State Capital Briefs (Evening Edition): April 25, 2017
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
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GAMBLING TALKS CONTINUE WEDNESDAY
House and Senate negotiators are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning as they continue trying to reach agreement on a closely watched gambling bill. The conference committee, which is scheduled to meet at 9:45 a.m., also met Monday. The House and Senate took vastly different positions in bills that cleared their chambers. But the talks, in part, are aimed at reaching a new gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that could lead to significant payments to the state. While the House has focused on a Seminole deal, the Senate has taken a broader approach that would make numerous changes in the pari-mutuel industry. As an example, the Senate would allow slot machines at pari-mutuels in eight counties where voters have approved the machines in referendums. Lawmakers are trying to reach an agreement before they May 5 end of the regular legislative session.

HOUSE READY TO VOTE ON WAITING PERIOD EXEMPTION
A proposal aimed at allowing active, certified law-enforcement officers to be exempt from waiting periods for gun purchases is ready for a vote by the full House. However, the proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 291) and a related bill (HB 673) could be a longshot to be approved by lawmakers this year. The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by 60 percent of both legislative chambers, would go on the 2018 general-election ballot. It would exempt full-time, part-time and auxiliary law-enforcement officers from the state's three-day waiting period for handgun purchases starting Jan. 8, 2019. It also would exempt them from county waiting periods for firearm purchases that can be three to five days. As with many other firearm-related proposals this legislative session, similar measures in the Senate (SJR 910 and SB 912) have stalled in the Judiciary Committee.

DOZIER APOLOGY GETS SENATE BACKING
The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution that would apologize for the mistreatment of juveniles at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. The measure (SR 1440), sponsored by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, calls the abuse of the boys held at Dozier and a related facility at Okeechobee "cruel, unjust and a violation of human decency." The House has already unanimously passed a similar resolution (HR 1335) apologizing for the mistreatment. Both resolutions noted more than 500 former students of the Dozier and Okeechobee reform schools have testified about physical, mental and sexual abuse by staff members from the 1940s through the 1960s. Dozier was closed in 2011.


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4/25/2017

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