Government

SCOTT SEEKS MONEY TO BATTLE TERRORISM

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 4, 2017.......... Gov. Rick Scott is backing a request from state law-enforcement officials to set up anti-terrorism squads across Florida.

Scott will include in his 2017-2018 budget proposal a $5.8 million request for counterterrorism efforts by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he announced Wednesday during a news conference in Orlando.

State lawmakers, faced with a tightening fiscal outlook, will craft the budget during the 60-day legislative session that begins March 7. The 2017-2018 budget year starts July 1.

Efforts underway to reopen historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

Historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

An interesting item that came before the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Committee on December 12th, was the rezoning of a .16 acre portion of a 1 acre lot from Agriculture to PDP/NC (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is in the eastern portion of Hernando County in an area called Richloam. It's a few thousand feet south of Cortez Blvd on Richloam Clay Sink Rd.

CRASHES UP AT RED-LIGHT CAMERA INTERSECTIONS

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Red light camera at Cortez and Cobb Rd.  The Brooksville Red Light Camera Program ended Oct. 31, 2016, with the expiration of the Sensys Contract.

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 5, 2017.......... As Florida lawmakers prepare to renew their debate over red-light cameras, a new report from state highway officials shows an increase in vehicle collisions at intersections with the traffic-control devices.

In a survey of 148 intersections in 28 cities and counties across the state, total crashes were up 10.14 percent when comparing data before the cameras were installed and after they were in place, according to the Dec. 31 report from the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

PENSION FUND PROJECTIONS COULD BE TOO ROSY

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 4, 2017.......... While Florida has a financially healthy state pension fund, a new report from the Department of Management Services warns the $144 billion system is relying on a projected investment return that independent financial consultants say is too optimistic.

State analysts lowered the projected rate of return to 7.6 percent in October, down from 7.65 percent.

'BIZARRE' COURT ACTION ADDS TO DEATH PENALTY CONFUSION

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 4, 2017.......... In a highly unusual move that heightened confusion in an already-murky legal arena, the Florida Supreme Court quickly rescinded an order Wednesday that would have barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in capital cases.

The release of the order --- a mistake, according to a court spokesman --- and its almost immediate retraction further muddled Florida's embattled death penalty, on hold for nearly a year following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last January.

New law lets government fight propaganda with propaganda

After this year’s election, a topic which has seen a lot of coverage is “fake news.” There were some stories that were shared that sounded plausible to some, but were not true. There was other information that was provided that was true, but may have been obtained by foreign powers.

Some in Congress reacted to this and thus we have the Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill. The new law was built into the enormous $611 billion defense appropriations bill signed into law by President Obama on December 23, 2016.

Medical Marijuana Moratorium in City of Brooksville

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The Brooksville City Council held their first reading, and issued a second reading and approval for a later date, of a medical marijuana ordinance on Monday December 19.

The ordinance, known as Ordinance Number 869, states the need for a moratorium on the issuing of any permits and licenses for the growth, distribution and sale of medical cannabis. The ordinance was presented by the assistant city attorney Cliff Taylor, and it called for the moratorium to be in effect for one year.

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