House Aims To Approve Open-Carry BillThe House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry sidearms in most public places.
Group Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Sheriff In Gun DebateThe Florida Sheriffs Association is pushing back against criticism targeting Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri for remarks he made last week opposing controversial legislation that would allow people with concealed-weapon licenses to openly carry guns.
Police Chiefs Will Back Revised Open-Carry BillAcknowledging "momentum" behind a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry guns, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said Thursday its board of directors had voted to back the controversial measure --- as long as changes designed to protect law-enforcement officers are included.
Sheriffs Cautious About Expanding Juvenile CitationsThe use of civil citations to divert juvenile offenders from the justice system has spread to nearly all Florida counties. A new law goes into effect Oct .1, giving teens who are apprehended by law enforcement second or third chances to avoid arrest. And supporters want the state to spend $2 million next year to expand the programs.
Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child WelfareHouse and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.
Florida Sheriffs Target Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence was the target of a month long effort by the Florida Sheriffs Task Force (FSTF) called Operation Safe Families, aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida.
Fla. Woman Arrested For Allegedly Riding Manatee A St. Petersburg woman who was caught on camera riding a manatee earlier this year is now facing major legal trouble.