Florida could provide option for traffic ticket discounts

WESH 2 Click Here to Read Online Florida drivers could soon get an 18 percent discount on their traffic tickets if they take a driver improvement course. A Senate committee approved the bill Thursday. It would apply to non-criminal traffic infractions. Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes said his bill would restore …

With hundreds dying from the flu, lawmakers choose inaction

Florida Politics Click Here to Read Online Facing of one of the deadliest flu epidemics in the history of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, a Senate committee temporarily postponed a measure which would give Floridians greater access to antiviral medication, critical in the treatment of the flu and …

Report Highlights Suggestions For Florida Prison Reform

WUSF Click Here to Read Online A new report paid for and released by the Florida Senate finds that while the state is sending fewer people to prison than in the past, those who end up behind bars are staying there for a longer time. The study from the Crime …

Report: If Lawmakers Don’t Do Anything, Fla. Prison Population Will Increase

WFSU Click Here to Read Online If Florida lawmakers don’t do anything policy wise soon, the state’s prison population could increase. That’s according to a report commissioned by the Florida Senate to promote the need for prison reform. The report is called “Data-Driven Solutions to Improve Florida’s Criminal Justice System.” …

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 …