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A Determined Rick Scott: 'I Want ... a Law Enforcement Presence at Our Schools'

March 2, 2018 - 6:00am
Gov. Rick Scott with the Pettys Thursday

Accompanied by the father and brother of a student slain during last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Gov. Rick Scott made a rare appearance before the House and Senate on Thursday to urge lawmakers to pass a sweeping measure aimed at making schools safer and keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Scott, Legislators Pitch Changes in School Safety, Gun Laws

February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Jose Oliva, Rick Scott and Oscar Braynon

Pledging “change is coming” and “never again,” Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders on Friday released proposals encompassing gun laws, safer schools and mental health, with the goal of preventing future tragedies like last week’s mass shooting at a Broward County high school that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

Scott: ‘We Have to Make Changes' on School Safety

February 20, 2018 - 9:30pm
Gov. Rick Scott in Parkland

Metal detectors at schools, better coordination between agencies and keeping guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill were among the solutions three groups of experts handed Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, as state leaders search for ways to prevent tragedies like last week’s mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Broward County high school.

Mental Health Strategies Sought in Wake of Massacre

February 20, 2018 - 5:45pm

Better integration of data, coordination of care and services and early screening and assessment were among recommendations a panel of mental health experts offered Tuesday at a workshop organized by Gov. Rick Scott in response to last week’s shooting rampage by a troubled 19-year-old that left 17 people --- including 14 teenagers --- dead.

Weekly Roundup: Reeling Again

February 16, 2018 - 4:30pm
Jared Moskowitz and Bill Galvano

Those were the words of a grieving parent Thursday, the day after his 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was gunned down by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting.

Senate Continues Looking for a Gambling Deal

February 12, 2018 - 5:45pm

A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal in the next few days, as lawmakers rush to reach consensus on --- and pass --- a sweeping proposal before the session ends on March 9.

“We will have what I call a more formal proposal (from the tribe) this week, to take into consideration in terms of the direction they want to go,” Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who for years has played a major role in gambling talks with the tribe, told The News Service of Florida on Monday.

Weekly Roundup: Aiming Toward November

January 26, 2018 - 6:45pm

Looser gun laws and low taxes? Those were just two of the items the Republican-dominated Legislature advanced this week, offering more proof (as if any were needed) that it’s an election year in Florida.

Weekly Roundup: Capitol Grapples with Porn, Gambling, Storms

Weekly Roundup: Pomp, Circumstance and Priorities

January 14, 2018 - 5:45pm

Lubricated by cocktails at an annual pre-session Associated Industries of Florida fete Monday, the first week of the 2018 legislative session bore many of the usual hallmarks of the 60-day pageant.

Latvala's Legal Woes Could Worsen Because of National Harassment Focus

December 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Jack Latvala
Maintaining his innocence after a special master concluded he had engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment for years, Sen. Jack Latvala announced Wednesday he will quit his legislative post.
But the Clearwater Republican's legal troubles may not be over, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement explores whether Latvala broke public corruption laws by promising legislative favors in exchange for sex, as alleged in two reports released this week.



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