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‘Safety valve’ wanted for mandatory-minimum drug law

Published on: March 23, 2017
THUMBS UP: Miami Beach voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot question.

Senators get up to speed on medical marijuana sticking points

Published on: March 23, 2017
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Lawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting occupational licensing red-tape

Published on: March 22, 2017
SEEING GREEN: Since 2010, at least two Kansas police departments have seen a sudden spike in revenues because of the state's taxation laws on illegal narcotics. From 2010 to 2012, almost 60 percent of all drug incidents involved marijuana, according to statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Joint ventures: Money fuels medical marijuana debate

Published on: March 21, 2017

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Institute for JusticeFIRST AMENDMENT: Mary Lou Wesselhoeft, owner of the Ocheesee Creamery, was told by state regulators that she must inject additives into her all-natural skim milk or call it "imitation milk."

Federal appeals court sides with small dairy farm against state regulators

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Ocheesee Creamery can now call its skim milk exactly what it is -- skim milk -- says the 11th Circuit.
Published on: March 22, 2017

Unsung Hero: Retired Air Force captain uses social media to hold city officials accountable

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Burnie Thompson is building a new model of accountability using social media to ruffle the feathers of the political the establishment in the Florida panhandle.
Published on: March 20, 2017
EYEBALL WARS: Optometrist and ophthalmologists disagree on a bill in the Florida House of Representatives.

Eyeball wars reopen in Florida legislature

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A proposal that would expand access to eyecare for patients has practitioners at odds.
Published on: March 16, 2017
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Sunshine Week: First Amendment Foundation goes to bat for Florida’s right to know

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Sunshine Week: The First Amendment Foundation has been busy at the Florida Capitol battling to ensure the public’s right to know.
Published on: March 15, 2017
Shutterstock ImageRADIO MAKING WAVES: Radio broadcasts were an effective way for the West to fight against Communism.

South Florida NPR station staves off takeover by school board

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A long-term partnership between Miami-Dade schools and the local NPR affiliate has been rocked by missteps on both sides.
Published on: March 14, 2017
SEEING GREEN: Pot producers are excited about Oregon's new recreational marijuana market, but some leaders say state regulations are severely restricting production and leading to lost tax revenue and a thriving black market.

Medical marijuana expansion would be limited under new proposal

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Florida's Amendment 2 voters are likely to be unhappy with a new bill House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues.
Published on: March 10, 2017
TAKE THE BLUE PILL - OR DON'T: Medicare Part D covered more than 344,000 prescriptions in 10 states in 2009 from individuals without authority to prescribe.

Florida among several states confronting drug formulary questions

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Outrage about drug prices directed at pharmaceutical companies is often misplaced. PBMs should be getting more attention.
Published on: March 8, 2017
.BURSTING: A prison reform expert says only Alabama's prisons are more crowded than Nebraska's.

Criminal justice reform coalition takes case to lawmakers

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Florida’s population has tripled since 1970, while the state's prison population has grown by 1,000 percent.
Published on: March 7, 2017
Photo Courtesy Pixabay.comFAIR FUNDING: School choice advocates hope that 2016 will be the year charter and traditional schools receive equal funding.

Q&A: Basis.ed CEO Bezanson on Florida’s charter outlook

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BASIS.ed CEO Peter Bezanson says the Sunshine State's charter environment just needs a few tweaks.
Published on: March 6, 2017

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Wikimedia CommonsNEIL GORSUCH: President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee has publicly addressed the explosion of criminal justice laws.

SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch and ‘over-criminalization’

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Predictably, President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee sparked controversy. But one area of potential bipartisan support is criminal justice reform.
Published on: February 3, 2017
Institute for JusticeFIRST AMENDMENT: Mary Lou Wesselhoeft, owner of the Ocheesee Creamery, was told by state regulators that she must inject additives into her all-natural skim milk or call it "imitation milk."

Small dairy farmer seeks First Amendment protection from state regulators

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Five years ago, the Florida Department of Agriculture turned its regulatory power on a small third-generation dairy farm in Calhoun County, population 14,462.
Published on: February 1, 2017
Watchdog photo/William PatrickRON CLARK, the Winter Haven pastor said he wouldn't have been able to serve in the military or as school board member if he had been arrested for a petty crime like some in his congregation.

Reverends, priests and pastors show support for juvenile civil citation reform

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Lawmakers vying to make civil citations mandatory for first-time misdemeanor offenders under the age of 18, received some added support at the Florida Capitol last week. Pastors, reverends and priests representing churches from around the state stood alongside Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, as she spoke to reporters about her “second chance” juvenile justice reform bill. […]
Published on: January 30, 2017

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Lawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting occupational licensing red-tape

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Ocheesee Creamery can now call its skim milk exactly what it is — skim milk — says the 11th Circuit.

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