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6:28 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

House Panel To Vote On Soon-To-Be-Changed Body Cameras Bill Next Month

Credit MGN Online

In the coming weeks, lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill mandating law enforcers across Florida wear body cameras while on patrol. But, the measure’s sponsor says it will now look different, after recent concerns were raised during a workshop in the House earlier this week.

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5:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

42 Years Later Abortion Fight Rages On

Barbara Devane addressing a Roe v. Wade rally on the Capitol steps.
Credit Nick Evans / wfsu.org

Some say time heals all wounds.  But this week saw the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, and all these years later, the ideological canyon separating opponents in the fight over abortion seems just as impossible to bridge.   

In the US House of Representatives Thursday, the temptation to use Roe v. Wade’s anniversary as a chance to vote on anti-abortion legislation was simply to great to pass up.  But it was the legislation they didn’t vote on that made the nightly news.

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State News
4:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Tax Cuts, Beer Fight, Moving in Legislature

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth
Credit Florida Senate

Lawmakers are rounding out the second week of committee meetings, their way of jump starting the session. The agenda will be dominated by Governor Rick Scott’s call for a sweeping telecommunications tax cut. It will also include business priorities, the environment and growlers – a fight between beer distributors and the craft brewing industry.

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State News
6:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

After Recent High Profile Deaths, DCF Briefs Lawmakers On Strides Made

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll briefing members of the House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Thursday.
Credit Florida Channel

The two high profile death incidents that occurred in recent months has already spurred a number of changes to Florida’s child welfare agency. That was part of an update two panels in the House and Senate received Thursday as part of a presentation looking at a new law overhauling the agency.

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5:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Scott Administration Releases Its Account Of Bailey Ouster

Credit Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Governor Rick Scott's office has released its account of the circumstances that led up to the resignation of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

The department reports to Governor Rick Scott, who recently appointed a new Commissioner to the agency's top job: Rick Swearingen.

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