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Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum in hearing on lobbyist gifts

Apr. 24, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists. The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor,...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies

Apr. 23, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House opened debate Tuesday on a hotly contested Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies aimed at shielding immigrants who are arrested. The GOP-dominated...

Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

Apr. 23, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting. Florida's highest court agreed that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as...

Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

Apr. 23, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday. The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland high...

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

The Latest: Trump expresses anger at Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's report and President Donald Trump (all times local): 3 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump played golf Friday with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and a couple of unidentified friends. Trump is spending the Easter weekend...

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

Apr. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats failed to strip language out of a Florida Senate school safety bill that would expand a law allowing some teachers to carry guns in school. They argued Wednesday that more guns in school could make them more dangerous. Senators spent nearly two hours debating proposed...

The Latest: Plane tickets, gun buy raised FBI's concerns

Apr. 17, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a woman believed to have posed a threat to schools in Colorado (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Authorities say a teenager who was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack raised suspicions after making...

Florida House OKs bill requiring parental abortion consent

Apr. 17, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would require consent from a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 could obtain an abortion passed the Florida House on Wednesday night after a lengthy debate and amid questions about its constitutionality. The Republican-led House voted 69-44 largely along...