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Lawmakers Working On Fix To Extended Foster Care

The sponsor of Florida’s 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

09/22/2014

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Gov. Scott Signs Texting While Driving Bill In Miami

Florida’s new texting while driving ban became official on Tuesday at Gov. Rick Scott’s bill signing ceremony in Miami.

CBS Miami–05/28/2013

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Gov. Scott To Sign Texting While Driving Bill In Miami

Florida’s new texting while driving ban will become official on Tuesday at Gov. Rick Scott’s bill signing ceremony in Miami.

CBS Miami–05/24/2013

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Texting While Driving Ban Goes To Gov. Scott

Gone will be the days of distracted drivers’ mid-conversation via text—that’s if Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill to ban texting while driving.

CBS4–05/03/2013

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Last Minute Amendment May Doom Texting While Driving Ban Bill

A last minute change to a bill that would ban texting while driving could keep it from passing in the Senate.

CBS4–05/01/2013

A federal bill that could cost online retailers and customers more money passed a second Senate vote Thursday. (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Online Sales Tax Bill Passes Second Senate Vote

A federal bill that could cost online retailers and customers more money passed a second Senate vote Thursday

CBS4–04/12/2013

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Texting While Driving Ban Headed To Senate, House Floors

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – After clearing its final committee hurdle on Monday, a bill that would ban texting while driving is headed to the Senate floor.

Both the Senate version of the bill and House version, which is going to the floor there, make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means police would have to stop a driver for a primary offense before they could be cited for texting while driving.

A first time violation would be a $30 fine plus court costs. Drivers caught again within five years would be hit with a $60 fine and three points on their license.

“Hopefully, we’ve gone beyond public support into public frustration that we haven’t passed something,” said Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, the bill’s sponsor. “I think this is the year.”

In the past four years, texting ban bills have failed under Republican opposition due to government intrusion concerns.

CBS4–04/09/2013

Community Health Center Gives Newborn Care Class For Low-Income Parents

Time’s Running Out For Children’s Health Care Bill

A bill aiming to expand access to health care coverage for Florida children may not be passed in time.

CBS4–03/25/2013

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Committee Vote May Be Close On Domestic Partnerships

A senator who last month opposed a bill that would create domestic partnerships for unmarried couples will support a new, narrower version when it comes up Tuesday in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

CBS4–03/12/2013

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Senator Files Measure Which Would Ban Texting While Driving

A state senator from Venice is hoping the third time is the charm to pass legislation which would ban drivers from typing or reading texts, emails or other electronic messages while behind the wheel.

11/20/2012

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