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Church and state collide at Florida Capitol over 'pastor protection act'

Church and state collided Wednesday in a Capitol hearing room crowded with dozens of clergy members as a House panel advanced a controversial “pastor protection act,” prompted by the U.S. 196 more words


Medical marijuana's stalled roll-out plants a seed with Florida lawmakers

With medical marijuana still not available in Florida almost two years after it was approved, lawmakers behind that measure said Wednesday they have another idea for getting pot to those seeking it as a last-ditch treatment. 452 more words


The Parent's Campaign, MAEP, Ballot 42 and The Omitted Truths

One of the biggest supporters of the Ballot 42 Initiative, the Parent’s Campaign/Nancy Loome, had the following narrative on her group’s website. I find it interesting because the rhetoric we hear so frequently is that the MAEP has only been fully funded twice, legislators have broken the law and Republican legislators and the GOP are anti-public education. 653 more words

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Florida Democrats reflect on what it's like to live on minimum wage

Florida Democratic lawmakers who spent last week living on a budget of $85 — part of a minimum wage challenge — said Tuesday that it gave them a better understanding of the struggles many state residents go through. 217 more words


Yep, manufacturers like Scott's plan to cut manufacturers' tax

Gov. Rick Scott drew not-so-surprising support Tuesday for the first tax-cut proposal he’s floated for next year — a $144 million elimination of the manufacturing sales tax. 172 more words


Lawmakers take another swing at legalizing slungshots

There are guns.

There are knives.

And then there are slungshots, which are advancing in the Florida Legislature for those who want a little more personal protection. 142 more words


Something new at Florida's shopping malls? Customers openly carrying guns

The more than 1.4 million Floridians who have concealed weapons permits could carry their firearms openly — not covered by a jacket or in a purse — under legislation that sailed Tuesday through a state House committee. 121 more words