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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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Florida House Abruptly Adjourns Early Over Budget Impasse

By on April 28th, 2015 | Last updated: April 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm

The annual session of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature came to a halt Tuesday as the House adjourned three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion. Bills covering everything from tax cuts to gambling and medical marijuana died as a result.

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Florida Legislature Passes “Waldo Bill” To Outlaw Ticket Quotas

By on April 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: April 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Traffic ticket quotas for law enforcement agencies are now illegal under a bill unanimously passed by the House in the Florida Legislature. Sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, the “Waldo Bill” got its nickname from the city of Waldo, which was once considered one of the nation’s worst speed traps.

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Rep. Perry Confirms GRU Governance Bill Is Dead

By on April 15th, 2015 | Last updated: April 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

Rep. Keith Perry confirmed that a bill which would have allowed voters to establish a HB-1325 has died in the Florida House of Representatives. The hearing of HB 1325, was postponed during the last meeting of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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Rubio Announces Presidential Bid In Miami To Mixed Local Response

By on April 15th, 2015 | Last updated: April 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

On Monday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio announced his bid for presidency in 2016. The event at Freedom Tower in Miami was attended by eager supporters as well as peaceful protestors.

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Florida Lawmakers Set Sights On Industrial Hemp Production

By on April 15th, 2015 | Last updated: April 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

The bill would allow farmers to use a strain of cannabis as a cash crop that would be used to produce industrial items, like textiles. The strains would have much lower levels of THC than those used for medical or recreational purposes. If passed, the law would take effect on July 1.

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Gainesville City Commission Run-Offs End In Goston, Budd Victories

By on April 14th, 2015 | Last updated: April 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Charles Goston and Harvey Budd won their Gainesville City Commission seats after Tuesday’s run-off elections. Goston took the District 1 seat, and Budd won the at-large seat.

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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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