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6:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Top Legislative Leaders: Florida Prison Reform Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Sen. President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli speaking to reporters during the Annual Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee Wednesday.
Credit D.A. Robin / WFSU-FM

Florida lawmakers are expected to take up an omnibus bill next week in an effort to reform the state’s troubled prison system. The system—plagued by allegations of inmate abuse and inmate deaths—was also a topic of discussion Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Already, the Chairmen of the Criminal Justice committees in the House and Senate have conducted several surprise inspections of some correctional facilities.

And, a comprehensive bill looking to reform the system has been filed by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) in his capacity as the chair of the Senate panel.

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State News
6:10 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bondi Says Same-Sex Couples Suffer Lack Of Consistency

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi spoke Wednesday at an Associated Press media event at the Capitol.
Credit State of Florida

Same-sex marriage gets a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court this April, and in Florida, the Attorney General is making a familiar argument against a piecemeal approach. 

Florida began issuing same-sex marriage licenses at the beginning of this month.  At the time, officials argued the federal ruling throwing out the state’s marriage ban was narrow and only applied to the couples named in the case.  Wednesday Attorney General Pam Bondi argued the greatest harm is lack of consistency.

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WFSU Local
5:57 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Leon Health Officials Have A Fever And The Only Cure Is More Flu Shots

Credit Lance McCord

Every year thousands of people die from influenza, but despite that fact, just 31-percent of adults in Leon County have gotten a flu vaccine this year. And health officials report that number drops for minorities. Claudia Blackburn is the Leon County Health Officer.

“For non-Hispanic black adults it is 15-percent. And that is mighty low in my opinion. I would like to see that much higher. We are on par with the state of Florida and the nation. So, we’re not worse than everybody else,” Blackburn says.

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WFSU Local
5:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Leon Commissioners Make Moves To Honor Late Sheriff

Credit Leon County Sheriffs Department

Members of the Leon County Commission are considering a plan that would name a part of the local jail complex after the late Sheriff Larry Campbell. Campbell died in December after an extended battle with cancer. Commissioner John Dailey supports the move.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Sheriff Campbell, much deserved. I believe Vince has been in touch with the family as well to make sure this is in line with their wishes,” Dailey says.

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State News
4:53 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Gov. Scott Says No To Raises For State Employees

Florida House Minority Leader Mark Pafford speaks to reporters Wednesday during an Associated Press session with the media. (Photo: D. A. Robin)

Florida Governor Rick Scott left raises for state workers out of this year’s budget. But State Representative Mark Pafford (D-Palm Beach) says he thinks those workers deserve to be better paid.

Governor Rick Scott presented this year’s budget on Wednesday. Absent was a pay increase for state employees. Scott had considered giving bonuses for good work last year. He blames lawmakers refusal to approve that money last year for omitting pay raises this year.

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