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House tees up bill to stop “sanctuary” cities

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The House advanced a controversial proposal designed to stop Florida cities and counties from shielding undocumented immigrants from federal immigration laws. HB 675 by Rep. Larry Metz would create potential penalties and fines for local governments that don’t comply with detainers from the Immigration and Customs Service, or otherwise fail to act when they suspect illegal aliens are intentionally harbored in Florida. Metz said the bill means municipalities simply must follow federal law, though Democratic opponents peppered Metz with questions about the existence of…

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56 bills waiting for Rick Scott to sign, veto or become law without signature

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Gov. Rick Scott has a Wednesday deadline to either act on nearly 60 bills or allow them to become law without his signature. The 56 bills awaiting Scott’s signature or veto include a contentious measure that requires a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions and a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to try experimental treatments. Scott must also act on a series of reforms for the Florida Public Service Commission that arose out of frustrations with Duke Energy…

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State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

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State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public. Their stated motive: preserving the privacy of people being videotaped, and saving considerable time and money that would need…

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