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Big Cat Rescue Works To Pass Protection Act

By on August 6th, 2015 | Last updated: August 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

One of the largest accredited wildlife sanctuaries, Big Cat Rescue, want to end private possession and breeding of big cats by November. To reach their goal, the sanctuary and a partnered coalition are pushing to get the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” passed.

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Thousands Sign Initiative To Get Florida Marijuana On 2016 Ballot

By on August 4th, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

United For Care has turned in about 100,000 out of 683,149 validated signatures needed to put the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions bill on the 2016 ballot. So far, Marion, Levy and Alachua counties have not yet received any signatures, according to the supervisor of elections offices in these counties.

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Feds Take Aim at Scott ‘LIP’ Lawsuit

By on June 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: June 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Federal officials filed documents Monday responding to a lawsuit by Gov. Rick Scott. The suit says the federal government “engaged in unconstitutional coercion” to make Florida expand its Medicaid program, while federal officials say this is a baseless claim.

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Florida Advances To Online Voting Registration

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that would implement an online voter registration system for Florida. The system is planned to be in place by 2017.

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Lopez-Cantera ‘Strongly Considering’ Senate Bid

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016. He announced his possible candidacy at the executive board meeting during the Republican Party of Florida’s quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

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Governor Scott Signs 28 Bills Into Law This Week

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Governor Rick Scott signed almost three dozen bills into law this week. The new laws address issues ranging from revenge porn to the use of drones.

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County Commissioners Discuss Misdemeanor Marijuana Issues

By on May 14th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office performed a case study on marijuana charges from 2013 to 2014. Its findings sparked discussion about the appropriate response to stand-alone misdemeanor marijuana charges during Alachua County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

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Proposed Solar Energy Amendment To Compete With Utility Companies

By on May 14th, 2015 | Last updated: May 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

A new amendment, known as the Solar Initiative, seeks to overcome utility regulations by allowing businesses to generate and sell their own solar power to neighboring businesses. A report was recently released outlining the advantages of allowing a free market in Florida’s energy.

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Budget Impasse Could Delay Tax Cuts

By on May 13th, 2015 | Last updated: May 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

A massive tax-cut package and the governor’s push for a “historic” increase in education funding could be in jeopardy as the health care-fueled budget impasse continues in the Legislature. The Senate remains firm that a tax-cut package isn’t going to move while the impasse is in place.

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Alachua County Sheriff Candidate Hopes To Get Office Back To Its Roots

By on April 29th, 2015 | Last updated: April 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

Zac Zedalis, a detective for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, is running for Alachua County Sheriff in 2016. He will focus on the issues of low morale, budget concerns and cultural issues.

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