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News stories that impact the state of Florida.

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TALLAHASSEE -- A federal judge has struck down county commission districts in a rural North Florida county -- a potentially precedent-setting decision that could play into a challenge of the state's congressional lines.

Gun rights advocates say they could gain more from a pending Florida Supreme Court case than controversial open-carry legislation that failed this year.

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Florida voters could potentially decide on  five proposed constitutional amendments this year.

Three of them will appear on the November ballot, and two others are awaiting approval from the governor and Florida Supreme Court.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s thrilled with nearly $1.9 million dollars in state funding the Legislature approved for Jacksonville. He says the city’s top priorities are being funded.

Curry campaigned on public safety and neighborhood improvement, which is why he says the recent state appropriations are a win.

 


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $250 million in the state budget this week, including $50,000 that would have helped create a statewide cold case task force.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott celebrated job creation Monday on a statewide “Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour,” despite the Legislature’s denying Scott’s request for $250 million dollars for recruiting companies.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Cissy Proctor says she’s thinking outside the box to incentivize businesses.

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Conservation supporters are warily watching a budget Florida lawmakers are set to vote on Friday, which they say would violate Amendment 1 of the state Constitution.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial measure called the “Pastor Protection Act” Thursday. It was one of 26 bills that got the governor’s approval at the same time.


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In the latest round in Florida's abortion battles, lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would increase clinic regulations and bar public funding for organizations associated with abortion clinics.

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 Florida House and Senate leaders announced a deal on the state budget during a late-night meeting Monday, pumping more than $120 million in last-minute projects into the spending plan and setting the Legislature on course to end its annual session Friday, as scheduled.

A utility-backed measure intended to put existing solar-energy regulations into the state Constitution drew indications of skepticism and support Monday from Florida Supreme Court justices

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A deal on the state's public-safety budget that lawmakers reached late Friday would not give the Department of Corrections the 734 additional positions the agency says are necessary to make Florida's prisons more secure.

The new jobs were part of an effort by the department to have corrections officers work eight-hour shifts instead of 12-hour shifts. The department has been reeling from a series of reports about issues such as contraband smuggling and abuse of inmates.

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Surrounded by a group of police chiefs, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure dubbed the "backyard range" bill, intended to restrict the recreational discharge of a firearm in certain residential areas.

The proposal was one of nine that Scott signed into law Wednesday.

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Florida surpassed Gov. Rick Scott's goal of attracting 100 million visitors last year. And Scott is setting a higher target for tourism officials in 2016.
 
The governor and Visit Florida, the state's tourism-marketing arm, announced last week that an estimated 105 million tourists made their way to the Sunshine State in 2015, topping the 98.5 million reported the previous year.

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Florida lawmakers are not budgeting enough money for land conservation, as required under a constitutional amendment voters approved two years ago.

Former Florida Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham campaigned for Amendment 1 and says he’s disappointed at legislative proposals for the second year in a row.


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