CAPITOL ROUNDUP: Tough issues, questions await state lawmakers

TALLAHASSEE | A few new faces, and some familiar ones that sprouted hipster beards over the summer, joined the hubbub in the Capitol for the first week of committee meetings before the legislative session kicks off in January.

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Agency pushed to give go-ahead to edible marijuana

TALLAHASSEE | A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

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CAPITOL ROUNDUP: Democrats get rare chance to celebrate

TALLAHASSEE | With piles of debris rotting in the Florida sun and rain after Hurricane Irma tattooed much of the state, officials are turning their attention to an even more dire disaster in Puerto Rico.

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CAPITOL ROUNDUP: Turbulent week capped by campaign posturing

It’s been more than 150 years since Florida Gov. John Milton killed himself, a week before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered in one of the final battles of the Civil War.

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Lawmakers could short-circuit FPL court rulings

TALLAHASSEE | The state’s largest electric utility is pushing two proposals — put on the fast track by Republican leaders — that amount to end-runs around recent court rulings, drawing outrage from consumer groups and large utility customers.

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Scott quickly signs death penalty sentencing bill

After more than a year of uncertainty, Florida is again poised to begin executions and prosecute death penalty cases after Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Monday aimed at fixing flaws in the state’s capital sentencing procedure.

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Judge sides with bakery over anti-gay message

TALLAHASSEE | A mother-and-daughter bakery did not discriminate against a potential customer when the owners refused to make a cake with an anti-gay slogan, an administrative law judge decided this week.

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Legal pot causes headaches for local officials

The seductive lure of neon flashing lights, explosions endangering workers and first responders, and bandits enticed by stockpiles of cash.

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Morgan, Latvala test waters in governor’s race

TALLAHASSEE | Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray.

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Gov. Scott requests money to raise pay for prison, probation officers

TALLAHASSEE | Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to spend $45 million to boost salaries of corrections and probation workers, with the aim of cutting down on overtime expenses and increasing safety in the state’s troubled prison system.

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Settlement reached in birth certificates dispute

TALLAHASSEE | Two years after gay marriages became legal in Florida, the state has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over birth certificates issued to children born into same-sex marriages.

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State wants judge to reconsider gambling ruling

TALLAHASSEE | The state this week asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision that Florida violated a $1 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

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Abortion law faces another court challenge

TALLAHASSEE | Citing First Amendment and privacy rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a federal lawsuit challenging part of a sweeping abortion law that has already had other provisions blocked by a judge.

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Federal judge questions state on card games

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Thursday appeared skeptical of the state’s defense of how gambling regulators handled controversial “... Read more

Judge rules against gambling regulators

TALLAHASSEE — Florida gambling overseers were wrong to do away with a rule governing controversial “designated player” card games at pari-... Read more

Push continues for Florida lethal injection details

TALLAHASSEE — Lawyers representing Arizona Death Row inmates aren’t backing down from a battle with... Read more

Ruling clears way for another pot grower

TALLAHASSEE — An administrative law judge paved the way for another nursery to get a medical-marijuana license, striking a blow against the... Read more

Local regulations 'mixed bag' for pot dispensaries

TALLAHASSEE — As pot shops start to sprout in Florida, cities are struggling with how — or whether — to regulate the state’s new... Read more

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