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The 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Group photo.
Constitution Revision Commission

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials  and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution.  Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling?  Many of the amendments are grouped together and observers worry the result will end up confusing voters. 

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

The fight to restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past has become a rapidly intensifying factor in shaping upcoming state elections. After an apparent political victory for Gov. Rick Scott’s cabinet, Democratic challengers are hitting back.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri speaking to members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which he chairs. It had its first meeting Tuesday.
Florida Channel

Between a Medal of Heroism ceremony honoring a school resource officer and a commission convened to investigate the failings that led up to a Valentine’s Day massacre, mass school shootings still took center stage in Florida this week.

Amanda Nalley / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced new recreational fishing dates for the greater amberjack due to reports of overfishing. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.

A snowy plover on its nest
FWC's Flickr

It’s Nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds. And, Florida wildlife officials say it’s important the public keeps its distance, while on the beach or boating on the state’s waterways.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

As an appellate court reviews an appeal by Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet in the battle for a new rights restoration scheme for felons, protesters rallied at the Capitol Thursday. Civil rights leaders urged support for a citizens’ initiative amendment on the ballot in November.

Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Governor Rick Scott (third from left) spoke about an Alachua County emergency declaration after the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Brittany Clark / Florida Governor's Office

Hours before a deadline set by a federal judge for Florida to overhaul its felon voting rights restoration system, the state’s Executive Clemency Board was given more time by a federal appeals court. Governor Rick Scott canceled an emergency meeting that would’ve seen the board vote on changes.

(from right to left) Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Jimmy Long, Long's wife, and Gov. Rick Scott, following SRO Long's Medal Of Heroism presentation.
Governor Rick Scott's Office

Governor Rick Scott has awarded the Medal of Heroism to the school resource officer credited with taking quick action to help prevent another mass school shooting last week.

Photo of a water passage cutting through green brush in the Everglades
Erich Martin

Florida Wildlife Officials are considering an executive order to keep so called “Injurious wildlife species” from being brought into the state. Paul Grey works with Audubon Florida. He says the order is important since Florida is especially susceptible to the negative impact of invasive species.

A manatee mating herd at Coquina Beach in Manatee County
FWC Screenshot

Florida wildlife officials say they’ve received many calls of manatees in distress all over the state. But, officials say a lot of times, the sea cows are just mating.

Ken Detzner
Florida Memory - State Library & Archives of Florida

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is advising those who intend to run for office that they can begin submitting their paperwork now.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

A judge has granted a request by defense attorneys in the Andrew Coffey hazing case to get more specific charges from the prosecution.

A girl holds up a sign that says "I should not need a bulletproof backpack," during last month's March For Our Lives Rally
Lydell Rawls / WFSU-FM

A commission tasked with looking into the failings that led up to the mass school shooting in Parkland will have its first meeting Tuesday.

(left to right) Orlando businessman Chris King, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
Fox News 13 Screenshot

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students in Florida’s capital joined their counterparts across the nation in a school walkout calling for gun reform. Students also congregated in the Capitol courtyard after the school day.

Erik Hersman via Flickr

Democrats and Republicans may be used to highlight both ends of the political spectrum, but there are other parties sprinkled throughout. As election season begins to ramp up,  there may be some confusion around third parties and how it can affect voter turnout.

A student was shot at Forest High School in Marion County and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is in custody. The wounded student, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury to his ankle.

U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
Stephanie Lambert / Office of Congressman Al Lawson

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is among the 20 people on the House Agriculture Committee voting “no” on a federal farm bill that would impose work requirements on food stamps. 

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Defense attorneys for the four men facing trial in the hazing death of Florida State University Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey want more specifics from the prosecution as to how their clients caused the 20-year-old’s death.

April is Autism Awareness month, and the Florida Department of Health is using the time to highlight a potential resource for disabled Floridians.

Bill Nelson youtube / Bill Nelson's youtube channel

Florida’s U-S Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have added a bipartisan proposal to a nationwide opioid bill that could go before the Senate.

Craig Patrick's Twitter (@Fox13Politics) / Fox News 13

All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates will have their first debate Wednesday.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Five men who were facing trial in the death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey have accepted plea deals that will see them take a misdemeanor hazing charge. 

Tom Flanigan

Former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff paid his more-than-$14,000 filing fee to officially enter the race for congress this (Monday, April 16) morning.

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