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Greg Steube files illegal immigration criminalization measure

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Anyone ordered out of the country and later found in Florida could be charged with a crime under legislation filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate. The bill (SB 1358), sponsored by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube, would create a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison. The proposal would apply to anyone who “is denied admission to, is excluded, deported, or removed from, or who departs the United States while an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal is outstanding…

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Rick Scott signs into law overhaul of Florida death penalty

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a major overhaul of Florida’s death penalty on Monday in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring the previous system unconstitutional. The new law requires at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend execution for it to be carried out. Florida previously required that a majority of jurors recommend the death sentence. The law was found unconstitutional in January because jurors served an advisory role while judges had the final say in…

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Florida committee passes bill that aims to ban Syrian refugees

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined over two dozen other governors around the nation in saying he didn’t want any refugees fleeing war-torn Syria coming into his state. He also said that the federal government wasn’t providing him any information about who was coming in, or where they might being placed in the state. Jacksonville Republican Lake Ray‘s “Prevention of Acts of War” bill (HB 1095) would attempt to address that issue. The bill…

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