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As 2014 comes to a close, FSA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Weekly InSight, a look at the key articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 8.



Medical marijuana on ballot after Supreme Court's 4-3 decision
Miami Herald
From Jan. 28: Florida voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical use, after the state Supreme Court ruled that a proposed constitutional amendment won’t mislead people when they go to the polls in the Nov. 4 elections.
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FSA Specialty License Plate
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From Oct. 10: You can now show your support for your Sheriff's Office and help fund continuing education for Sheriffs' Office members by purchasing an FSA specialty license plate.
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Medical marijuana amendment falls short of approval
The Ledger
From Nov. 4: Florida will not join the wave of states that allow consumption of marijuana. Though a majority of voters backed a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, the measure failed to reach the required 60 percent threshold. With some scattered precincts still being counted, Amendment 2 had 58 percent of the votes cast statewide.
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History of the Office of Sheriff
The Bradenton Herald
From July 16: The Office of Sheriff comes from a significant place in history and its position strongly influences Florida Law Enforcement today.
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Join the fight against crime ... become a member of the FSA!
The Sheriffs of Florida invite you to join them in the fight against crime by becoming a member of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Founded in 1893, the Florida Sheriffs Association is one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. With your help, FSA supports the needs of law enforcement communities across the state. If you are already an FSA member, please share with family and friends the value of becoming a new member today! Click here to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of the FSA!


Sheriff's mapping tool lets you search crime in your neighborhood
Sun Sentinel
From July 11: Why was there a sheriff's helicopter hovering over my neighborhood? Why were deputies putting up crime-scene tape down my street? Those answers are now at your fingertips and just a few clicks away. The Broward Sheriff's Office is making the information available for more than a dozen cities and towns it serves.
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Special Report: New street drugs spreading across South Florida
WPBF-TV
From Nov. 11: The latest recreational drug rage -- e-cigarettes -- is a legal, vaporized way to get a nicotine hit. But now, those same e-cigs are being used as a stoner’s best friend: an undetectable way to get a super and potentially dangerous high from the latest street drugs. And because there’s no tell-tale smell, users can get high right in public without anyone being the wiser.
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Manatee County deputy shot in Bradenton, suspect dead
The Bradenton Herald
From April 14: Sheriff's deputies shot to death a suspect in a bank robbery after he first shot and wounded an 18-year veteran of the department who was trying to arrest him, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
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Jail inmates grow own food in Marion County
WTVJ-TV
From Jan. 20: Inmates in Florida's Marion County Jail are served three meals a day. In 2012 and 2013, the average inmate population on any given day was 1,546. That means roughly 4,638 food trays a day, or 1,692,870 meals per year. To help save taxpayers money - and to keep inmates occupied and, perhaps, learning new skills - the Marion County Sheriff's Office operates three inmate work farms.
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Don't muddy gun law on evacuations
Orlando Sentinel
From April 19: As Orange County sheriff, I am sworn under oath to support, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, and I will defend with vigor the Second Amendment rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. However, I am concerned about attempts, such as a proposal now before the Florida Legislature, to broaden the circumstances in which a person may carry a firearm. My concern is based on the daily violence and carnage seen on the streets of our nation and state.
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Manatee sheriff concerned about armed guards in schools
Herald-Tribune
From Sept. 15: With newly contracted private security officers set to begin patrolling the Manatee County School District’s elementary schools, the county’s sheriff says he remains concerned how the private guards will operate.
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