Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed

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A bill putting guidelines in place for law enforcement agencies using body cameras is now heading to the Governor, after passing the Florida Legislature unanimously.

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A bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system is continuing to move in the House and Senate.

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Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday.


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


Several bills aimed at reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system cleared another hurdle in the House Monday.

A bill regulating the parasailing industry is among 32 new laws set to take effect Wednesday. And, the head of Florida’s water sports association says the state’s parasailing industry is ready.

The "White-Miskell" Act

In January, Sen Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) said she’d never go up in a parasail with an industry that doesn’t have any uniform standards.


A bill regulating Florida’s parasailing industry and another helping foster kids obtain driver's licenses are among the measures now heading to Governor Rick Scott.

Parasail Bill

The measure—which never had a hearing for several years—got one this year, following a parasailing accident that happened in Senate President Don Gaetz’ district and received national attention.

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A measure aimed at regulating Florida’s parasail industry is heading to the House floor. But, the newly expanded bill almost became collateral damage, after an initial attempt to pass the bill in its last committee failed.

The Original Bill

Florida’s parasailing industry gained national attention, after two Indiana teens were seriously injured in a Panhandle parasailing accident last year. Authorities say bad weather and heavy winds played a main role in that particular incident.

The two girls involved in a recent Panhandle parasailing crash are now back home in Indiana. But, their story may foster more discussion in Florida. The incident is spurring a couple of Florida lawmakers to renew their push to regulate the parasailing industry.

Legislation aimed at regulating parasailing in Florida is set to be filed for next year’s 2014 Legislative Session. It’ll be the fourth consecutive year such a bill is written. But, Deerfield Beach Democratic Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed says she believes this time her measure has a better chance.

Florida’s 2013 legislative session is more than halfway over and that has some advocates of legislation scrambling to get their bills heard. One group is making a last-ditch plea for lawmakers to take up four measures dealing with changes to the state’s juvenile justice system.

“I was arrested for being involved in a fight in school last year. But it wasn’t really a fight, I was the only person who was hit.”