Florida Politics

House, Senate Ready To Approve Budget PlansLawmakers on both ends of the Capitol worked Wednesday to prepare spending plans for the budget year that begins July 1, with House members squabbling about funding for Planned Parenthood while senators readied a reduction in education property taxes.
House, Senate Remain At Odds On Death Penalty FixThe daughter of one murder victim and the mother of another pleaded with lawmakers Wednesday not to require unanimous jury recommendations before death sentences can be imposed, pointing to their family members' cases as proof that unanimity is a bad idea.
New Battle Brews Over Retirement SystemThe House State Affairs Committee narrowly approved a bill Wednesday that could shift more public employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, setting up a clash with the Senate over pensions and death benefits for first responders.
Historic Race To Havana Takes Off From Miami Dozens of racing yachts will take to the sea Wednesday in a historic race from Miami to Havana.
Migration & Fraud An Issue For US, Cuban Officials U.S. and Cuban officials met this week to talk about how to prevent human smuggling and fraud.
Campus-Carry Bill Poised For House ApprovalThe House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to keep carrying guns while strolling on college and university campuses.
Obama Administration Loosens Cuba Embargo With New MeasuresThe Obama administration has yet again loosened the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.
Campus-Carry Gun Bill Likely Holstered By Senate CommitteeA Senate Judiciary Committee is not likely to take up a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to pack heat while on college and university campuses.
Rubio Betting On A Long-Haul Strategy To Win GOP NominationRepublican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is relying more on a national strategy as he lowers his expectations for February's primary contests.
Execution Delay Sought Amid Missing RecordsAttorneys for a convicted murderer scheduled to be put to death on St. Patrick's Day are asking the Florida Supreme Court for a stay, arguing that records --- including some stored in an insect-infested shed --- were destroyed.
Drone Liability Bill Continues Flying In SenateA proposal that would make owners of drones liable for the negligence of the aerial devices' operators was revamped Tuesday, but critics still say the measure could ground the industry's growth in Florida.
Questions Persist With Arrival Of Cuban Immigrants From Central AmericaSpanish language radio host Ninoska Perez has been fielding calls from listeners focused on the recent arrival of nearly 200 Cubans from Central America, and the impending arrival of thousands of others.

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