Last week, Governor Rick Scott and the other members of the Florida Board of Executive Clemency voted unanimously to roll back rules that had made it easier for nonviolent felons to regain their voting and other civil rights upon completion of their sentences. Under the new requirements - which are among the strictest in the country - nonviolent offenders would have to wait five years upon their release from prison to even apply for the chance to have their rights restored without a hearing.
Moving with extraordinary speed, the Florida Legislature took just
two hours Tuesday to reject Gov. Charlie Crist's proposal to give
voters the chance to amend the state Constitution and ban offshore oil
In a brief special session, Republicans carried out a
plan to block Crist from scoring political points by leading the charge
for what they see as a symbolic ban on near-shore drilling, something
already barred by state law.
Florida Republican leaders have begun crafting anti-illegal-immigrant
legislation modeled after an Arizona law that has incited widespread
protests and fueled national and international debate over U.S.
Under the proposed bill, police would have
broad power under state law to ask suspects for proof of legal
residency, said Rep. William Snyder, a Republican from Stuart who plans
to introduce the legislation in November.