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Florida residents with felony convictions seek return of voting rights

By Carrie Bradon | Aug 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – After felons in Florida have served their time, they are prohibited from voting in elections and their only hope to have the right restored is to seek clemency from the governor, a process that some view as unfair and antiquated.

Florida Education Association files suit against state legislature over allegedly 'unfair' union law

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Education Association (FEA) has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Legislature over allegations that new legislation in regards to teachers unions is not fair.

Florida and Georgia await special master's decision regarding water rights to the Chatahoochee River

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Following a 30-year dispute between the states of Florida and Georgia over whether or not Georgia should have to cap its consumption of water from the Chattahoochee River, Florida is getting another chance at reclaiming its rights to the water.

Minors sue Gov. Scott for failing to take climate change seriously

By Carrie Bradon | May 5, 2018

A group of juveniles is suing the state of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott, alleging that their constitutional rights are being violated in relation to climate change and the apparent lack of action from the government to remedy the situation.

Measure could politicize Florida administrative law judge selection process, ALJ Association president says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 15, 2018

Florida House lawmakers are making a second attempt to give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint administrative law judges, something that would threaten the independence of that judicial group, the Association of Administrative Law Judges president said during a recent interview.

DeSantis entry will make governor's race more competitive, expert says

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2018

Congressman Ron DeSantis will make the race for governor more competitive and ideologically driven, according to one political analyst.

Contributions by justices to activists emerge again amid Supreme Court 'hot mic' controversy

By John Breslin | Nov 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Contributions made by two Supreme Court justices to an activist group after a fractious retention vote nearly five years ago are being used by critics to argue they should recuse themselves from a case because they are biased against Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott moves to disqualify Justice Pariente in wake of 'hot mic' comments

By Ann Maher | Nov 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott today moved to disqualify Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente from the case of League of Women Voters Florida, et al. v. Rick Scott, in the wake of the justice's controversial "hot mic" remarks after the conclusion of oral argument in the case nearly three weeks ago.

Gov. Scott says 'we expect judges to be impartial' in 'hot mic' records request

By John Breslin | Nov 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott made a public records request Tuesday asking for all documents reviewed by two state Supreme Court justices involving their controversial "hot mic" exchange over the make up of a commission that recommends nominees to the high court.

Advocates say new Florida insurance law a victory for consumers

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Consumer advocates are hailing a new Florida law requiring life insurance companies to inform policyholders of their right to consult with a professional before agreeing to changes in their policies.

Florida governor signs terrorism bill

By John Severance | Jun 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed 33 bills into law this month, and one allows victims of terrorism to recover legal fees and damages.

Workers' comp reform bill passes Florida's House of Representatives

By Zachary Lewis | Apr 7, 2017

In a vote of 20 to 9, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would alter the state’s workers’ compensation laws.

Appeals-court ruling potentially at odds with Florida Supreme Court ruling

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Mar 3, 2017

MIAMI — Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently asked the Florida Supreme Court to consider a review of the ongoing case involving Florida Power & Light’s desire to utilize nuclear power.

Florida Supreme Court rejects 2013 amendment saying jurisdiction on procedural matters lies with the court

By Richard Jones | Feb 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s highest court has struck down a 2013 state law, backed by Gov. Rick Scott, that changed the standard used by Florida to govern the admissibility of expert witness testimony.

Judge refuses reconsideration in Seminole tribe gambling ruling

By Giovanni Whaley | Dec 24, 2016

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has scored another legal victory against the state of Florida over a gambling agreement made in 2010.

Legal reform advocates not optimistic in advance of med mal ruling at Florida Supreme Court

By W.J. Kennedy | Dec 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE - Tort reform advocates in Florida say they expect the state Supreme Court to overturn a 2013 law enacted to “level the playing field” for defendants and their attorneys in medical malpractice cases.

Charges dropped against Miami-Dade judge

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- The Miami-Dade judge set to face a criminal mischief trial for destroying a pickup truck using a metal pipe in June escaped prosecution after the charges were dropped.

Voters will decide if Florida should expand medical marijuana law

By Joe Dyton | Nov 7, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- On Nov. 8, Floridians can vote on a proposed revision to a state constitution amendment, Amendment 2, that would expand the law governing medical marijuana and its users.

Floridians advised to use state's price gouging hotline following the hurricane

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Oct 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE - As Hurricane Matthew moved closer to Florida, residents were doing all that they could to prepare for the damage the storm was sure to bring. For Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, this meant activating the state’s price gouging hotline.

2 new judges appointed to Escambia County Court

By Russell Boniface | May 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed two new judges to the Escambia County Court.

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