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State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week


Last Friday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that members of the Florida Legislature need to immediately redraw two congressional districts he deemed unconstitutional. Lewis ordered state lawmakers to submit a revised map by Aug. 15. He also ruled the secretary of state propose a special election plan for the affected congressional districts.

Published in Blog, Government, Politics

Judge Says Florida Legislature Broke Law When Drawing Congressional Maps, Legislators Won’t Appeal


Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that the Florida Legislature broke state laws when drawing up congressional districts in 2012. Since the decision was announced, Republican leaders announced they won’t be challenging the ruling.

Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Redistricting Trial Ends, Some Questions Remain Unanswered


The 12-day long trial over whether GOP leaders in the Florida Legislature broke the law when re-drawing congressional maps in 2012 ended this week. After days of lengthy questioning, there are still some unanswered questions, though.

Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Redistricting Fight Goes To Trial


An ongoing battle over whether the state’s newest congressional districts were drawn with a partisan bias will continue in a Tallahassee courtroom this week.

Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

This Could Be The Year For In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students In Florida


Just a few days shy of the beginning of this year’s legislation session, there are signs that in-state tuition for undocumented students might pass.

Published in Blog, Government, Immigration, Politics

Politicians Admit In Court Destroying Redistricting Records


Florida Republican leaders admitted in court filings this week they destroyed documents related to the redistricting effort in 2012.

Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Proposed Amendment To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida Faces Court Hearing


The fight over a proposed amendment to the state’s Constitution legalizing medical marijuana is making its way to the Florida Supreme Court.

Published in Blog, Government, Health, Politics

Florida Legislators Will Pay More For Health Insurance Next Year


Florida lawmakers will be paying more for health care soon.

Published in Blog, Government, Health, Insurance, Politics

Pro Sports Teams Lobby Florida Lawmakers At Record Levels


This past legislative session was big business for sports lobbyists, The Florida-Times Union reported this week.

Published in Blog, Business, Government, Politics

State Legislator Looks To Amend ‘Stand Your Ground’ In 2014


Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith filed legislation this week that aims to amend the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which received media scrutiny following the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

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