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Controversy Surrounds Better Place Plan Renewal in Putnam County

By on March 20th, 2015 | Last updated: March 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Putnam County residents will be able to vote on the renewal of the Better Place Plan on April 7. However, the wording of the renewal plan has some residents questioning the transparency of the commission and how the changes will affect the county.

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Bill Creating Online Voting Registration Passes First Vote

By on March 19th, 2015 | Last updated: March 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Senate Bill 228 passed its first round of voting on Tuesday 7 to 2. The bill will make online voting registration possible and enable current voters to update information. If passed, the bill states online services will be available Jan. 1, 2016.

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Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ Could Invalidate Alachua County Human Rights Ordinance

By on March 19th, 2015 | Last updated: March 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

A House Civil Justice Subcommittee approved a bill on March 4 that would ban transgender Floridians from using single-sex facilities that do not align with the sex listed on their driver’s licenses.

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Gainesville City Commission Elections End In Run-Offs

By on March 17th, 2015 | Last updated: March 17, 2015 at 9:10 pm

The Gainesville City Commission District 1 and City Commission At-Large elections ended Tuesday night with two run-offs. The final election will be held on April 14.

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Gainesville City Commission District 1 Candidates Talk Goals And GRU

By on March 16th, 2015 | Last updated: March 16, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Gainesville City Commission elections are Tuesday, and WUFT News has interviewed candidates to help voters make informed decisions. The candidates on Tuesday’s ballot shared their reasons for running and visions for the city of Gainesville.

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Gainesville City Commission At-Large Seat 1 Candidates On Political Policy And City Plans

By on March 16th, 2015 | Last updated: March 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Gainesville City Commission at-large seat 1 elections are Tuesday. WUFT News has interviewed candidates to help voters make informed decisions. The candidates on Tuesday’s ballot shared their reasons for running and visions for the city of Gainesville.

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Florida Lawmakers Propose Changes To Drug Policies

By on March 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: March 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm

The coming Florida session in state politics will have several lawmakers take stances on drug policies. Proposals altering the state’s policy for tobacco, marijuana and alcohol will be under review.

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Trial Date Set For ACLU, Lake County School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Case

By on February 27th, 2015 | Last updated: February 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

May 2 has been set as the trial date for a lawsuit challenging the Lake County School Board’s refusal to allow students at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida, to form a gay-straight alliance. ACLU attorney Daniel Tiller said they are appealing based on the First Amendment and Equal Access Act.

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Scott Plans To Reduce Standardized Testing Statewide

By on February 27th, 2015 | Last updated: February 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

An executive action to be issued by Governor Scott would reduce the number of tests Florida students are required to take. Subsequent legislation would eliminate progress-monitoring requirements, make certain exams optional and reassess how to evaluate teachers in public schools.

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Environmental Groups ‘Rally In Tally’ To Talk Amendment 1 Spending

By on February 18th, 2015 | Last updated: February 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Environmental groups across the state sent supporters to the capital on Wednesday to discuss the allocation of funds set aside by Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. The Florida legislative session will begin in March, and the bill will take effect on July 1.

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