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Bill Targets Loophole in Stand-Your-Ground

Two bills have already been filed for next year’s legislative session, including one that would close a loophole in the “Stand Your Ground” law and will be the focus of hearings when legislative committees meet next month.

As the Florida Current reports, state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, filed a bill to prohibit the law from protecting people who initiate confrontations.

A bill by state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is reviving an effort that never made it to committees last year to require labeling of genetically modified food, the Florida Current reports. She says 1,500 voters from around the state petitioned her to push for the labels. 

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