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Lawmakers At Odds Over Death Penalty Reforms

23 hours ago
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In its Hurst versus Florida ruling, the US Supreme Court found Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme unconstitutional. Now it’s up to the Florida Legislature to fix this system, but the question is how.

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Wednesday evening the Florida House passed a bill that would prohibit sanctuary cities in the state. The bill may stall out in the Senate.

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Fueled by strong rhetoric and an international refugee crisis, some Florida lawmakers want to give broad immigration oversight to the governor.

Lawmakers Could Make 'Driving While Deaf' Safer

Feb 2, 2016
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For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

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Crime rates continue to fall across the country, while incarceration rates reach historic levels. A non-partisan panel came together Thursday to examine the relationship between incarceration and crime.