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Bills aimed at fixing a glitch in a Florida law have cleared their first legislative committees in the House and Senate. The two measures could get more pro bono attorneys to help kids with special needs.

Tom Flanigan

An American Idol star who went on to sing lead for the band "Quiet Riot" is visiting Tallahassee, but James Durbin is doing a lot more than just performing his music.

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The Florida Cabinet commemorated Disability Employment Awareness Month at its Tuesday meeting.

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Two local businesses received an award Wednesday for employing people with disabilities.

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A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged Services was created as part of a new law that just took effect.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law seeking to make it easier for more abuse victims to testify in court through the use of therapy dogs.

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The Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program is officially up and running. One of the initiative’s goals is to reduce the unemployment rate among people who have disabilities.

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It’s Disability Employment Awareness Month, and a Bay County business is one of ten recognized across the state for hiring people with disabilities.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signed three bills into law Thursday, the first round of the 2016 Legislative session. The smooth passage of the top priority bills could ease tensions at the State Capitol.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/gardiner-readies-senate-gop-for-campaign-season-119299 / politico.com

This week saw a homerun for disability rights in the Florida Capitol. There are two bills heading to the Governor’s desk.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

There’s a part of Florida law that could be renamed, under a bill starting to move through the Florida Legislature. That statute deals with creating enhanced penalties for crimes against people with a physical or mental disability.

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More bills are now awaiting Governor Rick Scott’s approval. It includes a measure aimed at helping kids aging out of foster care with developmental disabilities.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's twitter

Attorney General Pam Bondi along with Florida’s Lieutenant Governor and law enforcement officials helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday to benefit those with developmental disabilities.