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Legislature passes anti-terrorism bill

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A bill that would create new criminal offenses to combat terrorism is heading to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate unanimously passed the bill Friday that would create five new criminal offenses for people who work with terrorist groups or commit acts of terrorism. The House passed it unanimously last week. Acts of terrorism themselves would be a new first-degree felony offense under state law. Another new offense would make it a first-degree felony to use “military-type training” provided by…

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Rick Scott wants to hire counterterrorism agents

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Vowing to do everything he can to prevent another terrorist attack like the June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre, Gov. Rick Scott pushed for nearly $6 million to create a new counter-terrorism and law enforcement intelligence task force in Florida. “Terror, like we saw in the attack on the Pulse nightclub, is a threat to our state, our nation and each of us,” Scott said in announcing the proposal at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center Wednesday. “We need…

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John Mica congressional hearing on Orlando’s lost federal anti-terrorism money aims some blame at Congress

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Whose fault was it that Orlando did not qualify for federal funding to shore up anti-terrorism efforts the past few years? U.S. Rep. John Mica called a congressional hearing Friday to see, and several officials concluded it is at least partly because of Congress. Mica was not entirely convinced and countered with several reasons why he is convinced the federal Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security should have done more to provide funding to Orlando for…

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