JUVENILE SENTENCING In response to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court has ordered new sentencing hearings for four inmates who were minors when committing their crimes.The Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit murders are unconstitutional. This ruling will lead to new sentencing hearings for scores of Read more about Legal Updates[…]
Here is a sampling of the results of many county referendums that appeared on the ballot. ALACHUA COUNTY A protest referendum against the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision passed with 71.51% of the vote. The nonbinding proposal stipulated that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Also, voters defeated a proposed Read more about Local Referendums[…]
Florida’s tax-free holiday for school supplies starts this Friday, August 1st and will run through Sunday, August 3rd. Items include clothing and shoes up to $100, personal computers for the first $750 of sales price, and school supplies. Click here to see a complete listing of tax-free items.
MARIJUANA The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 establishes the conditions under which low-THC marijuana may be grown, distributed, prescribed and used by medical patients experiencing certain symptoms and conditions. This type of medical marijuana will be available on January 1, 2015. TAX FREE SHOPPING DAYS There are two more tax-free shopping periods in 2014. Read more about Bills Signed Into Law By Governor Scott[…]
The Florida Legislature created a sales-tax holiday on hurricane supplies and it begins tomorrow, May 31st and will run through June 8th. Floridians can buy batteries, flashlights, first-aid kits, fuel tanks, coolers, tarps, generators and other storm-related items without paying sales taxes. For more information visit http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/pdf/hurricanelist.pdf