Representative Scott Plakon

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A new Florida law seeks to make it easier for people to get their mugshots removed from certain websites. It’s the only bill from the 2017 legislative session to take effect this month.

While it’s so far gone nowhere in the state Senate, a proposal critics are dubbing the “union-busting bill” has passed the Florida House.


A bill making it easier for certain people to get their mugshots removed and records sealed has already passed the Florida Senate. And, after recently passing its last committee in the House, it’s now headed to the floor.

Florida lawmakers are asking the governor to investigate whether three state supreme court justices broke the law when they filed last minute paperwork needed for them to be on the ballot this year. Regan McCarthy reports some say the justices used court employees to help them, and say that’s a violation. 

Several groups have been lobbying Governor Rick Scott for weeks to either sign or veto an energy bill. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the Governor took the third option, which was to allow the bill to become law without his official stamp of approval.

The bill had the backing of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and widespread bi-partisan support among the Florida Legislature with 156 out of 160 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill.

With arguments coming in on both sides of the issue, Governor Rick Scott has until Saturday to take action on Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s comprehensive energy bill. Sascha Cordner has more.

It’s an 18-part bill that largely has bi-partisan support as well as the backing of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. He says this energy bill is market-driven and does not pick winners and losers.

Lawmakers are now scrambling to raise money for their re-election campaigns. As Sascha Cordner reports, one incumbent lawmaker is catching up with new candidates, who got an earlier start.

Republican Representative Scott Plakon says in just 12 days, he managed to raise 53-thousand dollars for his own campaign, thanks to 200 contributors.

A House bill establishing a state energy policy cleared its final committee Friday.  James Call reports the measure received unanimous approval after the sponsor removed   language involving the public’s watchdog for utility rate hikes.