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Lawmakers Pass Bill To Aid Craft Brewers, End Growler War

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Senate Bill 186 could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales. The bill lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions and allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.”

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Bill Passed To Let Child Rape Victims Record Attackers

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

The Florida Legislature is sending Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would let children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts secretly record their attackers. The bill applies to victims who are under the age of 18.

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Abortion Waiting Period Bill Goes To Florida Governor

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

A bill to require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure Friday after about an hour of debate.

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Waived Fees Help Drivers Save Money On Traffic Citations

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm

As an effort to help traffic violators pay off citations, Clerks in the state of Florida initiated the money saving opportunity Operation Green Light. On Saturday, Alachua County hosted the promotion to waive fees to help residents cut the cost on paying off their citations.

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UF Students Welcome Bill Proposing Tax-Free Textbooks

By on April 13th, 2015 | Last updated: April 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

A new law in Florida could help students save money on expensive textbooks. The bill looks to eliminate the sales tax from textbooks to give students a break on the hundreds they already spend on required texts.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Issues Report on Hate Groups

By on April 9th, 2015 | Last updated: April 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are currently 784 hate groups nationwide. Florida’s 50 hate groups ranks second in the nation, with California topping the list with 57 different groups.

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New App Feature Makes Lunch Easier For Children During Summer

By on April 7th, 2015 | Last updated: April 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

A new feature on the Nutrislice app will show parents and students where the nearest Summer Meal Program site is. With 20 million viewers, the mobile application is designed to inform people about the school lunch program and to help alleviate food insecurity in Florida.

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Bills Proposing Abortion Counseling, Waiting Period For Women Move Forward

By on April 6th, 2015 | Last updated: April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

A set of bills moving through the Florida Senate and House of Representatives would require women to attend a counseling session 24 hours prior to having an abortion procedure. Proponents of the legislation believe the bills would provide awareness, while others believe the mandated counseling could have a negative impact on women’s health.

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Florida House Bills Allowing Concealed Carry In Schools Pass Judiciary Committee

By on April 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: April 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Two bills proposing changes to existing state standings on concealed weapons and firearms in schools won favorable votes in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. HB 4005 and HB 19 will now be put to a vote on the House floor before moving on to the state Senate.

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Florida Bill Proposing Concealed Carry On Public School Campuses Delayed

By on April 1st, 2015 | Last updated: April 1, 2015 at 4:59 pm

A vote on SB 180 has been postponed in the Committee on Education Pre-K-12. This Florida bill would allow designated public school employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons with a permit.

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