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Workers’ comp drops off legislative map

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Crisis, what crisis? Just a year after dire predictions that the state’s economy was in peril due to rising insurance costs, Florida businesses could see an average 9.3 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year under a rate filing Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will consider later this month.

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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman endorses Gina Driscoll for City Council

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Except for Ed Montanari, the eight-person St. Pete City Council is made up of Democrats. So, it’s not unusual that most of them back fellow Democrat Gina Driscoll in her race against Republican Justin Bean for the St. Pete City Council District 6 race.

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Broward nursing home expands lawsuit against state

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A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma.

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Democratic lawmakers file bill restricting guns for ‘at-risk’ individuals

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Following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history earlier this week in Las Vegas, two Florida lawmakers announced legislation designed to temporarily prevent access to firearms for individuals at a high risk of harming themselves or others. The bill (HB 231), filed Thursday by Jacksonville Sen. Audrey Gibson and Lantana Rep. Lori Berman – both Democrats –would allow family, household members, and law enforcement to obtain a court order with “demonstrated evidence” the person poses a significant danger to themselves or others, including…

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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

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The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.

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Vern Buchanan indicates preliminary support for restricting ‘bump stocks’

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In the wake of Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas where nearly 60 people died, Florida Republicans are indicating they will support a gun-control measure. South Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said he will introduce a measure to prohibit bump stocks, a device that modified rifles to allow them to fire faster. Several of the 23 guns used by Stephen Paddock in his shooting spree were equipped with bump stocks. Sarasota area Republican Vern Buchanan indicated Thursday that he would support such legislation.…

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Joe Henderson: Actually, we should politicize tragedy

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Don’t politicize tragedy. That’s on page 1 in the standard response manual for how gun rights supporters respond to a mass murder like the one Sunday morning in Las Vegas. That’s where U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell turned when reporters asked if he might consider tougher controls on weapons now that 59 more people were dead.

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