Florida Five: Abortion ‘viability’ bill headed to Senate floor, Scott not sold on marijuana proposal

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Hassan Shibly, Esq. from the Council on American-Islamic Relations Tampa Chapter

CAIR protests textbook bill; says it’s rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry: A bill making its way through the Florida legislature requiring local school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms is now the target of the the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR. Read more.

Scott administration wants more restrictions on marijuana proposal: Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn’t get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy. Instead, Scott wants a more limited approach that would put children with “intractable” epilepsy, as well as children and adults with other diseases, into clinical trials for the drug. The trials would require cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or drug companies. Read more.

Abortion ‘viability’ bill headed to Florida Senate floor:  The Senate Rules Committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that could prohibit certain abortions now legal in Florida, sending the measure to the full Senate. The committee supported, in a 6-5 party-line vote, a proposal (SB 918) by Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores that is intended to prevent abortions after fetuses reach the point of “viability.” Read more.

Senate sheds ‘shakedown’ language from its beer growler bill: State lawmakers are backing off some controversial provisions of a beer bill likened to a mob-like shakedown of Florida’s exploding craft brew industry.The bill, SB 1714 sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has been pushed by beer distributors and retailers to further regulate Florida’s exploding craft breweries trying to expand and sell their own brews on premises and also in bottles or jugs known as growlers. It cleared its final Senate committee Monday after more than an hour of complaints from small brewers from around the state. Read more.

Florida senator hopes to keep immigration tuition bill alive: A procedural maneuver could save a bill that would grant in-state college tuition rates to certain undocumented immigrants.Last week, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, announced that his committee would not hear the proposal, which weakened its chance of becoming law.
But Monday, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, said he would try to add the language to four other bills that come before the panel on Tuesday. If Latvala is successful, the immigrant tuition provision would stay alive.He probably has the votes. Read more.

BONUS: GOP Beats Democrats to Spanish-Language Airwaves

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