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Fresh Take Florida is a news service producing top-caliber investigative and political content. Hard-hitting coverage generally focuses on Florida’s state government, including the Legislature, or other issues of statewide, regional or national interest. Stories are also distributed to Florida’s largest news organizations and more broadly under distribution agreements with The Associated Press, CNN, the Florida Public Radio Network, Gatehouse/Gannett, Tribune Media Company, McClatchy Co. and TEGNA.

Florida’s Amendment 4 ‘Fines and Fees’ Limitation Found Unconstitutional In US Appeals Court Opinion

The decision still leaves it unclear who among Florida’s felons will be allowed to vote in this year’s presidential election, but sends a strong signal to the pending federal court case that such a ruling would be legally justified.

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University Of Florida To Professors: Stop Ordering Sick Students To Be Tested For Coronavirus

The orders from the University of Florida are a response to rising anxieties about the illness on a campus with more than 6,000 international students amid the virus’s rapid global spread – even though there have been no reported cases in Florida. 

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Florida Courts Face The Challenge Of Collecting Thousands In Fines And Fees Owed By Ex-Felons

A new government study by the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability shows Florida courts have a remarkably difficult job collecting fees and fines in criminal cases – failures that now have a direct impact on the ability of ex-felons to vote in future elections after they serve their prison sentences.

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Florida On Path To Require Anyone Under 18 To Obtain Parent’s Permission For Abortions

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week. If the House approves it as expected in coming weeks – the governor already said he will sign it into law – Florida would become the 27th state to impose parental consent legislation for abortions.

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