Florida Five: County to give citations for pot possession, Judge blocks abortion waiting period

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

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Miami-Dade adopts $100 fine for pot possession — Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — by issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal system. “We have better things to do with our police resources,” said Commissioner Sally Heyman, sponsor of the ordinance. “For goodness’ sakes, we don’t have to destroy the lives of so many.” The change in county code passed 10-3, marking a milestone in how Florida’s largest local government treats marijuana offenses. Read more

Tallahassee judge blocks abortion waiting period –A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis on Tuesday blocked the law one day before it was scheduled to take effect. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued after Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. Read more

Bondi joins other states in lawsuit over protecting wetlands – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined seven other states’ top lawyers Tuesday in a suit challenging new federal rules designed to better protect the nation’s wetlands. The suit argues that the new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are “an attempt by two agencies of the federal government to usurp the states’ primary responsibility for the management, protection, and care of intrastate waters and lands.” Read more

‘Justice 2 Jesus’ lobbyist calls for repeal of all laws passed during regular legislative session – Hardly a day went by during this year’s legislative session — and most sessions before that — that a well-dressed gentleman didn’t give public comment on, well, most any bill which even had the remote possibility of passing through the Legislature. Almost each and every day, lobbyist Brian Pitts of Justice 2 Jesus marched toward the podium, prepared to ignite a fire in state lawmakers’ hearts. Read more

New Florida law gives consumers more convenient access to new vaccines – Florida consumers will now have more convenient access to new vaccines at their local pharmacy starting July 1, thanks to a new law passed by the Florida Legislature. Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill into law that will allow patients to receive several new vaccines at pharmacies, instead of having to go to their doctors’ offices. Read more

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