In The News Today – January 21, 2016

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Sun Sentinel:  in face at casino, union official says

city of Miami police officer was stabbed in the face by a patron at the Magic City Casino, according to a police union official.

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Florida Politics: HOUSE PANEL CLEARS WHAT CRITICS CALL “WEAKENING” OF OPEN GOVERNMENT

Despite the Florida House of Representatives’ frequent complaint of judicial overreach, a House panel Wednesday OK’d a measure that would put more power in the hands of judges as it possibly weakens the state’s public record law.

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Heartland News: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Proposed in Florida

Lawmakers in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate have introduced bills that would require local and state law enforcement agencies to obtain a criminal conviction before the government can confiscate an individual’s cash or property.

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Florida Today: Port commissioners: Audit possible employee overpayment

Canaveral Port Authority Secretary/Treasurer Tom Weinberg on Wednesday called for the port’s auditors to examine pay practices there, after an executive revealed that an employee may have been getting full pay for about six months while on administrative leave. The employee resigned last week.

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My Palm Beach: Florida Senate won’t appeal ruling on new districts

TALLAHASSEE —Senate leaders said Wednesday that they will not appeal last month’s court ruling that sided with a voters’ coalition in setting new district boundaries.

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Orlando Weekly: Florida Senate wants insurance requirements for Uber drivers

The Senate rolled out a new set of insurance requirements Tuesday for popular app-based transportation services such as Uber and Lyft.

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Tampa Bay Times: Best and Brightest debate comes to a head Wednesday in Florida Senate

The debate over whether to extend Florida’s controversial teacher bonus based on high school entrance exam results returns to the forefront Wednesday, as the Senate Education Committee presents what could be the most significant hurdle to the initiative.

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Bradenton Herald: Florida Senate panel delays vote on bill that would keep voters’ information secret

TALLAHASSEE – A Senate committee Wednesday postponed debate and a vote on a controversial public records exemption that would make secret the names, addresses, birthdates, and email addresses of all registered voters on a statewide voter database.

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The Cap Times: Wisconsin Senate passes state civil service program, bill headed to Walker’s desk

Wisconsin’s program for hiring and firing state employees is one step closer to a major overhaul.

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New Times:  POLICE WARN OF IRS AND FPL SCAMS: “IT’S OPEN SEASON”

Coral Springs police today warned that residents are reporting of a phone/email scam in which con artists pretend to be representatives from the Internal Revenue Service and threaten to arrest the victim unless monies are paid.

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WJCT: Doctors, Bikers, Union Members Hope to Stop Fracking In Florida

Environmental activists are sounding the alarm as a fracking bill continues to move through the Florida Legislature. Hundreds flocked to the Old Capitol Wednesday to raise their voices in protest.

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Polk State College: First Responders Participate in Leadership Training at Polk State Center for Public Safety

Just a week after its grand opening celebration, the Polk State Center for Public Safety hosted three dozenPolk County Fire Rescue employees for the opening session of a new leadership training program specifically designed for first responders.

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WFLA: Florida Sheriff’s Assoc. proposes change to open carry law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Florida’s elected law enforcement officials, including Florida Sheriffs Association President and Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, and Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Chairman and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, today announced a proposal to ensure that law abiding, concealed carry permit holders are protected from arrest and prosecution for inadvertently displaying a firearm.

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