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Those who have sworn to protect Floridians gathered in the Capitol Courtyard Wednesday to remember law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty this past year, and the loved ones they left behind. 

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Law enforcement agencies are honoring fallen officers in this year’s annual memorial service in Tallahassee. 

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State lawmakers are looking at overhauling the Florida Retirement System, ahead of a study that could show whether exempting a certain group of state employees from the pension change is financially sound. But, the so-called special-risk employee “carve-out” is not swaying the opinion of thousands of police officers, who spoke out against the proposal for the first time Thursday.

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The latest opposition to the Republican-led Legislature’s pension reform efforts is the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. First responders would be exempt under any changes lawmakers’ hope to make to the Florida Retirement System, but the group’s President James Preston says he and his fellow officers are still opposed.

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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.

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Outside the House Chambers, firefighters, police and paramedics gathered on Thursday to protest against the plan, headed for a House vote, which would gradually phase out the Florida pension fund.

It’s been two weeks since a sheriff’s deputy in Saint Lucie County was shot to death during a traffic stop. Thirty-five-year-old Gary Morales leaves behind a wife and two daughters under the age of 10. President of the state Fraternal Order of Police, James Preston, said, Morales’s death benefit will help care for his family for the rest of their lives.

Florida’s police and firefighter unions are coming out in support of the three Florida Supreme Court justices who are up for a vote on this year’s ballot about whether they’ll keep their jobs. And the law enforcement officers are criticizing the Florida Republican Party for taking sides in what they say should be a nonpartisan issue.

This November voters will have more to decide than just who will be the next President of the United States. They’ll also have to choose whether or not to add up to 11 different amendments to Florida’s Constitution.  And this is what we’re hearing about those amendments so far: