Florida Five: Bipartisan bill protects Fla. gun owners, ‘stand your ground’ showdown

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While you give thanks that it is Friday, check out today’s Florida Five political stories from around the state:

House votes no to repeal ‘stand your ground’: In a resounding vote Thursday, a Florida House Committee rejected a bill to repeal the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, saying the law might need improvements, but that its essential protection of the right of self-defense is unshakeable. . . Read more.

Bipartisan bill protects Fla. gun owners: A bipartisan bill that would rein in prosecutions of those who display guns in defending themselves under the state’s 10-20-life law sailed through its first committee stop Thursday, backed by the state’s public defenders and gun rights groups….Read more.

kathleensebeliusmarcorubio-sunshinestatenewsRubio fights felons becoming Obamacare navigators with new bill: With fewer Americans opting to enroll in President Barack Obama’s federal health-care program online due to the well-reported problems at Healthcare.gov and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitting felons could become navigators, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill on Thursday to raise standards on navigators and hopefully crack down on fraud. The new bill came a day after Sebelius admitted felons could become navigators and gain access to Americans’ Social Security numbers and other confidential information…Read more.

Push for perks to lure entertainment industry to Fla.: Florida’s government should be playing a much bigger role in drawing entertainment production to the state, an industry group representative told lawmakers Thursday….Read more.

perry cristBig guns firing away at Crist: The fur is flying in the gubernatorial race a year before Floridians cast their votes, with Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic rivals former Gov. Charlie Crist and former state Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich tearing into each other. After announcing on Monday that he was running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Crist has drawn heavy fire from Republicans and primary opponent Rich. On Thursday, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) sent out Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, an ally of Scott, to fire away at Crist…Read more.

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