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Lawmakers Taking Another Look at Stand Your Ground Law

As the news these days is full of controversy regarding the Stand Your Ground Law, Florida must either repeal its Stand Your Ground self-defense law or enact sweeping changes to avert more tragedies like the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, Democratic leaders of the state’s legislature said on Thursday. A Seminole County…

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Traveling Criminals

In recent months, law enforcement officials in central Florida have reported a sudden upsurge in “smash-and-grab” incidents at state parks, ballfields, community centers, churches, gyms and day care centers. These crimes appear to be connected to South Florida-based organized crime rings known as “Felony Lane” gangs, officials say. “South Florida is so densely populated, it’s…

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No Obamacare Says Florida Govenor

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare; however, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he doesn’t care. So disinterested is Scott that, according to a Fox News interview highlighted in the Tampa Bay Times, the politician announced that he will not put Obamacare into action in his state. “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in…

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Self Defense Law; Florida vs. Virginia

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin inspired national sympathies and vigils. The impunity of his killer, George Zimmerman, however, ignited anger and concern. At the heart of the matter is this simple question: were George Zimmerman’s actions that night legally excusable, and does Zimmerman have protection under the law for shooting Trayvon Martin? Martin’s death…

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PIP Bill Passes in Florida Senate 22-17

In a last-ditch effort, the Florida Legislature gave Gov. Rick Scott one of his top priorities of the 2012 legislative session Friday night and changed the state’s no-fault auto insurance law. The House was the first to take up the compromise bill on personal injury protection, which drivers are required to buy in Florida, and…

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Florida Board of Govenors Continue Review

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Board of Governors can continue its investigation of how Florida A&M administrators handled concerns about hazing at the school. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday asked the board to suspend any investigation into hazing while it and other law enforcement agencies investigate the death of Robert Champion, a…

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Florida Health Care Law Challenge to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it has agreed to consider Florida’s challenge to the Obama administration’s landmark health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The decision sets the stage for a ruling that could be as controversial and history-changing as the 2000 halt to Florida vote recounts, a decision that…

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Temporary Halt to Florida’s Welfare Drug Testing Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial Florida law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction Monday evening against enforcement of the law’s “suspicionless drug testing” of adults seeking federal welfare. Read the full article here.

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