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Former Governor Calls On Scott To Stop Water BillFormer Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has added his name to the list of opponents asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a water-policy bill that is expected to be signed Thursday.
Controversial Water Protection Bill Passes In Senate, Moves To HouseDespite objections from environmentalists, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a massive bill on Wednesday aiming to protect and restore the state's springs, waterways and groundwater.
Lawmaker Wants To Toughen Laws For Refusing DUI TestsA Republican senator is seeking to toughen laws for drivers who refuse to take tests aimed at determining whether they are driving under the influence.
Senate Again Focused On Uber Driver InsuranceThe Senate isn't ready to match a House proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft.
'Stand Your Ground' Bill Heads To Senate FloorA proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law is poised to go to the full Senate after stalling in the House.
Senate Changes Map Amid Miami-Dade QuestionsThe political realities of redistricting burst into the open Tuesday, as the Senate approved a proposal increasing the Hispanic share of three of the chamber's South Florida seats over objections from Democrats who argued the move was an attempt to prevent incumbents from running against each other.
Senators Joust Over Maps Ahead Of Key VoteOne day before a high-stakes committee meeting, there were few signs Thursday that state senators were any closer to agreement on how the chamber's 40 districts should be drawn or numbered to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning political gerrymandering.
Adoption 'Conscience Protection' Tabled In SenateAfter nearly two hours of debate, a Senate committee Monday voted to table a controversial House bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
Senate Removes Long-Term Funding From Ambitious Springs Plan The Senate has drained a recurring pool of money from a measure intended to provide long term protection and management of the state's endangered natural springs.
Trayvon Martin's Parents To Address Legislators On "Stand Your Ground" LawThe parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are scheduled to testify Monday before a legislative committee considering changes to the state's so-called "stand your ground" law.
State Report: Law Against "No Fault" Fraud Reducing RatesAuto insurance costs will come down slightly, more than a year after reforms aimed at reducing fraud in the state's "no-fault" auto insurance system were implemented, according to a preliminary analysis of rates by the state.
State Report Says Law Against 'No Fault' Fraud Is Reducing Rates Auto insurance costs will come down slightly, more than a year after reforms aimed at reducing fraud in the state's "no-fault" auto insurance system were implemented, according to a preliminary analysis of rates by the state.

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