Florida Five: ‘Stand your ground’ bill gets Senate vote, Judge refuses to dismiss Amend. 1 lawsuit

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

Stand Your Ground‘Stand your ground’ bill heads to Senate floor — After stalling in the House, a proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law is poised to go to the full Senate. The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday unanimously passed the measure, filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, after adopting several amendments. Read more

Judge rejects attempts by Legislature to dismiss lawsuit against them over Amendment 1 – Land and water MHA Tallahassee judge on Thursday rejected attempts by the Florida Legislature to dismiss a lawsuit accusing lawmakers of violating the constitution by misspending $237 million in money in Amendment 1 funds intended for water and land conservation. Read more

Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff to honor victims of San Bernardino shootings – On Thursday afternoon, responding to the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags across Florida to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday. Read more

New Florida bill could make recess a right – A new bill filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate could make recess a right for all students K-5 across the state of Florida. “They need this daily for their mental health, their physical health,” said Amanda Lipham, a Polk County mother who started a petition to bring back recess in the Lakeland school district. Read more

Despite objections of environmentalists, pro-fracking bill advances in Florida Legislature — A three-year effort to make it easier for oil and gas companies to bring controversial drilling technologies known as fracking to the state is making headway in the Florida House, despite opposition from environmentalists and local governments. Read more

Oops! Donald Trump’s old campaign bus is now a Miami art exhibit 

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