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Florida Five: Floods & fireworks, Self-defense bill sails through, Warriors hit Miami

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Take a look at Thursday’s Florida Five – the day’s top political stories coming out of a very busy State senate.

Flood insurance bill receives unanimous support: A bill described as laying the framework for a private marketplace in Florida for flood insurance steamed forward Wednesday, winning unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance. What’s propelling it are the sharp increases in federal flood insurance rates not only distressing coastal homeowners but beginning to hurt property values and housing sales in areas just beginning to recover from the recession. Read more.

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Gun owners self-defense bill moves forward in Fla. Senate: A bill backed by the National Rifle Association to protect Florida gun owners who display their weapon or fire a warning shot to deter an attacker sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote Wednesday. Read more.

“We’re done lying” fireworks bill soars: Floridians as young as 16 no longer would have to “lie” when buying bottle rockets or more-powerful fireworks, under a measure that received backing in the state Senate on Wednesday. Read more.

Groups meet in Tampa to fight human trafficking/child sexual slavery: The Tampa Bay area is a top destination for human traffickers in Florida, experts say, but the enormity of the threat has barely scratched the community’s collective consciousness. That may be about to change. Friday will see the first of a series of events aimed at mobilizing the public and uniting different civic groups that have worked on the issue. Read more.

Radel apologizes to GOP House colleagues: U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, the Southwest Florida Republican arrested for cocaine possession in Washington in October, apologized to House Republicans on Wednesday to a round of applause according to the Washington Post. Read more.

Bonus: Wounded Warriors Project Soldier Ride kicks-off in Miami Thursday

For more Florida news, visit BPR’s FLORIDA NEWS page.

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