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Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is officially out of the Florida legislature. Artiles has resigned just days after saying that he would not not step down, and announcing plans to run for re-election.  He has been under fire for insulting his colleagues during a not-so-private conversation earlier in the week.

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TALLAHASSEE — Facing pressure to address drug overdoses across the state, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi rolled out plans Tuesday for a series of workshops and gave support for legislation focused on opioids and drug abuse.

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A Florida pilot program making it easier for foster teens to get driver's licenses and insurance is likely to become permanent.

The Legislature has approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. The measure pays back cost for a learner's permit, driving school and insurance for those who have completed an education program. It covers teens until they’re 18 and a half.  

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TALLAHASSEE — Sports franchises wouldn't be able to build or renovate stadiums on publicly owned land under a measure that won House approval Thursday.

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A bill seeking to protect the freedom of religious expression in public schools cleared Florida Senate on Thursday in a vote that largely cleaved along party lines.

The bill, aiming to create the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” passed by 23-13 vote on the floor. It intends to unify existing religious rights in a single legislation that would be simple to implement and heed.

 


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