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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law aimed at getting more murder witnesses to come forward.

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
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For the first time in two decades, the Republican-led Florida Senate is getting its first black Democratic criminal justice chair. It's a former state Representative turned Senate freshman.

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The House’s prison reform package is now on its way back to the Senate for approval, before it can head to the Governor’s desk for the final OK.

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As the Florida Senate began to consider an omnibus bill to reform Florida’s troubled prison system, a Florida House committee has now also started to look into its own comprehensive reform package. But, there’s already one major difference between the two measures.

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A comprehensive prison reform package is now headed to the Senate, but is the House getting ready to start making its own move to reform Florida’s troubled Department of Corrections?

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A bill seeking to increase the number of jurors in cases where the accused could face a life sentence is now beginning to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. But, it’s an issue that’s pitting the state’s public defenders and prosecutors against one another.

Currently, only capital cases require 12-person juries in Florida. Orlando Democratic Representative Randolph Bracy’s bill would expand that to include those that could result in life imprisonment. The bill has the support of Florida Public Defenders Association.

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A huge goal of Florida lawmakers this year is to crack down on sexual predators who prey on children and the disabled. A couple of Senate panels earlier this week passed several measures, and one House committee took up another slew of bills aimed at clearing up loopholes in Florida’s current law and increase penalties in other areas for certain sex offenses.