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2013 Session Outlook: Law Enforcement and Justice

From texting while driving to repealing Florida's "stand your ground" gun law, House and Senate law-and-order committees have wide-ranging agendas for the 2013 legislative session.

A House panel has already disposed of one perennial, defeating a bill by Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda that would have abolished capital punishment. The third-term Democrat from Tallahassee, a law professor, argued that state funding could be put to better use in rehabilitation, rather than fighting years of appeals by condemned inmates, but the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted down her proposal (HB 4005) during pre-session work.

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