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Stand Your Ground bill still in legislative limbo

There were still no definite answers Wednesday on whether the House will consider a Senate-approved change to the state’s Stand Your Ground law. The Senate bill, backed by state Sen. Rob Bradley, “shifts the burden of proof from the defendant to the prosecution” in pretrial hearings on whether a use of force was justifiable, according to […]

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Medical marijuana expansion bill heads back to committee

A measure expanding medical marijuana to the terminally ill is headed back to a Senate panel. The Florida Senate on Thursday announced the measure (SB 460) would be referred back to the Senate Rules Committee. The move came one day after the bill, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican, was temporarily postponed. […]

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Cathryn Sophia Heads Davona Dale

Winner of her first three races by a combined 34 1/2 lengths, Cathryn Sophia looks to continue on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she takes on six rivals in the $200,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) at Gulfstream.

Devaughn Darling claims bill clears education budget panel

A Senate budget panel advanced a bill on Wednesday to grant the family of a deceased Florida State University football player who died on the practice field. The bill – SB 16 by Sen. Arthenia Joyner – appropriates $1.8 million to the family of Devaughn Darling, who died during preseason drills from complications of an undiagnosed health […]

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Alimony bill clears 2nd committee in Senate

The Senate’s alimony overhaul bill cleared its second review panel Wednesday, though it was again rushed through in the remaining minutes of a committee hearing. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice OK’d the bill (SB 668), aimed of getting rid of “forever alimony,” on a 5-2 party-line vote. As in its first hearing in the Judiciary […]

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