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Bills paying tribute to former North Florida Republican Greg Evers are quickly moving through the legislature.

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In the coming weeks, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will be putting the finishing touches on a newly created office where juveniles and their families can raise concerns. That’s just one of the reforms the head of DJJ recently told a group of lawmakers, who had some suggestions of their own to address abuses within the system outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

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You haven’t done anything wrong, but you’re pulled over anyway. The law enforcement officer asks to search your car. Should that officer be required to tell you about your right to decline the search? Florida lawmakers have started discussions about that very topic for the 2018 legislative session.

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A school bus safety bill is now heading to Governor Rick Scott, after passing the Senate this week. But, it not only received bipartisan support, but some bipartisan opposition as well.

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State employees will be getting a pay raise this year, under a proposal now heading to the Senate floor. But, it’s tied to a controversial pension reform issue and health insurance reform package backed by the House.

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Amid budget negotiations, the House and Senate may be using the revival of a controversial pension reform package as a means to get on the same page.

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A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes.

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A Stand Your Ground-related bill passed the Florida Senate Wednesday, but not without some opposition.

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A gun-related bill cleared its first committee Tuesday.

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A pair of bills backed by the Innocence Project have passed their first committee hearing.

Baxley Challenges Gun-Free Zones in Proposal

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Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has filed a bill which would allow more guns in public places. The measure is part of a broader push by Republican legislators to expand gun rights.

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A Florida Senator has filed a measure that could change the way law enforcement agencies conduct lineups to help crime eyewitnesses avoid the misidentification of suspects.

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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows Florida’s gun homicide rates have increased dramatically under Stand Your Ground. In light of the new findings, WFSU checks in with critics and supporters of the controversial legislation.

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A Senate effort to expand Florida’s hate crime law to include law enforcement could be called the “Blue Lives Matter Act.” But, while the Florida Sheriffs supports the intent, they’re not so happy about the name.

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Florida lawmakers in both chambers are looking to revive legislation to expand the state’s definition of a hate crime to include first responders.

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A last vestige from one of the darkest chapters in Florida’s history fell in the Senate Tuesday. The members took a largely ceremonial vote to wipe a 1977 ban on gay adoptions off the statute books.