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Report: Randolph Bracy considering 2018 U.S. Senate bid

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Sen. Randolph Bracy could be eyeing higher office. The Florida Times-Union reported Thursday that Bracy is considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2018. If he decides to jump into the race, Bracy would face sitting U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in a Democratic primary. “I’m considering it; I’ll leave it there,” he told the paper. First elected to the Florida House in 2012, Bracy won his Senate District 11 seat in November. The 39-year-old serves as the chairman of the…

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Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty in Florida advances

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Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill (SB 7068) that would revise Florida’s sentencing process for the death penalty. The Legislature is tasked with rewriting how to sentence someone to death after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the current method unconstitutional. In an 8-1 ruling last month in Hurst vs.…

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Maria Sachs files amendment to campus carry bill

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State Sen. Maria Sachs has filed an amendment to this year’s “campus carry” legislation that would allow each public college and university to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on campuses. Sachs, a Delray Beach Democrat, submitted the change Monday to the bill (SB 68). The legislation as currently written would delete the current blanket prohibition on concealed weapons being carried into “any college or university facility.” Gun-rights advocates, such as the National Rifle Association, have joined with legislative Republicans to…

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Self-defense enhancement bill gets Senate companion

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State Sen. Rob Bradley stepped forward on Wednesday and sponsored the Senate companion bill to a proposal by state Rep. Dennis Baxley, father of the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Bradley — an Orange Park Republican and former state prosecutor — lent his name to Baxley’s cause of tweaking state law to boost the legal standing of defendants who claim they acted in self-defense while using or threatening to use deadly force in a dispute. The identical proposals — HB 169…

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