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    Mike Vasilinda
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    Mike Vasilinda
  • Online Voter Registration 1, April16, 2015
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    Matt Galka
  • Same Sex Bathroom Bills fails to get key Committee Hearing 1, April15, 2015
    Same sex bathroom legislation that has been highly controversial a the state capitol failed to get a key committee hearing  this week effectively killing the bill. But as Mike Vasilinda tells us, transgender activists say it is too early to claim total victory. the legislation requires people to use restrooms matching the gender on their […]
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  • Millennials Push for Health Care Extension 1, April15, 2015
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  • Seer Sucker Suit Day in the Legislature 1, April15, 2015
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  • Senior Day at the Capitol 1, April15, 2015
    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of a thousand senior citizens at the state Capitol today. Some came to make their voices heard on health care, others, like Donnell Crews of Jacksonville came to make his wish for the future known. “What I’d really like to see is mass rail system in Florida. A mass rail […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Bear Hunt Likely 1, April15, 2015
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    Matt Galka
  • Body Camera Legislation Watered Down in Senate, but is it Enough? 1, April14, 2015
    Legislation giving police almost total control over who can see video from body cameras was watered down today at the state Capitol, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, open government advocates say the legislation is almost self defeating. The video of a man fleeing and being shot by a police officer in South Carolina. If […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Gaetz for US Senate? 1, April14, 2015
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Voters Rights Advocates Oppose Elections Bill

April 28th, 2011 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

A group of community leaders, voter rights groups and consumer activists who were kept for testifying about sweeping changes to the states elections law spoke out today.

The League of Women Voters, Florida PIRG, and the Ion Sancho the Leon County supervisor of elections told reporters the changes will keep people from voting. The legislation would limit early voting to one week instead of two, although the polls would be open late during the one week of early voting. Sancho say the changes will make overtime skyrocket.

The 14 counties that have so far reported indicate that working a 12 hour day would be a 1.8 million dollar budget impact on local government because it is the counties that pay for early voting, said Sancho.

The bill would also create a 50 dollar fee for any volunteer participating in a voter registration drive if the forms werent turned in to the supervisor of elections office with in 48 hours.

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