Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s on board with a bill making it easier for sexual abuse victims under the age of 17 to privately record their attacker so it can hold up in a Florida court.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that through because that’s very, very important. But, just know, that it’s a very narrow, narrow field, and only has to do with children and rape victims—not just at the hands of their parents, but any pedophile,” said Bondi, during a recent Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee.
Across the country this weekend, eyes will be glued to the final football game of the season featuring the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. And in Florida, Sunday’s Super Bowl is likely to feature beer, potluck tables covered in bizarre dips, and of course, a bit of not-quite-legal gambling.
Forget his campaign promises to shrink government and grow the job market.
Governor Rick Scott had to put his money where his mouth is when he rolled out his $77 billion spending proposal this week.
Scott’s idea of jolting the economy is $673 million in tax cuts, and his notion of a smaller government is eliminating 1,017 state positions.
Scott started with a billion-dollar surplus and a soft spot for cable TV subscribers and cell phone users. He says a $470 million reduction in telecommunications taxes will make a difference in people’s lives.
Once the youngest person to be elected a city commissioner, Andrew Gillum now faces scores of challenges in his new role as mayor of Tallahassee. He enters office on the heels of a slew of issues, some of which he supports, like the “Ban the Box” initiative, which would eliminate the need for new applicants to initially divulge their criminal histories when applying for city jobs.
Gillum says that, although there are still issues to be ironed out, that the positives outweigh the negatives, such as employment keeping former felons on the right track.