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Coverage of Florida’s state government — from the legislature to the cabinet and beyond — from WUFT’s team in Tallahassee.

Florida Lawmakers File Anti-Gun Violence Legislation

Bold-lettered signs that read, “Stand up to the NRA”, “No NRA Money” and “Disarm Hate” floated above a crowd of Democratic legislators on the capitol’s fourth-floor rotunda on Tuesday. In a gun violence prevention press conference, freshman legislators unveiled proposed gun legislation for the upcoming session. It was organized in …

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Three Key Election Officials Have No Previous Election Experience

Updated: Feb. 12, 9:56 p.m.:  Florida’s new secretary of state and two key election supervisors in some of the state’s most-populous counties have never run an election. The officials have taken over central roles for future elections, with no previous experience besides voting themselves. They include recently appointed Secretary of …

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Buzz On Highways? Florida May See New Honeybees License Tags

Tired of the typical Florida orange stamped on the back of your car? The Legislature is considering five new specialty license plate options for motorists, including ones promoting honeybees and the gopher tortoise. Another would pay for mental health counseling for shooting survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 …

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Florida State Rep. Anika Omphroy Said Rep. Carlos Smith Bullied, Threatened Her

Updated: Feb. 12, 7:51 a.m.: House Speaker Jose Oliva has launched a workplace harassment investigation after newly elected Florida State Rep. Anika Omphroy, D-Lauderdale Lakes, wrote in an open letter Monday to the House Democratic Caucus  that she was “bullied, threatened and verbally assaulted” by Orlando Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith at an event over the …

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Florida Senate Considers New Ban On Police Releasing Photo, Audio, Video Of Mass Killings

Florida is considering prohibiting police from releasing audio, photographs or video of mass killings unless a court gives them permission. The measure would dramatically alter the way news organizations cover a modern scourge that has claimed scores of lives. 

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