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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

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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.

Distracted Fla. Senate has to redo immigration-related vote


Sen. Jack Latvala said “Senate custom” prompted him to switch his vote on a budget amendment that would have not allowed Attorney General Pam Bondi to sue President Obama over an immigration provision.

Senate puts more land buying cash into its budget


The Senate approved a measure to buy more conservation land Wednesday but not the sugar land activists say is needed to move Lake Okeechobee water south.

Political podcast: Hear twitter duelers Stipanovich, Steele


This week’s episode of the Tribune/Scripps political podcast is out. (Subscribe on iTunes)