Jim Saunders

10 big issues at mid-point of legislative session

Halfway through Florida’s 60-day legislative session, almost all major issues remain unresolved.

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House panel backs revamping trauma system

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state.

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Justices uphold ban on openly carrying guns

Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.

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Supreme Court backs insurer on PIP medical fees

TALLAHASSEE | In a defeat for medical providers, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Allstate Insurance Company in a dispute about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

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Lawmakers’ group backs fracking ban

TALLAHASSEE | Trying to end a debate about the possibility of fracking in Florida, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday backed a proposed ban on the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas.

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Cash pours into Scott, Putnam political committees

TALLAHASSEE | At least at this point, Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam haven’t announced plans to be on the ballot in 2018.

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State urges judge to reject abortion law challenge

TALLAHASSEE | With a federal judge poised to hear arguments, the state has fired back at a lawsuit that seeks to block part of a controversial abortion law approved last year by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.

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TALLAHASSEE | A divided South Florida appeals court Wednesday rejected a legal-dependency request from four undocumented-immigrant children who entered the United States after their parents died in El Salvador.

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Lawmakers taste how heated workers comp debate will be

TALLAHASSEE | The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.

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TALLAHASSEE | The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Death Row inmate’s appeal in the 4-decade-old murder of an Orlando car salesman — but Justice Stephen Breyer used the case to raise broader questions about the death penalty.

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State takes internet cafe case to Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE | Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case involving a prominent Jacksonville lawyer who was charged with racketeering and gambling-related crimes because of his ties to the internet cafe industry.

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Convictions upheld in FAMU death

TALLAHASSEE | Almost exactly five years after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion died of injuries suffered in a hazing incident after a game in Orlando, a state appeals court Friday upheld the manslaughter and hazing convictions of another former member of the school’s “Marching 100” band.

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Clinton up four points in Florida’s presidential race

TALLAHASSEE | With an edge among independent voters, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a four-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida’s high-stakes race, a new poll shows.

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Red-light camera refunds at issue

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has refused to block part of a class-action lawsuit that seeks to force Florida local governments to... Read more

Lawyers disbarred over 'shocking' DUI set-up

TALLAHASSEE — Describing the misconduct as “essentially unprecedented,” the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two attorneys... Read more

New poll shows Clinton leading in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — With Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton heading into their party conventions, polls this week gave... Read more

Florida Supreme Court justices eye constitutionality of malpractice caps

TALLAHASSEE — More than a dozen years after a fierce political fight about the state’s medical-malpractice laws, the Florida Supreme... Read more

Supreme Court clears way for Scott to appoint 3 judges

TALLAHASSEE — Though a majority of the justices expressed reservations, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday upheld the power of Gov.... Read more

Workers comp rates could jump after court ruling

TALLAHASSEE — After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney’s fees, workers-compensation... Read more

Poll: Clinton, Trump 'too close to call' in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — With voters sharply divided by gender, race and age, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are virtually... Read more

Hospital, insurer clash over payment information

TALLAHASSEE — In a battle between a major Jacksonville hospital and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, the Florida Supreme Court on... Read more

Thwarted judicial races spur supreme court challenges

TALLAHASSEE — In nearly identical cases from two parts of the state, the Florida Supreme Court could take up legal challenges aimed at... Read more

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a series of health-care bills, including a measure that supporters say will help shield... Read more

Battle over education system ready for ruling

TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge heard closing arguments Friday in a potentially far-reaching lawsuit that challenges whether... Read more

Workers comp fight could have high stakes

TALLAHASSEE — Nearly 13 years after lawmakers overhauled the state’s workers-compensation insurance system, the Florida Supreme Court is... Read more

Scott ready to take on action on a stack of bills

TALLAHASSEE — It’s time for Gov. Rick Scott to have his say.

During the next four days, Scott will take action on... Read more

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