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When a jury orders a Florida government to pay a victim more than $200,000, the Florida Legislature has to approve the payout. The Florida Legislature meets next year, and they will have to decide on 21 relief bills.

Statewide, 21 victims are asking lawmakers to approve settlements worth more than $43.6 million dollars.

New Laws Kick In For 2017

Jan 3, 2017
Fredd Thompson

New laws kicked in yesterday, and two of them are geared toward prescription drugs. A third law allows banks to designate one location in Florida where lawsuits can be served. The Florida Legislature wants to make it easier for doctors to prescribe opioids designed to prevent abuse.

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Among the early bills already being filed for Florida’s 2017 legislative session is a measure from Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, that would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who commit violent crimes. Supporters say the measure sends a message to federal immigration authorities and would increase public safety. Opponents question its constitutionality. 

Raihan Rana

Possessing small amounts of marijuana could soon be decriminalized in almost all of the Florida Keys.

Post-Election Anxiety

Nov 16, 2016
Guests (from left): Martha Bireda, Dorris Cortese, Mohammad Al-Darsani, Leonardo Garcia, incoming Gulf Coast Live host Julie Glenn, Alex Pilkington, Arlene Goldberg, Carmen S. Salome, Emma Bansley, Gulf Coast Live host John Davis.
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The election of Donald Trump represents unknown territory in American politics. After a vitriolic campaign the Republican nominee was swept into office in what has been called one of the biggest political upsets in American history.