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Legislators Want to Split Florida Courts

The Florida Supreme Court may be split into two entities under legislation being proposed during the 2011 Session. The decision has called much attention to the state Supreme Court. House Joint Resolution 7111 sponsored by Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando), would split the state Supreme Court into different branches: one to […]

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Lawmakers Consider Bills to Relax Gun Rules

Laws that could change Florida’s gun laws are being considered in the 2011 Legislative Session.   Senate Bill 234 and the complementary House Bill 517 would allow citizens with concealed gun licenses to carry them openly.   SB 234 would allow gun-licensed individuals to possess guns inside elementary and secondary […]

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Senate Slashes $1B from Health Budget

The Senate has made a proposal to cut a total of $1 billion from Florida’s Health and Human Services programs. The cuts are expected to hurt hospitals and leave many people in the community without necessary funds for health care. This proposal will cut a slew funding from core programs […]

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Protesters ‘Fight Back’ against Controversial Bills

A small crowd gathered in Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee on Friday evening, rallying against some controversial bills being considered during the 2011 Legislative Session. The rally, “Fight Back Florida,” was realized after its organizers shunned proposed state legislation that they believe is an attack on the working class, students […]

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Gov. Rick Scott Names Three to FAMU’s Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Scott recently appointed three persons to Florida A & M University’s board of trustees, according to a press statement from his office. The government announced Wednesday that Kelvin L. Lawson, 47, Rufus N. Montgomery Jr., 39, and Belinda R. Shannon, 50, would serve on the board from their […]

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Gov. Scott Mandates Drug Tests for State Workers

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott issued a controversial drug test mandate for new state hires while existing state employees will be randomly tested. This comes after Sen. Paula Dockery R-Lakeland introduced a bill requiring all cash assistance welfare recipients over 18 to pass drug tests. Officials say it could affect […]

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Gov. Scott Appoints Surgeon Gen. and Top Health Executive for Florida

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott named Florida’s new surgeon general and the secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration. Dr. Frank Farmer, 69, will serve as the Florida Surgeon General, which is also the secretary for the state Department of Health. He works in Ormond Beach as an internist […]

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FAMU and FSU co-host second annual ‘State of the Student’ Summit

Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU) are co-hosting the second annual State of the Student Summit scheduled for Sunday, March 27, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin,  former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, environmental activist Van Jones, Executive Director of Communications […]

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Chelsea Earby Loses Bid for Miss FAMU Recount

Miss Florida A&M University candidate Chelsea Earby was denied a trial for a recount after her letter addressed to the electoral commissioner explained her concerns with ballot tampering, and poor supervision over the voting precincts. A memo from the Student Supreme Court stated “We, the Student Supreme Court find that […]

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Lawmakers Pull Golf Bills after Outcry

Legislators have withdrawn Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail of Florida bills after an outcry from residents.   On March 4, Rep. Pat Rooney (R-Palm Beach Gardens) and Sen. John Thrasher (R-Jacksonville) filed similar bills to both the House and Senate calling for golf courses to be built in five state parks, […]