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Weekly Roundup: Qualified Excitement

May 4, 2018 - 6:45pm

Florida’s first round of qualifying for the November elections played out this week. But it was, well, kind of anticlimactic.

Appeals Court Blocks 'Homegrown' Marijuana Ruling

May 2, 2018 - 6:00am

Siding with the state Department of Health, an appeals court Tuesday at least temporarily blocked a Tampa businessman from being able to grow marijuana as he seeks to prevent a relapse of lung cancer.

Justices to Weigh Challenge to Education System

May 1, 2018 - 11:45am

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a long-running legal battle about whether the state has met its constitutional duty to provide a high-quality system of public schools.

Judge Backs Broward Nursing Home on Death Records

April 21, 2018 - 6:00am

Ruling against the Florida Department of Health, a circuit judge Friday said an embattled Broward County nursing home is entitled to receive copies of death certificates for people who died across the state around the time of Hurricane Irma.

Corcoran's 'Schools of Hope' Law Wins Against 13 Florida School Boards

April 19, 2018 - 5:45pm
Richard Corcoran and Judge John Cooper

Rejecting arguments of school boards across the state, a Leon County circuit judge this week formally rejected a challenge to a controversial 2017 law that included a series of moves to boost charter schools.

Voters to Get Say on Education Changes

April 17, 2018 - 6:00am

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday signed off on a proposed constitutional amendment that could lead to term limits for county school-board members and make a revision that one critic called a “game changer” for charter schools.

Crime Victims Measure to Go on November Ballot

April 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
With the measure drawing support from state leaders and law-enforcement officials, Florida voters in November will decide whether to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would spell out a series of rights of crime victims.
 
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 34-3 to approve the measure (Proposal 6001), which largely focuses on a victims’ rights initiative known as “Marsy’s Law.”
 

Winsor, Berger Picked to Serve as Federal Judges

April 10, 2018 - 9:00pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped two Florida appellate judges with ties to Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as federal district judges.

Trump said he will nominate Allen Winsor, a judge on the state’s 1st District Court of Appeal, to serve as a judge in the federal Northern District of Florida. Also, he chose Wendy Berger, a judge on the state’s 5th District Court of Appeal, to serve as a judge in the federal Middle District of Florida. The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

State Fights Ruling on Rights Restoration

April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Wednesday continued battling a judge’s ruling that would require the state to overhaul the controversial process for restoring ex-felons’ voting rights, taking the case to a federal appeals court.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office filed a notice of appeal at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Also, it requested a stay of an order by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that gave the state an April 26 deadline for making changes to the rights-restoration process.

'Stand Your Ground' Defense Shouldn't Work for Police Officers, Bondi's Office Tells High Court

March 28, 2018 - 5:30pm

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office this week urged the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed a police officer to use the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law after being charged with manslaughter in an on-duty shooting.

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