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  • Putting teeth into texting law a necessity

    Putting teeth into texting law a necessity
    Florida's texting-while-driving ban, to be bluntly honest, is a joke. "Weak" doesn't begin to describe the watered-down law state lawmakers approved in 2013.
  • Nelson, Demings lead job of reviving state Democrats

    Nelson, Demings lead job of reviving state Democrats
    Stung by the Nov. 4 election, Florida Democrats are turning to two Central Florida leaders, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and former Orlando police Chief Val Demings, to try to figure out what went wrong. The duo will lead a task force examining the machinery...

    Bill would raise stakes on texting while driving

    Bill would raise stakes on texting while driving
    Get your hands on the wheel and put down the cell, because the first bill filed for the next legislative session would allow police to pull over drivers for texting while driving. Currently, police can only ticket motorists if they are pulled over for a...

    Florida gambling's next step: Seminole compact

    Florida gambling's next step: Seminole compact
    The question of who will govern Florida is settled and there's a consensus on the next step in planning Florida's gambling future. But after that... Casino operators, legislators and others in the gambling industry met Tuesday for the annual Florida...

    Broward legislators' post-election wish list is packed

    It took just a few minutes into the meeting for Broward County's legislative district to find its new chair — Sen. Jeremy Ring. He was the only person nominated, and the vote was unanimous. Sen. Chris Smith nominated Ring. "Sen. Ring has...