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Claim bills filed for 2017 Legislative Session

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A brain-damaged Pasco County woman and a deceased Florida State football player are again the subjects of claim bills filed in the Florida Legislature. According to the Florida Senate website, 22 of the bills — also known as relief acts — were turned in on Monday. Under the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, Florida law limits local governments and other public bodies to paying no more than $200,000 per person in damages unless lawmakers approve extra money. But in recent years, as…

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Adam Putnam annpunces new Florida off-highway vehicle park

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the state’s newest off-road vehicle park in Santa Rosa County. An event celebrating the opening, attended by Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael and hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service, inaugurated Clear Creek Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park in the Blackwater River State Forest outside of the Panhandle town of Milton. State Forester Jim Karels, represented the department at the event. Carmichael, a native of Clearwater, is a leading figure in both Motocross…

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