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Law enforcement officers in Florida can take money or property from a person if they believe it’s related to criminal activity. This includes cash or vehicles acquired during drug deals. It’s called civil-asset forfeiture. But advocates say some officers take advantage of this state law. One Republican state lawmaker wants to change it.

Senator Files DUI Test Refusal Bill

Dec 29, 2015
Jeffrey Smith

Drunk driving might come with bigger repercussions if a bill filed Monday goes through the Florida Legislature. A Republican senator is seeking to toughen laws for drivers who refuse to take DUI tests.

Some Florida lawmakers are looking to fix what they call an outdated law related to saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools.

'Stand Your Ground' Bill Still Moving In Senate

Dec 1, 2015

Despite appearing to die in the House, a proposal that would change the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases is slated to go to the Senate Rules Committee this week.

Ban the Box

Nov 18, 2015
Flazingo Photos

Should employers be able to ask job seekers if they have a criminal record early on in the application process?  That’s the fundamental question behind the “ban the box” movement that’s been gaining momentum in recent years.  The name of the movement refers to the box that job applicants are required to check on an application if they have a criminal record.  

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