Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Senator puts brakes on Campus Carry – Campus carry hit a major roadblock Thursday when the chair of a key Senate committee said it will not consider SB 68 this session. The measure would have allowed Florida’s 1.4 million concealed weapons permit holders to carry a gun into classes on university and college campuses. Read more
“Stand your ground” law changes inch toward full Senate vote – Senators debated on Thursday proposed changes to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, clearing the way for a floor vote. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island — the sponsor of SB 344 — spent 20 minutes answering questions posed mostly by Democratic senators who probed the need for and implications of the bill. Read more
Gov. Rick Scott signs water policy, special needs bills into law – Surrounded by members of the House and Senate – and President Andy Gardiner’s entire family – Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed the first three new laws of 2016. Together, the legislation represents a joint agenda set out by Gardiner, R-Orlando and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, after they took office in 2014: a comprehensive re-write of state water policy and an expansion of resources available to help people with special needs get an education and career training. Read more
Florida bill would leave open-records legal fees up to judge – With the backing of local governments, a Florida House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would give judges discretion in deciding whether to award attorney fees in public-records lawsuits. Open-government advocates argue the bill (HB 1021) would blow a hole in Florida’s Sunshine Law, as government agencies are now required to pay attorney fees when they are found to have improperly withheld public records. Read more
State Republicans to work on minority, millennial outreach – The Republican Party of Florida’s annual meeting in Orlando this weekend will focus heavily on training Republicans to reach out to minority and young voters. At the meeting, set for the Rosen Centre Friday and Saturday, the RPOF has scheduled numerous committee meetings for party leaders and volunteers on such topics as minority engagement and digital engagement. Read more
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