Legislation

More bills are now awaiting Governor Rick Scott’s approval. It includes a measure aimed at helping kids aging out of foster care with developmental disabilities.

Florida officials are predicting that a strain of low-potency marijuana should finally be available for medical purposes later this year.

Legislators in 2014 voted to legalize a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte's Web to treat epilepsy and cancer patients.

But there have been disputes over rules drawn up by the Department of Health to implement the law.

An administrative law judge on Wednesday threw out the latest challenge to those rules.

Film Industry Leaders Push For Incentives

May 26, 2015
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Film industry leaders are making another push to get an incentives deal through the Florida legislature. They’re banking on its inclusion in a tax package when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a special session next week.

Film incentives bills - designed to lure production to Florida - died in the House and Senate when the regular session ended early. But Representative Mike Miller, who sponsored the House Bill, says there’s still hope.

“What is still alive is the incentives program through the tax package that has been presented in the call by the speaker of the house and the senate president”, said Miller.

Miller says the current incentives program - which ran out of money - would be extended by one year. He says lawmakers first have to settle major issues like healthcare.

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Florida Atlantic University professor Daniel Raviv has a solution for drivers who can’t stop texting. He’s created a program that can block the texting capability of a phone that is located near the driver’s seat of a moving vehicle. The program, still in development, would also prevent the driver’s phone from receiving text messages if the car is moving above a designated speed.

Among the more than 40 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday is a measure building on past child welfare reforms.

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