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Online Travel, Juvenile Sentencing Among Issues Facing Court

The Florida Supreme Court began an annual summer break last week, taking a breather from its routine of issuing opinions each Thursday in complex legal disputes and the steady flow of death-penalty appeals.

07/14/2014

Florida Keys (photo credit: Thinkstock)

Florida Keys To Get Extra Area Code In 2015

Keys residents, starting next year, will go from seven to ten-digit dialing.

07/11/2014

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Judge Rules Florida Legislature Broke Law On Maps

A Florida judge ordered congressional districts to be redrawn after ruling that the Florida Legislature illegally drew them.

07/10/2014

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State Rolls Out Plan For High-Stakes Pot Industry

Winners of Florida’s five, highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses could be selected through lotteries, according to a draft rule released late Wednesday by the Department of Health.

07/02/2014

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

Supreme Court To Weigh If Felons Can Stand Their Ground

The Florida Supreme Court will consider whether convicted felons have the right to claim immunity under the state’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law, even if they are barred from possessing guns in the first place.

07/02/2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott honored veterans in Hollywood, Florida on July 1, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Scott Honors Veterans, With Possible Election Benefits

As Gov. Rick Scott tours the state this week honoring military veterans, he is marking the contributions of a bloc of voters that could help in his difficult re-election fight.

07/01/2014

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 20: A customer picks out a smoking tip for her electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. As the popularity of E- cigarettes continue to grow, leading U.S. tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc. the maker of Marlboro cigarettes are annoucing plans to launch their own e-cigarettes as they start to pose a small but growing competitive threat to traditional smokes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida GI Bill, E-Cigarette Ban, Among New Laws July 1

On Tuesday, the state’s record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

06/26/2014

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Early End Forecast For ‘Hurricane Tax’

Collected to help pay claims from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, an extra charge on homeowners- and auto-insurance policies will be removed 18 months earlier than previously expected.

06/18/2014

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Gov. Scott Signs Late Term Abortion Bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that would make abortions illegal at any point in a woman’s pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.

06/13/2014

DAVIE, FL - MARCH 28:  Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media as he attends the ribbon cutting for the opening of a I-595 Express Project on March 28, 2014 in Davie, Florida. The Governor finds himself dogged by questions about recent resignations by one of his top fundraisers, Mike Fernandez, as well as Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, who is reported to have resigned Thursday from his post to protest the disparaging and disrespectful treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scotts campaign."  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Governor Rick Scott Signs Nearly 100 Bills

Gov. Rick Scott signed 95 bills into law Friday, including measures to further restrict abortions in Florida, keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors and regulate the commercial parasailing industry.

06/13/2014

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