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A legislative effort to ban red light cameras throughout the state of Florida is back. But, as in years past, it’s sure to encounter opposition from one of the cameras’ original champions.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee faced a tough decision Tuesday when a widow and traffic-safety activist begged them not to repeal a red-light camera law named after her former husband.

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Florida lawmakers want to put the brakes on what some call a thinly veiled money maker for municipal governments. A House panel greenlighted a plan Thursday to ban red light cameras.

Frank Artiles (R-Miami) introducing his bill.
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Rep. Frank Artiles’ (R-Miami) controversial single-sex facilities bill passed its second House committee Tuesday.  But the so-called bathroom bill’s progress has been dogged by loud public opposition.

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A passionately-debated effort to overhaul the Florida Retirement System has now been merged with a widely-supported effort to fix local government pensions.  It’s part of an ongoing push by House Speaker Will Weatherford to get his state pension reform effort over the finish line. But, many spoke out against the now-merged House proposal Monday.

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One bill that some say would preempt local rules has anti-tobacco groups demanding it to be killed. The health advocates say the measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors also undoes local restrictions in more than 50 cities and counties.

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A bill formerly aimed at banning new red light cameras from going up across the state got watered down Monday. The measure now aimed at putting guidelines for red light camera citations as well as regulating how local governments spend the money still has some concerned.

“Red light safety cameras have a human value. One person had to die in order to save others, and that one person was my husband,” said Melissa Wandall.

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An attempt to get rid of Florida’s red light cameras may have failed last year, but this year, one lawmaker is taking another direction—one he calls a compromise. But, the idea to essentially stop any new red light cameras from going up across the state is also causing some controversy.

Enhancing the penalties for someone who murders a child under the age of 18 could be one step closer to becoming law.  While a measure doing just that recently passed the Florida House, some Democrats say the bill could negatively impact juveniles and is an unconstitutional measure.

Republican Representative Frank Artiles of Miami is the sponsor of the bill that would create stricter penalties for anyone who murders a child age 17 and younger.