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Automatic Restoration for Ex-Cons?

Posted: 02/24/2011 - There are more than 100,000 Floridians stuck in a bureaucratic backlog... all convicted felons who've served their sentences but who aren't allowed by law to vote or get the tools they need to go back to work, all because they need the state to sign off. And now that the system could get even slower.

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Georgia Lawmakers Push to Ban "Bath Salts"

Updated: 02/23/2011 - Georgia lawmakers moved one step closer toward banning a new brand of synthetic drug that is marketed as bath salts and sold legally under brand names like "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine."

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Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia

Updated: 02/24/2011 - Supporters of legislation that would let local communities vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales say the issue is still alive and that lawmakers should let voters weigh in on the issue.

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Florida Pension Reform Debate

Posted: 02/22/2011 - A Florida Senate committee is getting to work on a bill that would reform the state's public pension system, and the issue could be a rallying cry for a union backlash.

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September Release for Book on Sarah Palin

Posted: 02/22/2011 - The author accused of helping leak an unpublished tell-all on Sarah Palin is releasing his own book on the former Alaska governor this summer.

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Saving the High-Speed Rail Project in Florida

Updated: 02/21/2011 - Federal officials have given high-speed rail supporters in Florida until Friday to come up with a way to save the project. They're working on a way to hand it over to local governments, but it appears they'll still have to satisfy Gov. Rick Scott at least on some level.

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4 Senators Ask Florida to End 'Flamingo Express'

Posted: 02/20/2011 - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Senators from Florida, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia say Florida's governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route called the "flamingo express."

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Scott Making Enemies in Tallahassee?

Posted: 02/17/2011 - Governor Rick Scott is already creating enemies in Tallahassee, and many of them are his fellow republicans. As the rift widens, Scott's ability to get things done may weaken.

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Florida Lawmakers Want to Require Sugar-Free Substitutes in Restaurants

Posted: 02/11/2011 - More than a million Floridians are living with diabetes. It's a disease that doesn't have a cure, but it can be controlled and in some cases even prevented by simply cutting back on sugar, but that makes going out to eat tricky. Now some lawmakers want to expand your options at the table.

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Lawmakers Call Scott's Budget Proposals Unrealistic

Posted: 02/10/2011 - Governor Rick Scott unveiled his budget proposal to great fanfare before a crowd of tea partiers earlier this week, but Thursday in Tallahassee, lawmakers continued to chip away at what they say are the budget's unrealistic goals. They're already asking Scott to make some major changes if he hopes to win their votes.

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Roby Speaks With Physicians About the Health Care Reform Bill

Posted: 02/03/2011 - As Republicans in the Senate make a push to repeal the Health Care Reform Bill, doctors in Dothan are sitting down with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to share ideas on what is needed in healthcare reform at the Houston County Medical Society’s quarterly meeting.

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Florida Lawmakers Rethinking Unemployment Benefits

Posted: 02/03/2011 - The economy may be on the rebound, but in Florida, more than a million people are still without a job. Many of them are relying on unemployment benefits to help make ends meet. If some lawmakers get their way, those weekly compensation checks could soon be a lot more difficult to come by.

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Tying Teacher Pay to Student Perfomance

Updated: 01/28/2011 - Education reform is once again at the top of the Florida legislature's agenda. Republican leaders want to bring back their proposal to tie teacher pay to student performance.

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