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Big Day for New Laws

This past Saturday was a big day for a slew of new laws that came into effect.  New restrictions on expert witnesses, minors seeking abortions, and local governments with gun ordinances kick in Saturday as new bills passed by lawmakers earlier this year go into effect.In all, 29 new laws go on the books Oct.…

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Pants on the Ground No More in Florida Schools

It might be considered cool by some but in Florida schools this fall season it won’t be tolerated!  Gary Siplin, Orlando’s Democratic State Senator, is using the free belts to remind students of the Pull Up Your Pants law he finally passed last spring after six years of pushing for it. As of now, only…

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Federal Ruling on Florida Drug Law

The most recent federal ruling will open up a pandoras box of possibilities for many people convicted of drug offenses! A federal judge has struck down a Florida drug law that convicts suspects of a drug offense even if they are unaware that the controlled substance is illegal. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven found the…

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Election Law Could Harm Minorities

Florida’s new election law would harm minority voters, particularly Blacks, and should be rejected, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Project Vote said in a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the letter, Black voters are more likely to vote early and to move than Whites, meaning provisions cutting back…

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Florida Being Sued By Teachers Union

The 140,000-member statewide teachers union sued Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials Monday to block a new law that requires state employees to begin contributing to their retirement plans. The challenge, filed in Leon County circuit court, asserts that the law’s required 3 percent contribution to the state’s retirement fund amounts to a breach…

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Florida Passes Controversial Immigration Law

Heather Clancy over at All Business wrote a good article about the passing of this new law.  What do you think? Last wee, with far less hooplah than Arizona, legislators in the state of Florida passed a law that seeks to curb illegal immigration. The new law states that Florida police need to “make a…

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A Look at Florida Bully Law

Ken Edelstein writes a good article on the new Florida bullying law and I agree it could use a bit more work. A Florida law praised nationally as a landmark step against bullying is falling far short in its most basic of goals: To get schools to report bullying incidents. The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up…

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Change in PIP Law

Changes are brewing to the state’s personal injury protection (PIP) law that could have a damaging impact on Florida hospital finances. While anti-fraud laws that have been enacted by the Florida legislature and enforced by the Florida Department of Insurance should be commended, the PIP law changes now under consideration would have serious negative consequences.…

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Florida Bikers Want Helmet Law Reinstated

Motorcyclists from around Florida rolled into Tallahassee Monday and went to work lobbying for a variety of issues, including helmet laws. Florida does not require bikers to wear helmets as long as they are 21 years of age and have insurance coverage of at least $10,000 for injuries sustained on a motorcycle. ABATE of Florida…

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Florida Policymakers United Against Year Old Health Law

One year ago today, President Obama stood in the East Room of the White House before 22 pens, alongside a boy whose uninsured mother had died of cancer. As the president prepared to use each pen to sign the landmark health care bill into law, Obama declared that America had, at long last, enshrined “the…

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