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ONLY IN FLORIDA: Zombie Amendments, And Cell Phone Vigilantes

State legislators take on the zombie apocalypse in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.ONLY IN FLORIDA is our weekly roundup of the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous headlines from right here in the Sunshine State.

ONLY IN FLORIDA does a state senator file an amendment to help citizens prepare to zombies.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, has filed an amendment to a concealed-weapons bill (SB 296), titled: “An act relating to the zombie apocalypse.”

The bill, which was heard by the Senate on Wednesday but has been postponed, would allow people to carry their weapons without a concealed weapons permit when mandatory evacuations have been ordered.

While Democrats largely oppose the bill, gun lobbyists argue that people should not have to abandon their guns during an emergency such as a hurricane or other disasters. (Orlando Sentinel)

ONLY IN FLORIDA does a driver take the quest to get people to hang up and drive into his own hands.

Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner, Florida is facing $48,000 in fines after using a cell phone jammer for two years during his daily commute to prevent other motorists from talking on their phones while driving.  

The Federal Communications Commission and the local sheriff tracked Humphreys down, and said that his jamming could prevent people from making emergency calls and might disrupt communications from safety agencies. (Slate)

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Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.