In The News Today – March 1, 2016

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SPB: Justice budget writers wrap up conference talks, agree on “99%” of priorities

The conference committee charged with writing the state’s budget for courts and law enforcement met the final time Monday for budget year 2016-17 on Monday. House and Senate leaders said they worked to compromise on “99 percent” of the budget, leaving aside just a handful unresolved of line items and proviso language.

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WWSB: Stricter abortion rules ready for floor votes in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislation with several new restrictions on abortions in Florida is ready for floor votes in both houses of the Legislature.

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Palm Beach Post: Lawmakers find more cash than Scott to reduce bear human conflicts

TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers have set their sights on trying to reduce potentially dangerous interactions between Florida black bears and humans.

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Naples Daily News: Guest commentary: Expert witness standards, why court should heed Legislature

In 2013, the Florida Legislature updated the expert evidence standard used in our courts. I was honored to be the Senate sponsor for this important change to our laws.

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Pensacola News Journal: Northwest Florida to miss out on $300 million?

The initial $300 million in funding earmarked for Northwest Florida this year is in danger of being put on hold as the legislative session winds down.

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ABC: Voters in Florida Begin Early Voting in Crucial Primary

The Florida primary is weeks away, but tens of thousands of voters headed to the polls Monday for early voting in this critical contest that could make-or-break the presidential aspirations of native son, Sen. Marco Rubio.

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ABC:  President Kennedy’s Florida Nuke Bunker Could Be Shuttered

The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida may face a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach.

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FCN: Candidates focus shifts to Florida on Super Tuesday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-  While the returns for Super Tuesday are being tallied in 13 states, at least three of the major presidential candidates will have already shifted their focus to Florida’s March 15 primaries.

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NBC: Another Win for Bill That Would Allow Slots Across Florida

With time running out, Florida legislators are still pushing ahead with a major gambling bill that would allow slot machines across much of the state.

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KTLA: Controversial Body Camera Video Shows Bloody Arrest of Woman in Florida

Body camera video of a recent shoplifting arrest in Florida has created controversy over a deputy’s use of force.

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WFLA: Florida Blue ‘technical issues’ cause nightmare for Tampa Bay area customers

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – An 8 On Your Side investigation uncovered computer glitches within insurance giant Florida Blue that have caused customers to not get the coverage they paid for.

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WUFT: Florida Bill Would Limit Funding For Resettlement of Refugees

The Prevention of Acts of War, HB 1095, sponsored by Rep. Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville), prohibits any entity receiving state funds from assisting with entry into or resettlement in the state of designated restricted people.

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Naples Daily News: State budget writers deadlock on several areas of spending, leaving leadership to negotiate

TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers crafting the state’s proposed $80 billion budget remained at odds Monday over several areas, including a controversial teacher scholarship and funding for long-term care under Florida’s Medicaid program.

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TC Palm: Senate committee chips away at dedicated Everglades, lagoon money source

TALLAHASSEE — Senators are chipping away at a 10-year fund for Everglades and Indian River Lagoon restoration proposed in a bill by Senate President-elect Joe Negron and want more money for projects in their own backyards.

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