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Two new laws added to state’s books

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A new year brings two new laws to Florida’s statute books. Bills passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor often go into effect immediately or on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Some, however, go into effect the first day of the next calendar year. This year, only two measures meet that criteria. The first (HB 369) requires “human trafficking public awareness signs” to be posted at certain locations, including “every rest area, turnpike service plaza,…

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Diane Roberts: Charm and grace again flow downhill from Capitol

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Another Special Session! Why, it’s just like Christmas – minus the joy. Minus the presents, too. While the members of the Florida Legislature rake in lobbyist largesse during committee weeks and every other hour that God sends, trawling for dollars during a Session is verboten. This makes them surly. Surlier. They aren’t exactly enjoying being forced to revisit redistricting for about the 400th time since the spring. No one expects the Special Session, which is supposed to…

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A proponent of sin taxes, Matt Gaetz nabs checks from South Florida strip clubs

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Politicians frequently humble-brag about campaign contributions, invoking “grassroots support” or furiously beating chests over the lack of special interest cash. Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is seeking the Northwest Florida Senate district currently held by his father, Don Gaetz, took in two donations earlier this year that certainly could be seen as “interesting.” Both are raising questions, if not eyebrows (and a few g-strings). According to the state Division of Elections, Gaetz received the checks — on the same day —  from businesses operating…

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Models sue West Palm Beach strip club, say club ads use their images

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Nine models are suing a company that owns strip clubs in South Florida, saying they didn’t authorize their images for use in club advertisements. In a lawsuit filed last week in West Palm Beach, the women say they never worked for the Cheetah Gentlemen’s Clubs and their photos were misappropriated. They are seeking an injunction to stop the clubs from using their photos, along with unspecified damages. The lawsuit says the women live in Los Angeles and have successful modeling…

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