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June 7, 2018

Fla. Supreme Court Tries To Sort Out Facebook Friends

In a dispute about whether a Miami-Dade County judge should be disqualified from a case, Florida Supreme Court justices grappled Thursday with a basic, but seemingly complicated, question: Are Facebook friends different from other types of friends?…

Volusia County sues over CRC proposal requiring election of constitutional offices

Volusia County has filed a lawsuit challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would require county-level offices be elected — not appointed…

June 6, 2018

Sun Sentinel
Appointing legal counsel for city-law violations is the just thing to do | Opinion

Each year, at extensive human and financial cost, cities in Florida fail to provide a lawyer to thousands of indigent individuals who face jail time for allegedly violating municipal ordinances, or city laws. It’s a decade-long practice and it’s illegal: the U.S. Constitution extends the right to counsel to any person who faces imprisonment…

June 5, 2018

Tampa Bay Online
Florida GOP candidates for governor weigh in on school board term limits

A measure to limit Florida school board member terms has gained the support of the two men seeking the Republican nomination to become the state's next governor…

Sheriff: Commission on Parkland massacre won't end school shootings in Florida

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets on Thursday and Friday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise for the second time since it was created this spring as part of Senate Bill 7026. The sweeping piece of legislation, named after the Parkland high school, also created regulations for school guards and buying weapons on top of strengthening other school safety policies…

June 4, 2018

Florida Politics
Conservative school board members launch committee backing term limits amendment

A trio of school board members on Monday announced the launch of a new political committee backing Amendment 8, which would impose term limits on county school board seats among other changes to the K-12 education system. The committee, “8isGREAT,” is headed up by Collier County School Board Member Erika Donalds, who sponsored the proposal in her role as a member of the Constitution Revision Commission…

Miami Herald
State asks judge to block release of records that might show why FIU bridge collapsed

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Transportation went to court Monday in an attempt to keep the public and the news media from examining records that might reveal what caused the bridge collapse that killed six people at Florida International University in March…

Campaign for greyhound ban amendment starts today

A campaign for a ballot initiative to end greyhound racing in Florida will start today, with one organizer confident in the support of animal lovers across the state…

June 3, 2018

Florida Politics
Campaign will officially kick off to promote dog-racing ban

Amendment 13, placed on the ballot by the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission, would outlaw the racing of dogs and wagering on such races. Amendments need at least 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution…

June 2, 2018

Tallahassee Democrat
Cotterell: Economic study supports ex-con rights restoration

Supporters of the voter initiative to restore voting rights for ex-convicts now have some impressive dollars-and-cents evidence to support passage of Amendment 4 on Florida’s November ballot…

June 1, 2018

Lawmakers again eye booming vacation rentals as counties wrestle for tax collection authority

TALLAHASSEE — The rapid growth of online rental sites like HomeAway Vacation Rentals and Airbnb has unearthed a mother lode of local tourism taxes for dozens of counties that collect them, but that new revenue comes at a cost…

Orlando Sentinel
Commentary: We spend too much money jailing people awaiting trial on petty crimes

A minor crime becomes a bump in the road for people with money and the end of the road for people without. It’s a modern-day debtor’s prison … and part of why our jails are so full…

State objects to ’98 CRC members opining in major ed suit

Lawyers representing the the Florida Legislature and the Scott administration are objecting to the participation of 10 members of the 1998 Constitution Revision Commission in a major education legal challenge that centers on a constitutional amendment the members helped craft…

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