Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 11

DEPUTIES: TEEN DIES AFTER SHOOTING LINKED TO HOVERBOARD

Authorities in Florida say an 18-year-old lost his balance on a hoverboard and accidentally shot his 13-year-old cousin in the back of the head. The shooting happened Sunday in Orlando. Officials say Lavardo Fisher died Monday night.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR REMAINS MUM ON HOW TO FIX STATE’S DEATH PENALTY

The Florida Legislature is currently divided over how to rewrite the law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the current sentencing method unconstitutional. Scott has not made any recommendations, and on Wednesday, he said that he won’t weigh in until state legislators send him a bill.

TEEN CHARGED WITH TAKING GUN ON SCHOOL BUS

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that the student had texted a relative about the gun Wednesday morning while heading to Brandon Alternative School, and the relative called 911.

CHANCES LOOK GOOD FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL IN LEGISLATURE

Senate Bill 582 passed the last of its three committee hearings in the Senate Tuesday and will now go to a vote on the Senate floor. A companion measure has already passed the House. The legislation redefines public corruption to make it easier to prosecute.

BILL WOULD HELP FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS KILLED ON DUTY

The Florida Senate vote Wednesday would provide 100 percent pension benefits to surviving families. Right now, the benefit for surviving spouses of first responders killed on duty is 50 percent of the deceased’s salary.

 

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