Pam Bondi http://wlrn.org en Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal http://wlrn.org/post/medical-pot-campaign-reaches-its-petition-signature-goal <p>Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:53:25 +0000 Maria Murriel & Rick Stone 26924 at http://wlrn.org Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal Do You Want To Vote On Dope? http://wlrn.org/post/do-you-want-vote-dope <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup: The Florida Supreme Court listens to arguments over allowing a public referendum on legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Florida.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Miami’s art party hits full force with a new museum.</span></p><p>Host Tom Hudson speaks with NPR’s Greg Allen, Dara Kam of the News Service of Florida, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News, and Patricia Mazzei of The Miami Herald.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 24733 at http://wlrn.org Do You Want To Vote On Dope? Florida Taxes Would Determine The True Cost Of Medical Marijuana http://wlrn.org/post/florida-taxes-would-determine-true-cost-medical-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Financial Impact Estimating Conference report concluded Monday that the cost of medical marijuana in Florida could not be determined due to uncertainty regarding taxation of the plant.</span></p><p>Although the Department of Health estimates&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the annual cost for Florida would be roughly $1 million, the FIEC report would be more-accurate if marijuana sales taxes were clear.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:26:06 +0000 Jordan Michael 23182 at http://wlrn.org Florida Taxes Would Determine The True Cost Of Medical Marijuana Legislative Leaders Join Attorney General In Fight Against Medical Marijuana http://wlrn.org/post/legislative-leaders-join-attorney-general-fight-against-medical-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative leaders are joining the fight against </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/qa-effort-make-medical-marijuana-legal-florida" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">an effort to get a medical marijuana proposal on the ballot </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">next year.</span></p><p>Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, say they will file a brief with the Florida Supreme Court opposing the initiative.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:11:44 +0000 Gina Jordan 22977 at http://wlrn.org Legislative Leaders Join Attorney General In Fight Against Medical Marijuana Why Florida Picks Fights With The U.S. http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-picks-fights-us <p></p><p>Florida’s top prosecutor wants to overturn a federal gun law and <a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/09/florida-joins-nra-lawsuit-against-federal-gun-restrictions.html" target="_blank">allow 18 year-olds to own handguns</a>. &nbsp;It’s just the latest example of the Sunshine State battling the federal government. &nbsp;It’s done it over health care, voting rights and now gun control. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:33:21 +0000 Elaine Chen 20174 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Picks Fights With The U.S. Florida Ranks Third In Human Trafficking But Can't Prosecute Many Cases http://wlrn.org/post/florida-ranks-third-human-trafficking-cant-prosecute-many-cases <p></p><p>Three children in Tampa were among 105 children rescued nationwide last month during a FBI sex trafficking sting operation.</p><p><a href="http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/july/operation-cross-country-recovering-victims-of-child-sex-trafficking/operation-cross-country-recovering-victims-of-child-sex-trafficking">“Operation Cross Country”</a> focused on underage victims of prostitution and led to more than 150 arrests.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 18979 at http://wlrn.org Florida Ranks Third In Human Trafficking But Can't Prosecute Many Cases Floridians Get More Money For Mortgage Assistance http://wlrn.org/post/floridians-get-more-money-mortgage-assistance <p>An additional $60 million in assistance from a <a href="http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/">national mortgage settlement</a> is now available to Floridians&nbsp;who&nbsp;lost their homes due to unfair foreclosure practices.</p><p><a href="http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/F40ED4E1DB2FFC0885257AF6006CA490">Attorney General Pam Bondi announced how the money will be used.</a></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 8352 at http://wlrn.org Floridians Get More Money For Mortgage Assistance Mortgage Companies Give Florida $3.6 Billion For Bad Deals http://wlrn.org/post/mortgage-companies-give-florida-36-billion-bad-deals <p>Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi&nbsp;announced that five of the country's biggest mortgage companies are forking over $3.6 billion dollars for "foreclosure abuses and unacceptable mortgage servicing&nbsp;practices," which spurred the state's foreclosure crisis.</p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 4985 at http://wlrn.org Mortgage Companies Give Florida $3.6 Billion For Bad Deals ProPublica: State Lawmakers Are Holding Up $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners http://wlrn.org/post/propublica-state-lawmakers-are-holding-300-million-meant-help-homeowners <p>ProPublica&nbsp;reports that $300 million awarded to Florida through a settlement over bad mortgages and foreclosures remains untouched.&nbsp;</p><p>That money is meant to help homeowners in Florida that were hurt by the state's housing crisis.</p><p>Millions of dollars were given to individuals and state governments by big banks accused of&nbsp;wrongful foreclosures and other mortgage servicing abuses.</p><p>Florida got the biggest sum of money-- besides California-- because the state was wracked by the housing crisis.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:56:59 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3426 at http://wlrn.org ProPublica: State Lawmakers Are Holding Up $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners AP: Bondi Not Backing GOP On Fight Over State Supreme Court Justices http://wlrn.org/post/ap-bondi-not-backing-gop-fight-over-state-supreme-court-justices <p>Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, says she's not backing the state GOP's effort to oust three state Supreme Court Justices.</p><p>The Florida GOP is currently endorsing a conservative effort to remove Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince from the Florida Supreme Court. All three are considered by conservatives to be the most liberal members of the Court-- and they are up for a merit retention vote this year. This means Floridians will vote on whether these judges get to keep their job at the state's highest court.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:11:59 +0000 Ashley Lopez 2541 at http://wlrn.org AP: Bondi Not Backing GOP On Fight Over State Supreme Court Justices