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Rick Scott signs drone regulation bill

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved the Legislature’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act,” which gives the state authority to regulate “personal delivery devices (PDDs) and unmanned aircraft systems.” A “personal delivery device” is a machine for use on sidewalks, usually not traveling more than 10 miles per hour. Photo credit: Starship Technologies London-based Starship Technologies, for instance, makes a six-wheeled “self-driving delivery robot” that was starting to make deliveries in California and Washington, D.C. at the beginning of this year. “The bill authorizes, subject to local government regulation, the…

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House seeks to end controversial state employee charity program

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Florida lawmakers are looking to shut down a charitable program funded for decades by state employees. A bill to end the Florida State Employees’ Charitable Campaign comes after a yearslong slump due partly to a drop in participation and controversy surrounding its management, according to a new bill proposed by a House lawmaker and unanimously favored in committee Thursday. The bill, CS/HB 1141, is sponsored by Rep. Clay Yarborough through the House Government Accountability Committee. The measure would end the FSECC,…

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Final push for fundraising before 2017 Session kicks off

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Think of it as the last hurrah before the 2017 Legislative Session. Members of the House and Senate can’t raise money while the Legislature is session, putting a 60-day pause on fundraising each year. And while that may be good news for their most loyal contributors’ pocketbooks, it does mean you can expect a mad dash for last minute fundraising before clock starts on the 2017 Session. House Majority, the fundraising arm of House Republicans, has a bevy of fundraisers…

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Florida House leader Adam Hasner weighed in on Jacksonville Muslim professor’s nomination

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This is a must-read post from the Florida Times-Union’s Tia Mitchell: The Florida House majority leader, who has ties to the anti-radical Islam movement, called at least two Jacksonville City Council members to discuss the nomination of a Muslim professor to the city’s Human Rights Commission. Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, reached out to the council members before their April 13 meeting, when a vote on Parvez  Ahmed’s nomination was scheduled. The council voted 13-5 — including 11 of the…

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Florida House leader Adam Hasner weighed in on Jacksonville Muslim professor’s nomination

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This is a must-read post from the Florida Times-Union’s Tia Mitchell: The Florida House majority leader, who has ties to the anti-radical Islam movement, called at least two Jacksonville City Council members to discuss the nomination of a Muslim professor to the city’s Human Rights Commission. Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, reached out to the council members before their April 13 meeting, when a vote on Parvez  Ahmed’s nomination was scheduled. The council voted 13-5 — including 11 of the…

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Jacksonville city councilman quizzes commission nominees on gay marriage

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Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times Union reports that Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough asked a Jacksonville Human Rights Commission nominee about his views on same-sex marriage and his tenure on the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida’s board. Yarborough also asked the man and another nominee to disclose whether they support prayer in public buildings, the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on government seals and “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The questions came before the council’s…

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