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  • Panel sends bill to shutter adult arcades to full Senate

    Panel sends bill to shutter adult arcades to full Senate
    TALLAHASSEE -- Despite pleas from senior citizens and arcade owners, a Florida Senate panel voted unanimously Tuesday to shutter Internet cafes, adult arcades and South Florida maquinitas. "We do not allow gambling in the state of Florida unless enacted...
  • Committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' changes

    Committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' changes
    TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But gun-rights groups...
  • State aims to thwart predators

    Florida lawmakers on Tuesday took the first steps to stop repeat sex offenders by proposing wide-ranging changes, including flagging potential predators when first arrested and keeping closer tabs on them once released. "Children are dead, lives have...
  • And the legislative budget games begin: Senate wants bigger reserves

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Just when you thought Florida was out of the financial ditch, state lawmakers want to pull it back in — at least rhetorically. The Senate Appropriations Committee opened its first post-2012 elections hearing Wednesday with...
  • Thrasher on Medicaid: We’re looking for ideas

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A leading Senate Republican said that the Senate is looking for ways to get health care for the the more than 800,000 low-income uninsured Floridians who would qualify for Medicaid if the state expanded the program under the Affordable...
  • Parks, beaches may be next target for smoking bans

     
    By Jennifer Curington, Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE— Local governments would get the authority to ban smoking at beaches, parks, sports facilities and other outdoor areas under a bill moving through the Florida Legislature – but enforcement...
  • Senate budget chief wants to eliminate insurance industry tax break and roll back vehicle tag fees

     
    A top senator said Thursday that he will introduce legislation to eliminate a nearly 30-year-old tax break for insurance companies and use the estimated $220 million in savings to roll back the annual car registration fees paid by the state's drivers. &#...
  • Senate panel votes unanimously to shut down Internet cafes

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Despite pleas from senior citizens and arcade owners, a Florida Senate panel voted unanimously Tuesday to shutter Internet cafes, adult arcades and South Florida maquinitas. “We do not allow gambling in the state of Florida...
  • Bill to shutter Internet cafes, adult arcades goes to the gov

     
    TALLAHASSEE – South Florida senior arcades are likely going out of business. Lawmakers sent a measure to Gov. Rick Scott Thursday that would outlaw Internet cafes, senior arcades and maquinitas. “There is nothing in this bill that is going...
  • It's refreshing to see so many rotten bills put down

    It's refreshing to see so many rotten bills put down
    There are so many astoundingly bad things happening in Tallahassee these days that it's easy to get overwhelmed and depressed. But I'm not going to let that happen. Think of today's column as a verbal dose of Prozac — a pick-me-up in the form of...
  • Senate passes Ford Motor Co. liability shield bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has voted to shield automakers from some injury-lawsuit payouts in wrecks where a defective part may have caused an injury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that auto-makers could be held solely at fault for...