 2020. It would replace two words in the state constitution with one word. Instead saying every citizen can vote, it would say only a citizen can vote.

The measure is picking up steam, even though it’s already illegal for noncitizens to vote. In fact, a group called Florida Citizens Voters has raised more than $4.6 million and says it has gathered more than the double of the signatures that a petition needs to be included in next year's ballot.

On this week's Florida Roundup we look at the proposed "citizens amendment." 

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Several members of Hillsborough County's legislative delegation gave their take on the just-ended Tallahassee session Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club.

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Lawmakers in Tallahassee are closer to enacting statewide regulations on short-term rentals. But local governments, which have set their own rules, are opposed to the proposal.  

State Will Not Appeal Pot Decision

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The state Department of Health will not appeal an administrative law judge's decision that struck down a proposed framework for regulating Florida's new medical-marijuana industry.

Nathan Dunn, a department spokesman, said in an email Monday that the agency will hold a workshop Dec. 30 in Orlando as it again tries to develop a rule.

Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott this spring approved a bill that will allow strains of non-euphoric marijuana, which supporters say can help people with certain types of conditions, such as children with severe forms of epilepsy.

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An appeals court has rejected an emergency stay sought by the Florida Department of Health to prevent reinstatement of the license of Broward County ophthalmologist Alan Mendelsohn, who went to federal prison after a political-corruption probe.