Representative Perry Thurston

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While the "warning shot" bill got teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures have already passed the full House as of Thursday. But after a dust-up between lawmakers, a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed again.

NRA's Busy Week

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The Florida Attorney General’s race is heating up as incumbent AG Pam Bondi sparred Wednesday with two Democrats running to oppose her. Medical marijuana was among the hot button issues discussed during an all-day news event at the Capitol.

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On the eve of a vote on a bill that would repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, some House Democrats are split: Try to change the law or put an end to it altogether?

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The Florida House ended a second day of political wrangling between Democrats and Republicans with neither side smiling at the end.

Democrats continued their protest of the House Majority’s refusal to take up a bill accepting $51 billion in federal Medicaid money to expand insurance coverage to an additional one million low-income Floridians.

The chamber continued reading bills aloud word-for-word with the computer software “Mary” the House’s Auto Reader who, in two days, has become a breakout star with more than 614 followers on twitter since arriving to the site…Tuesday.

Florida House Democrats Slow Session To Crawl

May 1, 2013

In an effort to draw attention to one of their biggest priorities, health care expansion, members of the House Democratic Caucus are using procedural rules to slow down talks.

After leaders from the House Democratic Caucus talked with Florida Governor Rick Scott during an early morning Tuesday meeting,  some started whispering there could be trouble coming in the chamber. That trouble came at 2:36 Tuesday afternoon, when House Democratic Leader, Perry Thurston, made a motion that slowed the chamber's progress to a crawl. Thurston asked for the bill to be read in full.

Enhancing the penalties for someone who murders a child under the age of 18 could be one step closer to becoming law.  While a measure doing just that recently passed the Florida House, some Democrats say the bill could negatively impact juveniles and is an unconstitutional measure.

Republican Representative Frank Artiles of Miami is the sponsor of the bill that would create stricter penalties for anyone who murders a child age 17 and younger.

The Florida Legislature is in Tallahassee this week, and one major topic of discussion is the federal healthcare overhaul law. Between having to decide whether to expand its Medicaid rolls or looking at how the Affordable Care Act will impact businesses, lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to implement the new law.

“This Affordable Care Act, the way I understand it, is that it will probably help find some affordable options for us,” said Arie Strobel.

WFSU

This month the State Board of Education released a plan setting different goals for student achievement based on race and ethnicity. The move has been condemned by some education advocates who say it’s discriminatory and perpetuates stereotypes that some racial and ethnic groups are academically inferior. Others, applaud the goals, and say they’re a needed recognition of the achievement gap that exists and puts Florida on a path to closing it faster. 

But at Ghazvini Learning Center, a second-chance school in Tallahassee, students have mixed opinions on the state plan.

Florida has elected its first openly gay candidate to the Florida Legislature. David Richardson defeated three other Democrats during Tuesday’s Primary, and is unopposed in the general election. And, he says while he plans to advocate for gay issues, Richardson says he intends to be more than what he calls “the gay legislator.”

“I didn’t want anyone to vote for me because I’m gay and I didn’t want anyone to not vote for me because I’m gay. I just wanted people to look at my record and that’s exactly what happened,” said Richardson.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said the state won’t implement some of pieces of the Federal Affordable Care Act.  He said the provisions in the Federal Affordable Care act will hurt rather than help Floridians.

The governor made the rounds, talking to a number of national news stations Monday. He told Fox News he has no plans to implement optional provisions of the law like expanding the state’s Medicaid rolls, even though the federal government will cover most of the cost.