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Sun Sentinel

Does your state legislator want to have a special session to address guns? They are voting now

Florida legislators are voting on whether they should hold a special session to pass gun bills spanning from expanded background checks to a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Florida Legislature’s 160 members have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit their votes. Three-fifths of each chamber must agree for the special session to be held. That amounts to 72 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate voting in favor of a special session. The poll was triggered when 41 House Democrats sent letters to the State Department requesting a special session.

Florida Politics

Governor: ‘Legislature not going to go for’ Special Session

Gov. Ron DeSantis doubts that the Legislature will respond to the call from Democrats for a Special Legislative Session on gun violence. The Governor said he would prefer to see the next Session build on his view of addressing threat assessments. Addressing reporters in Orlando Wednesday after announcing a new voter registration computer system, the Governor expressed no interest or concern for the Florida House Democratic caucus’ call on Tuesday for a Special Legislative Session “to address the epidemic of gun violence in our state.” “I think the Legislature is not going to go for it,” DeSantis said. “What I think we should look to do in the next Session is to build on what I put forward in terms of threat assessment.”

Naples Daily News

7 Florida municipalities have fallen prey to cyber attacks since last year

As the world of high-tech crime evolves, hackers are becoming bolder in attacks on cities, towns and counties. In Florida, at least seven municipalities have reported phishing or ransomware attacks on computer systems since December 2018. What is a phishing attack? In a phishing attack, the attacker sends an email posing as a legitimate contact. Sometimes, the goal is to trick the employee on the receiving end of the email to transfer funds, usually believing they’re making a routine payment. Other times, the attacker wants the recipient to click on a link or open an email attachment, which will allow a virus to be installed in the recipient’s computer network.