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It may be hard to pronounce, but medication synchronization is an idea whose time has come, at least according to some Florida lawmakers.

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A bill creating a uniform procedure for law enforcement agencies when it comes to conducting eyewitness interviews is on its way to the House floor.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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More than 40 former judges and prosecutors are supporting State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott. The lawsuit is a de facto political battle over the death penalty.

Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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Can Florida Lawmakers leave Tallahassee on time? The mood in the state capital has gone from one of pessimism, to cautious optimism that leaders can strike key deals in time.

Embattled Senator Frank Artiles Resigns Over N-Word, Insults

Apr 21, 2017
Frank Artiles (R-Miami) introducing his bill.
The Florida Channel

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is officially out of the Florida legislature. Artiles has resigned just days after saying that he would not not step down, and announcing plans to run for re-election.  He has been under fire for insulting his colleagues during a not-so-private conversation earlier in the week.

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This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and at the Florida Capitol, a large display with more than a thousand shoes worn by sex abuse survivors can be seen through the rest of this week. And, a group of survivors as well as advocates also trekked to Tallahassee to share their stories.

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Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says she’s outraged over the inadequate mental health care services offered at a facility operated by one of Florida’s private prison health care providers. So, she terminated that contract with Wexford Health Sources Wednesday.

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The Florida Supreme Court has approved language for a voting restoration ballot initiative. It could give felons back the right to vote after completing their sentences.

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Rainer Hungershausen

The Florida House has approved a proposal banning the use of steroids in greyhound racing.  

The Florida House preparing to begin its floor session.
The Florida Channel

Legislation making it easier for Floridians to get their guns back from law enforcement is heading to the House floor. The measure also stops law enforcement from taking a gun during a domestic violence call if there’s no arrest.

Rep. James Grant (R-Tampa)
Florida House of Representatives

State lawmakers are attempting to bring wills into the twenty first century.

Florida Channel

While the Florida Senate is on its way to that path, the House has officially apologized to the survivors of the infamous Dozier School for Boys. It’s for the abuse they suffered at the hands of staffers at the state-run juvenile reform school in North Florida decades ago.

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Florida Wildlife Officials are putting the possibility of a black bear hunt on hold—at least for the next few years. The decision came during a Wednesday meeting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting.

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Florida Attorney General

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has about a month to prove to a Tallahassee judge she didn’t improperly order businesses to pay millions to unregistered charities. Bondi denies any wrongdoing.

Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) speaks to members of the Florida Board of Governors Tuesday, 6/21/16
Florida Channel

Florida Senate President Joe Negron said he appreciates Governor Rick Scott’s support for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. But he’s concerned about Scott’s request to include $200 million to fix the Herbert Hoover dike. Negron said he doesn’t trust the federal government to reimburse the state for repairs to the federally-operated levee.

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A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Florida Channel

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is stressing caution as fires rage across the state.  

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The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

Frank Artiles (R-Miami) introducing his bill.
The Florida Channel

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami,  has issued a formal apology for racist and sexist comments made in the presence of two black lawmakers. He has also been stripped of his Senate committee chairmanship, but says he's not stepping down.

Florida Senate

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is expected to publicly apologize Wednesday morning for a tirade at a club that included making derogatory comments about a fellow senator and using a racial slur, Senate President Joe Negron said late Tuesday. The apology will come after news reports about Artiles berating Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, on Monday night at the Governors Club near the Capitol. The Miami Herald reported that Artiles also used the word "niggers" --- though he later said he had used the word "niggas" and suggested that he didn't think the slang term was insulting.

The Florida House preparing to begin its floor session.
The Florida Channel

Legislation making it easier to set up new trauma centers is moving in the Florida House. The measure removing a statewide cap passed its final committee.

MGN Online

A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes.

Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is now calling for $100 million dollars in tourism money—almost 25 percent more than he outlined in his spending plan early this year.  

Jeanette Shepherd speaking at the Florida Capitol.
Nick Evans

State leaders are attempting to make amends for the Groveland Four—a group of black men wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in the 1940s.  It’s one of two major apologies lawmakers are planning this year. 

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The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the remaining payment of $3.75 million to the surviving victim in a child abuse case. 

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