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Ken Welch responds to backyard gun range bill signing

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Late last week Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that bans informal backyard shooting ranges. Specifically, guns can’t be fired in a residential area, i.e., one residential unit per acre. Doing so would be a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. While the law bans “target shooting or celebratory shooting,” residents would still be allowed to fire a weapon in self-defense. A similar measure failed last year after the issue because highly…

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Rick Kriseman lays out 2016 legislative priorities

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was first up at a Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday to lay out his list of priorities for the legislative session next year. Two of his proposals are repeat asks from last year that were not approved. That includes funding for a Bus Rapid Transit pilot program that would create an express bus route connecting downtown St. Pete to the beaches along First Avenues North and South. Powerhouse State Senator Jack Latvala left a…

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