State Capital Briefs: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
August 8, 2018NSF Staff
SUPREME COURT HALTS RELEASE OF PARKLAND VIDEO

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday at least temporarily blocked the release of surveillance video related to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as a legal battle continues about whether the footage should be turned over to media organizations. A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal last month ruled that media organizations should receive the security-camera footage from the afternoon when a gunman killed 17 people at the Parkland school. But the Broward County School Board and the Broward County State Attorney’s Office appealed to the Supreme Court and asked for a stay to halt the release...

LAWMAKERS POISED TO REJECT ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ SESSION

Republicans are on the verge of scuttling an effort by Democrats to hold a special legislative session on the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law. After three days of polling by the Department of State, 44 House members have voted against the proposed special session, while 25 have voted in favor. Democrat Katie Edwards-Walpole of Plantation has joined House Republicans in opposition, according to results posted by the state agency...

BRODEUR DRAWS SECOND DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT

As he prepares to run in 2020 for a seat in the Florida Senate, state Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, has drawn a second Democratic opponent. Oviedo Democrat Justin Ryan Miller opened a campaign account Tuesday to run in Senate District 9, which is made up of Seminole County and part of Volusia County, according to the state Division of Elections website. Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, cannot run again in 2020 because of term limits...