Tag Archives: Florida Senate

Florida Senate passes bill banning texting while driving

By on April 18th, 2013 | Last updated: April 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

The Florida Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban texting while driving if passed by the Florida House of Representatives by May 3.

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In the News: Senate passes texting ban, substance abuse treatment reform, teachers sue district, Boston Marathon hero

By on April 16th, 2013 | Last updated: April 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Florida Senate unanimously approves texting while driving ban – The Florida Senate unanimously passed SB 52 Tuesday. The bill makes texting while driving a secondary violation, meaning a driver would have have to commit an additional offense to be pulled […]

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In depth: Guards in schools and the costs to tax payers

By on April 16th, 2013 | Last updated: April 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Florida Senate bill 514 in legislature would allow counties to create independent districts that impose taxes to pay for school safety and mental health services.

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In the News: hurricane season predictions, state recognizes local student, proposed utility company restrictions, woman shot at cookout

By on April 9th, 2013 | Last updated: April 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

Hurricane predictions start rolling in; busy season expected | Tampa Bay Times – On Monday, The Weather Channel predicted 16 named storms for this upcoming hurricane season.  Nine of of those storms are predicted to be hurricanes, including five major […]

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Proposed Florida bill to make parents liable for juvenile crime

By on April 8th, 2013 | Last updated: December 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Under the proposed bill, parents could get their driver’s license taken away if they do not pay restitution for a child’s crime.

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Proposed education bill reported favorably out of Fla. Senate committee

By on March 19th, 2013 | Last updated: March 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

The Committee on Education reported favorably on proposed Senate Bill 1108 at Monday’s meeting. The proposed bill would empower parents of students with special-education needs in the decision-making process regarding students’ course curriculum and Individualized Education Program.

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In the News: defense attorney charged with DUI, house fire, senate rejects Medicaid expansion, Rome tourism rooting for American Pope

By on March 12th, 2013 | Last updated: March 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Local defense attorney, Thomas Edwards, charged with DUI after hit and run | Gainesville.com – Gainesville criminal defense attorney Thomas Edwards, 55, faces charges of driving under the influence Saturday afternoon on southbound I-75. Edwards, who is a partner in the Gainesville […]

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Medical marijuana bill introduced in Florida House, Senate

By on March 1st, 2013 | Last updated: March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Members of the Florida House and Senate introduced a new medical marijuana bill Wednesday. State Bill 1250, also called the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, would legalize up to four ounces of marijuana for seriously ill people and their caregivers.

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Florida Senate committee approves bill banning texting while driving

By on February 8th, 2013 | Last updated: February 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

The Florida Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill that would ban texting and driving Wednesday. Florida is one of five states that doesn’t outlaw texting while driving.

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‘Fine to kill terrorists,’ but Sen. Joe Negron says drones have no place in Florida

By on January 16th, 2013 | Last updated: January 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

A proposed bill in the Florida senate would make it illegal for law enforcement and government agencies from using drones to gather evidence or monitor Florida residents.

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