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Bill Signals Tort Reform Return

Posted: 12/02/2010 - A Senate bill filed this week to expand protections for automakers and other manufacturers marks the beginning of what is likely to be a renewed battle between the Republican Legislature and trial lawyers over the balance between individual responsibility and protection of the rights of the wronged to be compensated.

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Gulf Drilling Dealt Another Blow as Session Approaches

Posted: 12/02/2010 - Once seen as a done deal, expanded off-shore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico may have been made even less likely Wednesday by a White House decision not to allow any new oil drilling in federal waters the eastern Gulf.

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After Blasting Obama, Scott Faces His Own Red Ink

Posted: 12/02/2010 - Republican Rick Scott got plenty of political mileage during the governor’s race ridiculing the Obama administration for running up the federal deficit, but now the governor-elect faces his own tide of red ink.

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[UPDATE] Smith Appears to Have Votes to be Dem Chair

Updated: 12/02/2010 - Several top Democrats said Wednesday, Dec. 1, that Rod Smith has the votes sewn up to be the beleaguered party’s next state chairman, though Smith said he wasn’t claiming victory. Gillum statement added.

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Immigration Sponsor Vying for Hispanic Backing

Posted: 12/02/2010 - The lawmaker spearheading an effort to pass an Arizona-style immigration law in Florida is trying to get the state’s Hispanic community on board with his plans in an attempt to dispel fears that the measure will lead to flagrant racial profiling.

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Ring Proposes Changes to Judge Eligibility

Posted: 12/01/2010 - The new chair of the Senate’s government accountability committee wants to change eligibility for circuit and county judicial candidates by requiring them to have been a lawyer for 10 years before they can run for judge.

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[UPDATE] Accident Slowing Traffic on Mahan

Updated: 12/01/2010 - Leon County Sheriff's Deputies say that there was a three car accident including an empty school bus around 6 o'clock this morning (12-1)at Mahan Drive and Edenfield Road.

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Rick Scott's Prison Budget Ideas

Updated: 12/01/2010 - In just over a month, Governor-Elect Rick Scott will take office. At the top of his agenda, a cost-saving overhaul of Florida's prison system. Reporter Troy Kinsey takes us inside a plan critics are already attacking as a threat to public safety

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Leon County Holds Open House Meeting on Drainage Improvements

Posted: 11/30/2010 - Members of the community are invited to participate an open-house public meeting regarding drainage improvements to the Sugar Mill, Sedgefield and Lafayette Meadows area, which will be held on Thursday, December 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buck Lake Elementary School Cafeteria.

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Senator Releases Immigration Proposal

Posted: 11/30/2010 - The first crack at an Arizona-style immigration overhaul has been filed in the Florida Senate, with a proposal that would let law enforcement officers ask suspected illegal aliens to prove their immigration status and could penalize some legal immigrants who aren’t carrying proper documentation.

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Public Gets First Look at 'Taj Mahal'

Updated: 12/01/2010 - The public is getting its first sneak peak inside an elaborate new court house that has been dubbed the “Taj Mahal” by lawmakers and writers alike. But some of the most opulent areas are off limits for pictures.

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[UPDATE] Property Insurance Rates

Updated: 12/01/2010 - Today (11-30) marks the end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and another year without a hurricane hitting Florida. It’s been five hurricane-free years now, so what does this mean for property insurance rate?

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Two Prison Guards Charged in Florida Inmate Collapse

Posted: 11/30/2010 - Two north Florida state prison guards are facing felony charges in the collapse of an inmate allegedly ordered to exercise in 86-degree weather without adequate water breaks.

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