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Financial relief provided to Floridians under a mortgage settlement has far exceeded what state officials expected, according to a new national report. More than 120,000 Floridians have received billions of dollars in in aid so far from five major banks.

The report shows much of the roughly $9 billion in assistance has been from lenders forgiving loans or liens to enable home sales. It’s just a piece of the landmark $25 billion settlement that came after an investigation of foreclosure abuses.

Police Can Search If Dog Smells Drugs, High Court Says

Feb 20, 2013

A police dog’s sniff is reason enough for officers to search a person’s car or house, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court’s ruling reverses a Florida Supreme Court decision about a traffic stop in Liberty County.

Liberty County Officer William Wheetley was stopping a man in 2006, when Aldo, his German shepherd, indicated he smelled drugs. Wheetley searched the vehicle and arrested the man for having meth-making ingredients. But the Florida court had ruled the evidence should be suppressed because the dog’s sniff was not probable cause for a search.

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has died.

Bondi's office confirmed that Joseph Bondi died on Tuesday.

Bondi, 76, was mayor of Temple Terrace between 1974 and 1978 and he also served as a city councilman. He was a longtime educator and a professor at the University of South Florida. Joseph Bondi served as a curriculum consultant for many school districts including Miami-Dade.

The Florida state task force on prescription drug abuse by pregnant women is finalizing its recommendations to present to the Florida Legislature. The group held one of its final meetings at the Capitol on Monday.

Last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi assembled the task force, made up mostly of agency heads, lawmakers and doctors. It’s addressing one of her priority issues: the high numbers of babies in Florida who are born addicted to prescription drugs or whose parents are prescription drug abusers.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi remains adamant that her office, not the legislature should decide how to spend $300 million. The money is Florida’s share of a $25 billion foreclosure settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage companies. State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda of Tallahassee wants a portion of the money to be spent on state employee pay raises, but Bondi says that’s not going to happen.

Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi says the law she pushed to crack down on human trafficking is working. Bondi is adding a human trafficking page to her website to show how the state is fighting it.

Bondi says she’s very excited about the results of the state’s human trafficking crackdown after a tougher law went into effect on July 1. Trafficking refers to the crime of moving and enslaving people against their will, often for sex work.  

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is pushing back against Democratic attacks that the Republican Party is “anti-woman.”  The claims stem from GOP opposition to abortion and the funding of birth control. But Bondi told convention-goers Tuesday that she believes claims that the Party doesn’t support women are ridiculous.

“All the women I talk about, they care about the same things I care about. Jobs. The economy. Poverty is at an all-time low for women. 401,000 women have lost jobs under Barack Obama.”

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"Pill mill" busts have become a familiar sight over the past year, as federal, state and local agencies try to stem the illegal flow of controlled substances from Florida clinics. But, chronic pain sufferers are having a hard time getting their prescriptions filled, and they say the anti-drug crackdown has gone too far.

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