Florida will partially comply with Trump voter data request:
Gov. Rick Scott's administration has decided to partially comply with a request for personal voter information from President Donald Trump's "election integrity commission." Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says the state will provide information about Florida residents that is already publicly available, such as names, dates of birth, addresses, political affiliation and voting history. However, Detzner says Florida cannot provide Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers or any other information that is exempt under the state's public records laws, like the protected personal information of judges, police officers and domestic violence victims. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide any voter information to the commission, which was formed to address Trump's unsubstantiated claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election.
John Morgan sues for patients' rights to smoke medical marijuana:
Orlando lawyer John Morgan filed a lawsuit against the state over a smoking ban on medical marijuana that he says violates the intent of Florida voters who approved the constitutional amendment last year. The lawyer who bankrolled the medical cannabis ballot initiative approved by 71 percent of Florida voters in November says the amendment makes it clear that while smoking cannabis could be banned in public, it should be allowed in private homes. Florida lawmakers banned smoking medical marijuana, but patients are allowed to use vaporizers for the product.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is running for county mayor:
After much speculation, Demings filed to run last week for Orange County mayor in the 2018 election. Mayor Teresa Jacobs is term-limited and will be stepping down. Another notable local campaign launch this week came from Orlando progressive leader Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, who announced her run for Florida House District 47. The seat is currently occupied by state Rep. Mike Miller, R-Winter Park, who reportedly plans to run for Congress.
Florida judge strikes 'stand your ground' change as unconstitutional:
The new law passed during the most recent session of the state Legislature shifted the burden of proof in pre-trial self-defense hearings from defendants to prosecutors. Miami Judge Milton Hirsch ruled it unconstitutional last week, arguing that Florida lawmakers overstepped their authority with a change under the jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court.
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