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Governor Rick Scott Signs Opioid Legislation

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Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions. Prescriptions for acute pain cases will receive up to a seven-day supply of opioid medication and enter the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) says this is only the beginning of a long battle.

More than 200 low-income and academically high-achieving students were chosen to be part of an event held by the cable television channel TLC’s “Say Yes to the Prom” event at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Students from Leto, Spoto, Brandon, Chamberlain, and Middleton high schools were treated to free prom dresses, makeovers, mentoring and shopping for formal wear.

Florida’s full 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is meeting this week to consider proposed amendments that could be placed on the 2018 ballot. One proposal addresses a conflict in Florida’s Constitution dealing with elections.

Jeffrey Seward, interim CEO of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), is in Washington D.C. to speak with congressional leaders about the importance of public transit.

A state fire marshal’s report is listing the cause of the fire that destroyed the Book Mine on Gaines’ Street as undetermined. The report says the scene was severely damaged by efforts to put out the blaze.

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted a roundtable on Monday to discuss how to keep the momentum for gun control going long after this coming Saturday's "March For Our Lives," organized by Parkland students with support from their peers around the country. 

Leon County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect in this morning’s (3/19) break-in and destruction at a Buddhist monastery north of Tallahassee.  He was identified as 28-year old Ahmad Hinson.

The White House on Monday continued tightening financial sanctions on Venezuela, issuing an order prohibiting U.S. citizens from making any transactions in the Petro, the socialist administration’s newly launched cryptocurrency.

The presidential order prohibits U.S. citizens from dealing in “any digital currency, digital coin, or digital token” issued by Venezuela after January 9, 2018.

Venezuela launched the Petro last month, and had touted the new cryptocurrency as a way to raise international financing amid Washington’s crackdown.

Gov. Scott Faces Decisions on 14 Bills This Week

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Gov. Rick Scott
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Gov. Rick Scott will act on at least 14 bills this week, including a proposal (HB 67) to create a slavery memorial at the Capitol and a measure (HB 41) dealing with “pregnancy support” services.

The city of Brooksville fired Chief of Police George Turner last week after he served more than 10 years in the role.


Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.


But the recommendation was never acted upon.

Last week we hosted an event in our TV studio called Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society. It was the culmination of a partnership with Gulfshore Life Magazine where we explored how we’ve gotten to the place in our society where talking about difficult issues is practically impossible.

About 100 people turned out for the discussion, led by Dr. Christopher Phillips, author of Socrates Café and Constitution Café, as well as a decades long advocate for civil dialogue. We streamed the event live on Facebook, and you can still watch it there in its entirety, but today we’re going to play a portion of it to give our listeners a sense of what was discussed.


The results of Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session, which ended earlier this month, were a mixed bag when it comes to priorities for the state’s environmental advocates.  Governor Rick Scott’s budget priorities prior to the start of session came out strongly in favor of environmental issues, and in the end lawmakers appropriated $100 million for the state’s primary conservation land-buying program, “Florida Forever.”  Although that amount is less than what environmental advocates had been hoping for, it is still an improvement over the zero dollars allocated to the program in 2017.  Meanwhile, a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’,(HB237 /SB462) went down in defeat for another year.  Lawmakers also approved a measure (SB1402/HB7043) that transfers wetland protection authority in the federal Clean Water Act away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and into the hands of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Proponents say the move clears away unnecessary red tape for development permitting, but opponents worry it will reduce environmental review and protections for the state’s sensitive wetlands.  We’ll get perspective from Audubon Florida’s interim Executive Director Julie Wraithmell and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Environmental Policy Director Nicole Johnson.

wo long-time pilots from the Tallahassee area received the federal government's most honored award on Saturday (3/17). Both aviators were recognized for their outstanding flight performance over more than half-a-century.