Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Record-breaking tourism continues in Florida – Florida continues to see a record-breaking number of tourists heading to the Sunshine State. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott noted the first nine months of this year saw 79.1 million tourists, a 5.5 percent increase from last year. That number was helped by a strong third quarter as 25.5 million tourists visited from July through September, an increase of 6.8 percent from last year. Read more
Lawmakers seek to expand term limits from 8 to 12 years – A Democratic House member and a Republican Senator want voters to expand term limits for state lawmakers from eight to 12 years. House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford and Sen. Rene Garcia announced Thursday that they’ll ask the Legislature to place a measure on the 2016 ballot asking voters to loosen the current term limits. Read more
Judge gets 7 Florida Senate district maps to consider – Leon County Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds was handed seven options for drawing the Senate district maps late Wednesday, giving him the opportunity to be the “seamstress” he suggested might be needed to stitch together proposals in time for the 2016 elections. Read more
Marco Rubio says ‘wet-foot, dry-foot’ policy for Cubans is ‘hard to justify’ – As Marco Rubio campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s pledging to bring generational change to Washington. Yet Rubio’s policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born. Read more
Plan to allow guns on college campuses goes to full Florida House – A controversial plan, backed by the National Rifle Association, that would allow guns on 40 public college and university campuses statewide is ready for Florida’s 120 House members to vote on when they begin their 2016 session in January. The proposal (House Bill 4001) from Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, made swift progress through three House committees this fall and cleared its final hurdle Thursday, despite passionate objections from the higher education community and campus law enforcement. Read more
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