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Legislature passes cut in annual car fees

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Millions of Florida motorists will soon start paying less to register their cars each year – although the savings won’t materialize for many drivers until next year. The Florida Legislature on Thursday approved a $400 million cut in auto registration fees that was a top priority for Gov. Rick Scott this year. Most motorists in the state will save about $25 a year on registration fees, although the amount will vary based on the size and the weight of the…

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Warning-shot bill ready for final vote

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The Republican-controlled Florida House on Thursday is expected to pass the first significant revisions to the state’s self-defense laws since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Legislators are expected to vote for a bill that would let people fire warning shots and avoid the state’s strict mandatory minimum sentences for using a gun. The legislation was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander. The Jacksonville woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot at her…

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Fla. Dems file complaint alleging Gov. Rick Scott campaign broke fundraising law

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The head of the Florida Democratic Party contends that the campaign of Gov. Rick Scott is breaking the state’s campaign finance law. Allison Tant on Monday filed a complaint against both Gov. Rick Scott and his political committee Let’s Get to Work. The complaint maintains that the campaign broke the law when the Scott campaign transferred $27 million from one type of campaignaccount to another earlier this month. If the governor’s campaign were found to have violated the law, it could be subject…

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Gov. Scott to back in-state tuition for some immigrants

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Gov. Rick Scott, who urged a crackdown on immigration four years ago, is throwing his support behind a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally. But Scott is supporting the idea as long as it is combined with his own proposal to place limits on how much state universities can raise tuition each year. The Republican governor said Wednesday that he supports a bill sponsored by…

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What happened to the $500K contribution from Florida Crystals to “Let’s Get To Work”?

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here’s a bit of a $500,000 mystery associated with the re-election campaign of Gov. Rick Scott. That’s how much money Florida Crystals, a leading sugar producer founded by one of the state’s politically prominent families, was reported to have given a political organization set up to help the campaign of the Republican incumbent. The half-million-dollar check to the organization called Let’s Get to Work was one of the largest the group reported receiving last year. But state records no longer…

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