Jeff Brandes


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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Florida lawmakers are expected to soon take a deeper look into the Miami Herald investigative series, which detailed abuses within the state’s juvenile facilities. A panel of legislators this week gave the head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system a preview of what’s to come.

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Despite past failed legislative attempts, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is vowing to continue their work on criminal justice reform—particularly within Florida’s prison system.


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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A body cameras bill is starting to move through the House and Senate. But,  some lawmakers want another measure to move forward that mandates officers use the cameras at all traffic stops, citing a high profile South Florida death.

Stacy Young

When it comes to flood insurance in Florida most people agree on one thing – there’s not enough information.

Just ask Lori Medders, director of the catastrophic storm risk management center at Florida State University.


The “Right To Try Act” is set to go into effect next month. Governor Rick Scott recently approved the measure allowing terminally ill patients to have easier access to experimental drugs that don’t yet have full federal approval.

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Lawmakers are looking to the hospitality industry for help reaching the state’s new goal of making Florida the most military friendly state. A bill would require hotels to bend rules for military members who otherwise wouldn’t be old enough to book a room.

Rep. Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) says his bill shows members of the military Florida supports them.

Opponents On Possible Speed Limit Increase: Not So Fast

Dec 20, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski

As he was decrying the possibility that speed limits of Florida interstates could rise to 75 miles per hour, National Safety Council Vice President John Ulczycki noted there is a method to keep speeders from traveling recklessly fast.

“The one strategy that works to save lives in speeding is enforcement," he says. "People speed because they can.  Because nothing bad happens to them and because they’re not going to get a ticket.”

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Traffic on Florida roadways could soon begin moving faster if a bill filed in the Florida Senate becomes law. But experts say more speed equals more accidents.

The bill, filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), would swap current 70-mile per hour speed limits on Florida interstates for 75 mile per hour thresholds. But Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader says even though such bills might find political support, that doesn’t mean they’re smart.

Several more bills are headed to Gov. Scott. They include a “watered-down” overhaul of state-run Citizens Property Insurance and a controversial measure allowing Florida students to take online classes from out-of-state providers.

A proposal to rate the financial health of public pension plans the same way private companies’ are rated, is meeting strong opposition from public workers’ unions. The measure made it past the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Thursday after a lengthy debate.