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Funding for a first-of-its-kind facility did not survive the Governor’s veto pen. That’s despite being named for an abused victim of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys.

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A bill making it easier for certain people to get their mugshots removed and records sealed has already passed the Florida Senate. And, after recently passing its last committee in the House, it’s now headed to the floor.

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Florida lawmakers are pressing pause on a bill that would pave the way for an elected sheriff in Miami-Dade County. The plan is forcing legislators to choose between empowering voters or stepping on the toes of local governments. 

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The Florida House has voted to expand autism awareness training for law enforcement. Support for the issue amped up this session after a North Miami officer shot at an autistic man he thought was dangerous.

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A bill requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers is now heading to the House floor.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested a dozen men in connection with an undercover child sex sting.

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A bill requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers is starting to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. It comes after a high profile incident that occurred in South Florida last year involving a black man, an autistic man, and law enforcement.

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The agency responsible for taking care of the state’s thousands of untested rape kits says the DNA evidence testing in its labs is going well so far.

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Last year’s Orlando attack—the worst mass shooting in modern American history—is prompting Governor Rick Scott to put millions of dollars in his proposed budget toward counterterrorism and intelligence efforts in Florida. Law enforcement agencies around the state are praising Scott’s decision.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement wants to revise a law further cracking down on sex offenders that was slated to take effect a couple months ago.

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The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is coming up on his two-year anniversary on the job.

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The Florida Senate’s new budget chair is coming out in support of Governor Rick Scott’s plan to provide pay raises for the state’s law enforcement agencies.

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Florida’s Cabinet recently got a first look at state agency budget requests.  With budget projections showing empty state coffers, those agencies are eyeing state trust funds.

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Former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell is now one of five people recently inducted into the Florida’s first Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a number of measures into law, including one aimed at helping address Florida’s backlog of untested rape kits. It’s a major priority for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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A bill to help provide closure for families impacted by the now-closed Dozier School for Boys is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. That’s the former North Florida reform school surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over a span of decades.

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A bill aimed at helping to address the state’s rape kits backlog is now heading to the Governor, after passing the Florida Legislature unanimously.

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A bill to help address Florida’s untested rape kits backlog has passed the full Florida Senate.

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Bills creating statewide standards to help in the processing of Florida’s thousands of untested rape kits as well as future kits are now heading to the floors of the House and Senate, after passing their last committees Thursday.

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A measure to help Florida get rid of its backlog of thousands of untested rape kits passed its first Senate panel Monday.

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To outsource or not to outsource…That’s the question facing Florida lawmakers this year, as they mull over whether the Florida Department of Law Enforcement should use outside help to take care of the state’s backlog of untested rape kits.

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There are more than 13,000 untested rape kits in Florida. That’s according to a $300,000 assessment surveying law enforcement crime labs, announced Monday. Getting those bits of DNA tested has been a major focus for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is thanking Governor Rick Scott for pledging millions of dollars to help process thousands of untested rape kits.

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A Senate panel quickly confirmed the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. During the Senate Criminal Justice committee hearing, Rick Swearingen reiterated his call for more personnel and pay raises to retain crime lab analysts. That’s supposed to help with the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in the state.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement should test all of the state’s thousands of untested rape kits that are backlogged. That’s according to the head of a Senate budget panel who no longer wants the state to outsource that job.

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