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The unconstitutional burden of voter registration deadlines

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Floridians now have an extra week to register to vote. The State of Florida, according to a federal judge, has set up “unconstitutional” firm deadlines for voter registration, which must be remedied. The offending statute is 97.055 Florida Statutes that says voter registration “must be closed on the 29th day before each election and must remain closed until after that election.” (emphasis added) In this matter, the 29th day was Oct. 11. In a shrewd move, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) sought…

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Matt Gaetz files ‘open carry’ gun bill

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz is leading the latest attempt to pass an “open carry” gun law in Florida. The Shalimar Republican filed HB 163 on Monday; in part, the bill would allow a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon to “also openly carry such firearm or weapon.” In a Facebook post in July, Gaetz – who is seeking the Senate seat held by his father, former Senate President Don Gaetz – called Florida “an outlier” in prohibiting…

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While lawmakers starve DOC budget, probationers still pay for supervision

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New documents reveal a legislative attack on a trust fund intended to pay for corrections officer training and equipment, which intensified already aggravated under-funding of the Department of Corrections. The situation has now led to dangerous failures in felon supervision, reports Noah Pransky of WTSP News. In 2004, lawmakers closed the trust fund, although the State of Florida continued collecting millions of dollars from probationers over the last 10 years. As the money went to the general revenue fund, the DOC…

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