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House Passes Bill Which Targets Teachers Who Have Sex With Students

With backers saying they are trying to better protect school children, the Florida House has approved a bill that would toughen penalties for teachers and other school employees who commit sexual offenses against students.

4 hours ago

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Senate Backs Pot Proposal Minus Governor’s Wish List

A proposal that would decriminalize a form of marijuana that could dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy is on its way to the Senate floor but lacks the elements Gov. Rick Scott says he wants.

4 hours ago

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Nursing Home Bill Limits Who Can Be Sued

A bill which passed the House Wednesday, would limit litigants who file a case against a nursing home.

6 hours ago

Electronic cigarettes with different flavored E liquid on display at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

House Tries To Keep E-Cigs Away From Kids

The Florida House has unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors.

7 hours ago

(Source: Anthony Gonzalez) A photo of Aaron Cohen who died in a hit and run accident on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Florida House Passes Aaron Cohen Act

The Florida House has unanimously passed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act. The bill, named after cyclist Aaron Cohen, would toughen penalties for hit-and-run drivers in serious accidents.

04/22/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

MADD, Sheriffs At Odds Over DUI Proposal

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is objecting to an abstinence-based proposal that would let judges order twice-daily breath tests instead of ignition interlock devices for repeat DUI offenders.

04/20/2014

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Marijuana Firm Buys Buildings In Florida

Positioning itself before a state legislators take up a medical marijuana measure later this year, a publicly traded firm which grows medical marijuana has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

04/20/2014

A woman holds a breathalyser (Ethylotest) in a car. (Source: FRED TANNEAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Breath Tests Get Support In DUI Wars

Judges may have another way to help repeat DUI offenders sober up for good.

04/17/2014

Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.  (Source: Miami Dade College)

MDC’s Board Backs Padron

Miami Dade College’s Board of Trustees has reaffirmed its support for President Eduardo Padron who was caught up in a public firestorm after he criticized several Republican lawmakers.

04/15/2014

Florida Rep. Jose Oliva

Facing South Florida: State Rep. Jose Oliva

Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron launched an incredibly personal attack against members of the Florida legislature. Padron, president of the largest college in the country, is angry that a block of Miami-Dade legislators are blocking his efforts to have voters decide a possible sales tax increase that would be dedicated to helping the college expand. Republican State Representative Jose Oliva bore the brunt of that attack.

CBS4–04/14/2014

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