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Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption Ban

After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program — while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.

04/14/2015

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Lawmakers Pan Critics Of Film, TV Remake

An effort to revamp the state’s approach to attracting film and television production is moving forward in the House and Senate, after Republican lawmakers openly panned the plan’s most vocal critic.

04/02/2015

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Lawmakers Eye Reduction In Group Care For Foster Kids

As lawmakers continue efforts to shore up the front lines of Florida’s child-protection system, they are also eyeing the back end — that is, what happens to children who have been removed from family homes due to abuse and neglect.

03/13/2015

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Bill Seeks To Stop ‘Cockroaches’ From Preying On Seniors

A Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at protecting Florida seniors from predatory “professional guardians,” described by one lawmaker as “cockroaches.”

03/12/2015

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Lawmakers Look To Increase Adoptions Of Foster Kids

A new bill meant to increase adoptions of foster kids in Florida unanimously passed its first panel on Thursday.

02/05/2015

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Senate Bill Could Help Hand Car Keys To Kids In Foster Care

A bill that would give teens and young adults in foster care greater access to driver’s licenses unanimously passed its first Senate panel on Tuesday.

02/18/2014

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Playground Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee

A proposal that could ban people from smoking in parks where children play moved easily through its first Senate test on Thursday.

01/09/2014

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E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Backed By Senate Committee

With the slim metal tubes becoming a trendy alternative to regular cigarettes, a Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

11/07/2013

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Texting While Driving Bill Closer To Law, New Strings Attached

A bill banning texting while driving was approved in its first committee Wednesday, but with exceptions.

CBS4–02/07/2013

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Texting Bill Passes Trans. Committee

A bill aimed at curbing the temptation to text while on the road was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday by a 10-0 vote.

CBS4–12/08/2011

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