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ACLU accuses Scott of 'unprecedented' assault on civil liberties

Fighting Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-run Legislature over everything from guns and abortion to drug-testing and minority voting rights has become a full-time job for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Marking the half-way point in the governor's term, the ACLU held a statewide conference call Thursday to issue a report on laws and policy decisions it has contested, in courts and through legislative lobbying. Howard Simon, state director of the ACLU, and staff attorneys who have waged legal fights in state and federal courts said the organization will be working in the 2013 legislative session, convening March 5, on proposals regarding guns, election laws and numerous other issues of privacy and civil liberties.

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