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Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015

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Political podcast: House/Senate food fights


This week’s episode of the Tribune/Naples Daily News podcast uses the health care funding fight to delve into the rhetoric of House/Senate food fights.

Bill to protect ‘digital assets’ after death clears another committee


A second committee has cleared a Senate bill that would ensure “digital assets” could be controlled by someone who will protect them after death.

Film & TV incentives bills moving forward


An effort to revamp the state’s approach to attracting film and television production is moving forward in the House and Senate, after Republican lawmakers openly panned the plan’s most vocal critic.

Half-gallon growlers closer to being legal in Fla.


The “growler” bill has been served up, with a number of additives, to be debated on the Senate floor.

Body-cam bill could be heading to Senate floor

Published:   |   Updated: April 2, 2015 at 03:05 PM

A bill that would create a public records exemption for police body camera videos has cleared its last committee and could next be heard on the Senate floor.

Fla. Supreme Court set to hear write-in candidate challenge


Grappling with legal issues that emerged during the 2014 elections, the Florida Supreme Court next week will hear arguments about residency requirements for write-in candidates.

Feds to Florida: Don’t call us for two weeks


Florida officials say the federal government is suspending negotiations over the potential loss of more than $1 billion in money now flowing to the state’s hospitals.

Bill imposing 24-hour wait for abortions poised for House floor


A plan that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions in Florida continued moving forward Wednesday and is poised for a hearing on the House floor.

Islamic State cited as need for public records exemption


A state lawmaker is using the threat of the Islamic State group to advance a bill that could make it harder for people to find addresses and phone numbers of military service members, their spouses and children.

Supreme Court now asked to review ‘blind trusts’ ruling


After a state appeals court declined to reconsider its ruling, its decision regarding Florida’s ‘blind trusts’ law now is heading to the state’s Supreme Court.