June 2017

FLORIDA'S BUDGET, NEW LAWS BEGIN JULY 1

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 29, 2017 .......... Rideshare services, such as Lyft and Uber, will have to comply with statewide rules, and students and teachers will be allowed to express their religious beliefs at public schools, under new laws that will go into effect Saturday.

The changes --- including two bills from the special session --- are among 125 revisions to Florida statutes that hit the books on July 1.

JUSTICES APPEAR SKEPTICAL OF PROSECUTOR'S ARGUMENTS ON DEATH PENALTY

By DARA KAM -- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 28, 2017 .......... Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney's assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.