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A bill expanding Florida’s civil citation program is heading to the House floor.

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Senator Dwight Bullard of Miami-Dade has been trying for years to have Florida regulate plastic bags, with little success. The Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee* has approved a similar bill sponsored by Bullard that may do the next best thing- allow individual communities to create their own policies. 

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A pair of juvenile justice reform bills is continuing to gain traction in the Florida Legislature.

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A bill aimed at creating a uniform standard across the state to address residents’ wage theft grievances passed its first House committee Wednesday, but it was met with much opposition.

Restaurants are one type of workplace commonly accused of wage theft. Tallahassee chef Ben Bennett says it happened to him at one of his former jobs.

A Florida lawmaker has received an award for his work on a wage theft bill that he’s filed for three years in a row on behalf of the Florida Retail Federation. But, opponents of the bill say he deserves a failing grade for championing the measure they say “makes it more difficult for victims of wage theft to recover their losses.”