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Police Shooting Cases Spur FDLE to Seek More Investigators

July 30, 2015 - 7:45pm

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement wants more investigators to handle an increase in shooting incidents involving officers at other police agencies across the state.

The department next week will present Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet an outline of its budget proposals, which include requests for a boost in salaries for forensic lab technicians and for additional staff to help investigate officer-involved shootings and use-of-force cases.

Concealed-Weapon Licenses Fast-Tracked for the Military

July 27, 2015 - 5:45pm

Florida, which already has the most concealed-weapon licenses in the nation, is now fast-tracking the process for active-duty military members and honorably discharged veterans.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Monday that active and retired service members will immediately begin to get top priority when applying for the licenses.

The expedited process is part of the state's reaction to a shooting rampage in Tennessee in which four Marines and a sailor were killed on July 16.

Backroom Briefing: Bondi Backs Down

July 23, 2015 - 6:30pm

Attorney General Pam Bondi is dropping her opposition to Gov. Rick Scott's desired leader of the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Bondi's office announced Thursday that she will support Interim DEP Secretary Jon Steverson at the Aug. 5 Cabinet meeting.

Weekly Roundup: Redistricting, Elections Heat Up

July 17, 2015 - 9:45pm
Redistricting maps

The midsummer classic in baseball usually means Florida gets to settle into a sweltering, snowbird-free serenity, with eyes throughout the peninsula shifting to the tropics for hurricanes and the near horizon for the latest brush fire.

In Tallahassee, summer also means a slowdown in the pace of life, including a respite from lawmakers, fewer cars on the road, open barstools and even more talk than usual about Florida State University football.

But this summer, it's hard to escape the politics filling the capital air.

Second Amendment Group Argues for Guns in University Dorms

July 14, 2015 - 9:45pm

The Second Amendment should supersede a Florida law that bans firearms from state university housing, a gun-rights group argued before seemingly skeptical appellate judges Tuesday.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee heard arguments from Florida Carry Inc., which contends students and other people residing in on-campus housing at the University of Florida should be allowed to maintain possession of firearms as they would at their parents' homes.

Democrats Call for End to Redistricting 'Skulduggery'

July 13, 2015 - 8:45pm
Dwight Dudley and Janet Cruz

Republican legislative leaders, who have been huddling with staff and counsel, continue to offer little comment publicly as they decide how to respond to a Florida Supreme Court ruling last week that eight congressional districts must be redrawn.

But state Democrats haven't been holding back.

Shortly after Thursday's court ruling, Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, announced that he would reintroduce legislation for the 2016 session to create an independent commission to oversee future district-map drawing.

Scott, Putnam, Bondi Net Worths Climb

July 1, 2015 - 9:45pm
Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, and Pam Bondi

Gov. Rick Scott's disclosed net worth as of Wednesday was $146.8 million, an increase of $14.1 million from the start of his re-election year.

According to a newly-filed financial-disclosure report posted online Wednesday, the majority of Scott's money --- $128.8 million --- is cached in the "Governor Richard L. Scott 2014 Qualified Blind Trust." The four-page report provides a glimpse at Scott's net worth as of Dec. 31, 2014.

Bill Nelson Seeks Answers after SpaceX Explosion

June 29, 2015 - 7:15pm
Bill Nelson

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sounding the alarm about the future of U.S. space flights but industry officials in Florida remained calm after the latest explosion of a cargo rocket on Sunday.

Nelson met with SpaceX and NASA officials on Monday to discuss why the resupply rocket exploded. The disaster was the third in the past year involving a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station.

Cabinet Agrees to Settle Sunshine Suit

June 23, 2015 - 8:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to pay about $55,000 in legal fees as part of a settlement to close a lawsuit alleging they violated the state's Sunshine Law.

Americans for Prosperity to Rick Scott: Veto Late Budget Additions

June 22, 2015 - 7:15pm
Andres Malave

A conservative-advocacy group is telling Gov. Rick Scott it'll have his back if he vetoes projects crammed into the state budget just before the nearly $80 billion package was completed last week.

"We are making everyone aware that we are not happy with the $301 million in last-minute projects," Americans for Prosperity-Florida spokesman Andres Malave said Sunday. "AFP stands with Floridians who wouldn't be disappointed if the governor vetoed projects not beneficial to all taxpayers."

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