Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 4

TAMPA LOOKS AT CIVIL FINES FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION

The city council voted 6-1 in favor of the move Thursday. The ordinance will have to make it through a second hearing March 17 before it goes to Mayor Bob Buckhorn for his signature.

NEW ABORTION RESTRICTIONS CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW IN FLORIDA

The state House passed the bill on a 74-44 vote Thursday. A similar bill is ready for a floor vote in the Senate. The bill prohibits government agencies, including local health departments, from using public money to contract for any health care services from any organization that also provides abortions.

FLORIDA MAN GETS 7 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THREATENING PRESIDENT

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that 24-year-old Jeremy Addison was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last October. Federal prosecutors say Addison sent the letter to the president in 2014 from the Volusia County Jail, where Addison was awaiting trial on an unrelated charge.

GOT FRESH FOOD? FLORIDA WANTS TO ADD MORE GROCERY STORES

The Florida House unanimously passed a bill Thursday authorizing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to set up a program that offers grants and loans for businesses to open in so-called “food deserts.” These are usually low-income neighborhoods served only by convenience stores or fast food restaurants.

FLORIDA COURT TOSSES 80-YEAR SENTENCE FOR FIRING GUN IN AIR

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the four 20-year sentences he received in the case don’t have to run consecutively because they stem from the same incident.

 

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