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Gov. Rick Scott is backing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to allow a 52-day red snapper fishing season compared to a proposed 11-day federal season in the Gulf of Mexico. He also said federal fisheries management law need more flexibility. Meanwhile, the commission is moving forward with a lionfish ban after bills appeared stalled in the Legislature.

A version of the bill has already passed in the House. Negron's decision not to schedule it for an Appropriations Committee meeting may sound the death knell for a proposal sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala.

State civil rights law's reference to "sex" includes pregnancy, according to the justices. The opinion finds that the intent of current statute, though not explicitly addressing pregnancy, protects individuals based on gender.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says it is cleaning up contamination sites faster and cheaper than ever before. But the Florida Ground Water Association says there are too many sites that have not been assessed and cleaned up. DEP requested $125 million for the program this year and next year compared to the $192.8 million in revenue estimated to be collected from a tax on petroleum imports.

The Florida season will begin Saturday of Memorial Day weekend; attracting red snapper anglers for a holiday weekend and producing an economic boost for coastal communities. Federal and state officials agree on the importance of protecting the snapper fishery but FWC balked when the feds proposed an 11-day season.

Former Sen. Gary Siplin has filed to run against Sen. Geri Thompson in 2014. Thompson beat Siplin's wife for the seat in 2012, when he was term-limited out of office. Read more...

There were 250 public records exemptions in 1985, the number could climb nearly to 1,100 if 25 proposed exemptions are passed this year. The First Amendment Foundation, the Tea Party, Integrity Florida and Citizens Awareness Foundation are among those calling for improving access to public records and meetings.

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