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Election Snafu: Was Ballot Too Long?

January 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

When Gov. Rick Scott recently listed ways he thinks Florida could reduce voting difficulties and long polling lines, he drew the most attention for a change of course in suggesting that more early voting might help.

But another idea Scott raised may have more far-reaching implications for public policy in Florida, and might even be more difficult to accomplish than the politically volatile suggestion about early voting.

Transocean to Pay $1.4 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Claims

Florida Supreme Court: 63 New Judges Needed by Courts

Genting Bows Out of Casino Ballot Effort, Waiting for Lawmakers

December 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Casino giant Genting is folding its effort to get a statewide gambling legalization initiative on the ballot, with the company saying it wants to support legislators' efforts to make a broad examination of gaming in the state.

Immigrant College Tuition Bill Filed

Democrats File Bills to Increase Early Voting Hours

November 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Democrats in the state Senate on Thursday filed the first legislation arising out of concerns over voting difficulties, seeking to expand early voting times and the places where early voting can occur.

The measures would also eliminate a requirement that people who have moved into a community from outside the county vote a provisional ballot on Election Day if they hadn't earlier changed their legal address.

The bills (SB 80, SB 82) were filed by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami.

Bill Would Require Booster Seats for Kids up to 7

November 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Most children under 7 would have to ride in a booster seat or other safety seat under legislation filed Monday in the state Senate.

The proposal which federal officials have been pushing Florida to pass for several years is aimed at avoiding injuries to children who remain too small to be adequately protected by an adult seatbelt, even after they're too big for infant car seats.

Florida is one of three states that don't require older children to ride in a booster seat after age 4.

Expect House to Start Upcoming Session Earlier; Rules Won't Change Dramatically

November 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

The House will start its sessions a little earlier, and one subcommittee will write the House budget for both K-12 education and higher ed, under new rules proposed Friday by leadership for approval by legislators next week.

For the most part, House rules put forward by House Rules Chairman Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, don't include many changes from the existing ones.

For nonmembers, the most noticeable changes will include a new default start time for floor sessions, 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. as it has been in recent years.

Citizens Property Bad Faith Case Must Go to Trial

'Stand Your Ground' Panel Working on Recommendations

November 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

A group tasked by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law appears unlikely to recommend any major revamping of the statute, although it will make suggestions for additional study by lawmakers.

The panel, meeting Tuesday in Pensacola, worked on a draft report that largely would urge lawmakers to look more carefully at a couple of particular concerns about areas of the law that may be vague. The panel was created to review the law in the wake of the case in which neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

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