Florida Five: Tax cut package clears Senate panel, ACLU sues Florida over new bill

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

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Florida Senate panel approves $400 million tax-cut package— Back-to-school shopping would be cheaper, cellphone bills would drop and college textbooks would be a little less expensive under a wide-ranging tax-cut package that emerged Thursday in the Florida Legislature. In all, the Senate proposed a carefully crafted $400 million tax-cut package that falls short of Gov. Rick Scott’s push for $700 million in cuts.  Read more

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State abortion rights: Florida sued for new 24-hour waiting period; ACLU calls law unconstitutional – A new Florida law that would require a woman to wait 24 hours between seeing a doctor and obtaining an abortion places an “undue burden” on women and is also unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights against the state of Florida. The new requirement, signed into law Wednesday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, is slated to go into effect July 1. Read more

Alan Grayson seems to be gearing up to run for Senate – Is Rep. Alan Grayson about to shake up the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Florida? He recently staffed up with a formidable campaign team and singled out Rep. Patrick Murphy, a moderate Democrat who’s already in the race, in a news release. Recent polls show he could indeed have a shot at challenging Murphy for the Democratic nod to make a run at Marco Rubio’s seat. So all signs point to yes. Here are the facts. Read more

Federal judge shoots down challenge to All Aboard Florida bonds – All Aboard Florida (AAF) won big this week as U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., threw out a “temporary halt” to allegations brought by Martin and Indian River counties that would temporarily stop the Florida Development Finance Corp. (FDFC) from issuing private-activity bonds to AAF. This decision ensures the high-speed passenger train will have the bonds to finance the $1.75 billion railroad from Miami to Orlando. Read more

Florida governor signs bill to clear way for Nationals-Astros new spring training facility – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law Wednesday that will officially allow the Nationals and Astros to move forward with a joint spring training facility in West Palm Beach. Scott’s signature represented the final okay needed from the state, approving a change in a land-use regulation, though it was largely a formality. Read more

ICYMI: Nanny state nightmare: Parents lose custody of kids — for being held up in traffic

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