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Guns bills move forward in early committee action

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In its first meeting in preparation of the 2016 regular legislative Session, a Senate committee pulled the trigger on two bills to alter Florida’s state gun statutes on Wednesday. On a so-called “campus carry” bill to allow concealed weapons into higher education facilities, a House panel shortly followed suit. First up was SB 130 sponsored by Sen. Garrett Richter, essentially this year’s version of Democrat Rep. Darryl Rouson‘s bill from last year to prevent residents of densely populated neighborhoods from…

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Gun bills move forward in early committee action

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In its first committee meeting in advance of the 2016 Legislative Session, a Senate committee pulled the trigger on two bills to alter Florida’s state gun statutes on Wednesday. First up was SB 130 sponsored by state Sen. Garrett Richter, essentially this year’s version of Democratic state Rep. Darryl Rouson‘s bill from last year to prevent residents of densely populated neighborhoods from discharging their guns at homemade gun ranges. The bill faced some opposition from gun rights groups last year but National…

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri writes letter in support of open-bid for upgraded LEO radio system

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As the Florida Legislature grapples with finalizing a budget, there is another funding debate happening besides just the future of indigent health care in the state. Lawmakers have proposed $1 million to open a competitive bid process next year for the state’s Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS). Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott last week supporting moving forward with the bid process. Since mid-2000s agencies, including PCSO, have upgraded to the “next generation technology,”…

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Senate passes ‘Waldo bill’ banning traffic ticket quotas

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Traffic ticket quotas for law enforcement agencies would be illegal under a bill passed by the Florida Senate. The so-called “Waldo Bill” (SB 264) passed unanimously with no debate Wednesday. It must still pass the House and be approved by the governor to become law. The bill’s nickname comes from the city of Waldo on heavily traveled U.S. 301, once considered one of the nation’s worst speed traps. In 2014, Waldo police officers disclosed a quota system, and the Gainesville…

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Pinellas County Housing Authority declares legal war on St. Pete Housing Authority, requesting SA & AG to investigate violations of public records law

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The Pinellas County Housing Authority is asking the State Attorney’s office and the Attorney General to investigate the St. Petersburg Housing Authority over the SPHA’s failure to comply with a public records request. That may sound like just another bureaucratic turf war, but when one agency asks law enforcement to investigate another agency, especially in light of the acrimonious nature of the relationship between the two housing authorities, this legal action is nothing short of declaring war. Below and after…

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