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  • Wednesday: Should warning shots be legal?

    Wednesday: Should warning shots be legal?
            What I really love about the Florida Legislature is they are always looking to add another gun-lovers’  bill to soothe the National Rifle Association, even when the bill is ridiculous or unneeded.   Case in point – the...
  • Prescription narcotics bill poised to pass

    In an absolute bipartisan showing, Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation; Rep. Dave Hood, R- Daytona Beach; and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, have proposed legislation that would dramatically increase the amount of prescription pain medication needed...
  • Bob Jarvis: Local option still best hope for true gambling reform

    So where do we go from here? That's the question after the Florida Legislature's recent announcement it was again punting on bringing order to the state's chaotic gambling laws. It was apparent from the start that this year's legislative session would...
  • Don Torok: Oppose bill that encourages tobacco use

    Thank you for your recent editorial, "Picking fights won't help e-cigarette ban," in reference to House Bill 169 and e-cigarettes. Your editorial only touched the surface of the real issue and it is an important one for all of the residences in Florida A...
  • Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects

    Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects
    TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Ranches describes itself glowingly as a rural, Old Florida time-warp of a town near Fort Lauderdale, complete with “donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.” But the farming community of 7,000 on the...
  • Lobbying: connections, appearances & results

    Lobbying: connections, appearances & results
    Ask one thing about lobbying in Florida, and several more questions come up. At issue now – click on the link in the right hand column – is proposed legislation in Tallahassee. It would ban county elected officials and municipal officials...
  • New gun proposal goes too far, again

    The Florida Senate has gone beyond ludicrous with the latest proposal backed by the gun lobby. Now they want to allow people who cannot pass the minimal requirements for a concealed weapons permit to carry guns in the stressful atmosphere of an emergency....
  • Florida's housing programs need ample state funding

    The Florida Senate's budget appropriates all of the housing trust fund monies generated by the documentary stamp projected for fiscal year 2014-15 to Florida's housing programs. What's needed now is for the Florida House to do the same. The Senate's...
  • Blackstone stepping back from stake in SeaWorld

    Blackstone stepping back from stake in SeaWorld
    The Blackstone Group continues to trim its stake in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the Orlando-based theme-park owner it bought in late 2009. After shedding another 19 million shares last week — 1.75 million of which were bought back by SeaWorld...
  • Clerk saved funds, faith in severance saga: Editorial

    Clerk saved funds, faith in severance saga: Editorial
    Eddie Fernandez was sworn in as Orange County's clerk of courts just a couple of months ago, but he's already saved taxpayers more than a quarter million dollars — and set an example for other Florida officials. Fernandez wisely hired a law firm...
  • Bryan Desloge: We can agree on cutting government waste

    From balancing a state budget to considering hundreds of bills, Florida lawmakers face a lot of tough challenges during the annual 60-day legislative session. With so many matters to address, there's certainly plenty of room for debate and disagreement....
  • Democrats' voting-rights bills go nowhere fast

    Democrats' voting-rights bills go nowhere fast
    TALLAHASSEE — It was an entirely predictable result. With three weeks left before the Florida Legislature calls it quits, a raft of Democratic-sponsored bills making it easier to vote is basically parked in the dead-letter office of the Capitol....