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The 5 on 1: Five ‘most interesting’ laws taking effect July 1

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Saturday is not only the first day of the state’s budget year, it’s also when a host of new laws go into effect. Here’s a capsule look at five of the more notable statutes taking effect July 1: — Religious expression in schools.  This new law clarifies that public school students can’t be punished for praying at school or incorporating “religious materials” into their classwork. Currently, students can pray before or after instructional time outside of the class room, on…

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Free admission at Florida State Parks on Friday in honor of Veterans Day

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Take the day off and enjoy Florida’s parks. Gov. Rick Scott announced Florida State Parks will offer free admission at the state’s 174 state parks for all families and visitors Friday in honor of Veterans Day. “This Veterans Day, I encourage all Floridians to take a moment to recognize our many military heroes and thank them for their selfless service,” said Scott in a statement. “I also hope families and visitors will take this opportunity to visit the best state…

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Today on Context Florida: Voter laws, Florida State Parks, public service, Donald Trump and unintended consequences

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Today on Context Florida: The 2016 presidential election is increasingly on the mind of voters as moments from the televised debates, and primary results reverberate through the media. Beverlye C. Neal says the fight to protect the right to vote has also received lots of media attention because Florida and other states have seen election laws passed that make it harder for many voters to participate in the process. When faced with laws erecting barriers to the ballot, the federal courts…

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Email insights: DEP sets record straight on hunting, privatizing Florida State Parks

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Florida State Parks have come under fire recently, and the Department of Environmental Protection feels it’s time to “set the record straight.” A new DEP email takes exception with several recent media accounts, each inaccurately “perpetuated misconceptions” about the future of Florida State Parks. “As these stories are being driven by false allegations based on incomplete information that does not present a complete or accurate picture of the efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service,” the…

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Florida State Forest Service photo contest now open for submissions

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Capturing an image of the best in Sunshine State wildlife and nature can earn residents and visitors some appreciation — and prizes — in the latest Florida State Forest photo contest. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has called for submissions of photos taken at one of Florida’s forests for a competition held every quarter by the Florida State Forest Service. The agency’s photo contest encourages visitors to share images taken at one of more than three dozen Florida state forests. “Our 37…

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DEP’s Jon Steverson wants to cut down more trees and do it faster

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson told a Senate panel this week he wants to cut and sell more trees from state parks — and do it faster. Citing other states that have increased revenue from timber sales on state land, Steverson told senators he is working to make Florida’s state parks financially self-sustaining. “I want to do it better, I want to do it faster, I want to do it as quickly as I possibly can,” he…

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