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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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Some Florida officials are speaking out against Tuesday’s Brussels attack that Belgian officials say left more than 30 people dead as well as hundreds of wounded.

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The Statewide Human trafficking council welcomed its newest member Monday. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi—who leads the group—introduced the person chosen to replace the former head of the state Department of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

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Among the many bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law last week is a measure expunging the criminal records of certain juvenile offenders.

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As a number of criminal justice issues continue to move in the Florida Legislature, others may be dead this session. That includes a Senate effort to build on past prison reforms.

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Governor Rick Scott signed a number of bills into law Wednesday. Among them are a pair of gun-related bills that have the backing of law enforcement and gun rights groups.

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The family of Corey Jones is advocating on behalf of a body cameras bill making its way through the Florida Legislature. Jones is the South Florida man killed by a plainclothes police officer months ago.

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A bill seeking a three percent pay raise for state employees unanimously passed its first Senate panel Monday. And, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mulling over the issue as well.

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Just off the heels of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet receiving their final report on the Dozier School for Boys, another Florida Governor is throwing his weight behind reburial efforts in the form of two bills that passed Tuesday.

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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says she’s asking the legislature for more funds to hire more correctional officers to help with the understaffing problem. And, Governor Rick Scott says he’s backing her amended legislative request.

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A convicted serial killer is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday afternoon.

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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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Some Florida lawmakers are looking to fix what they call an outdated law related to saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools.

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Governor Rick Scott wants the state legislature to approve more than $80 million to help Florida’s prison system, and the state’s prison chief says it’s needed.

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Governor Rick Scott’s $79 billion  spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year echoes proposals of old—tax cuts for businesses, and more money for economic development. But  he’s also doubling down on his bid to get more money for his main job creation agency, Enterprise Florida.

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks more than 30 state governors have asked Congress to stop Syrian Refugees from resettling in the U.S. Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to tighten controls on refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Local immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci says American policy for accepting refugees is much tougher than it is for immigrants.

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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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Florida Governor Rick Scott is opposed to allowing more than 400 Syrian refugees to re-settle in Florida. Several other state governors are taking a similar stance after terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

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A statewide two-day summit in Tampa to combat human trafficking is now over. And, while stakeholders agree Florida has come a long way in making people more aware of the issue, they say there’s still much work to do to address the practice.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and a number of state officials and stakeholders kicked off a two-day Human Trafficking Summit in Tampa Thursday.

Governor Rick Scott says he wants an additional about $23 million to fund Florida’s child welfare agency—under scrutiny recently for its involvement in two high profile child abuse deaths.

The Florida National Guard is asking the state legislature for $2 million to help make sure facilities are secure.

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Several correctional officers from across the state are hoping Florida lawmakers will consider raising their pay during the 2016 legislative session.

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Right after Charlie Crist announced his congressional bid, at least one sitting Florida Congressman is railing against Crist’s candidacy.

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Florida lawmakers are hoping to further reform Florida’s troubled prison system with a proposal currently in the works. But, there’s at least one area of the bill that’s giving the head of the prison agency a bit of pause.

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