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After Las Vegas, Chris King condemns inaction on gun laws, calls for action

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King responded to the Las Vegas massacre by lashing out at “Florida’s one-party government” for not pursuing gun law changes after the Pulse nightclub massacre, saying it is time for action.

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PPP poll: Florida voters want gun background checks, no-fly no-buy

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A new poll says that Floridians want stronger background checks and no-fly, no-buy restrictions for guns — and feel strongly enough about it to vote that way. Public Policy Polling said the results also say that making it harder for criminals to get guns is either a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue for them in the upcoming election. PPP surveyed both Florida and New Hampshire voters, measuring both gun issues and their potential impact on the U.S. Senate races…

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Two new laws added to state’s books

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A new year brings two new laws to Florida’s statute books. Bills passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor often go into effect immediately or on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Some, however, go into effect the first day of the next calendar year. This year, only two measures meet that criteria. The first (HB 369) requires “human trafficking public awareness signs” to be posted at certain locations, including “every rest area, turnpike service plaza,…

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Boys and Girls Clubs advocates cry foul over sexual predator remark

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In the tension-filled chambers of a Legislative Session’s final days words matter and poorly chosen ones can stress long-standing relationships. Supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Florida on Thursday pushed back on remarks Sen. Eleanor Sobel made after Wednesday’s meeting of the Children Families and Elder Affairs Committee. The committee had unanimously approved SB 250 that mandates level 2 background checks, a nationwide criminal search of fingerprints, for groups working with children. Afterward Sobel remarked there were numerous…

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