Florida House, Senate Start Work On Criminal Justice Budget Proposals

WFSU Click Here to Read Online About $5 million separates the Florida House and Senate’s criminal justice budget. But, while there are some differences, there are areas where both chambers agree. The Senate’s budget proposal is just over $4.6 billion. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) chairs the Senate Budget committee …

Harsh drug trafficking sentences may get major overhaul in Florida

News Channel 8 Click Here to Read Online TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Going back to the days of reputed drug traffickers like Pablo Escobar, the Medellin Cartel and former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, Florida’s drug trafficking laws – and their stiff minimum mandatory prison sentences – have been viewed as …

Dental Therapists Can Soothe Florida’s Dental Shortage Pains

Sun Sentinel Click Here to Read Online Florida is facing an oral care crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 5.5 million Floridians, over one quarter of the state’s population, reside in 232 communities designated as “Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Areas” (HPSAs). From …

Fight Club: Audit documents Florida juvenile justice failures

Miami Herald Click Here to Read Online Florida juvenile justice administrators sometimes fail to report the deficiencies of their privately run youth programs, and don’t always ensure breakdowns are corrected even when they are documented, says a new report by the state’s Auditor General. The state’s top government auditor reviewed …

Florida’s harsh driver’s license suspensions draw Senate scrutiny

The Buzz Click Here to Read Online Chasing a national trend, the Florida Legislature is rethinking its long history of punitive laws that punish drivers for many offenses not related to driving. The Senate Transportation Committee Thursday approved a bill (SB 1270) that would in many cases end practices that …

Jeff Brandes on Sessions’ marijuana reversal: “Wrong direction”

Creative Loafing Click Here to Read Online On the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that his office plans to reverse an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legal marijuana in many states, some Republicans, like U.S. Senator from Colorado Cory Gardner, are calling the new policy out …