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Defamation law overhaul despised on the left and right dies in dwindling days of Session

Florida Politics by Jacob Ogles

The anti-media bill had drawn criticism from pundits across the political spectrum.

Call it ‘the day the defamation bill died’: Lawmakers on both sides of the rotunda shelved a contentious overhaul of state defamation law Thursday, saying they were too far apart for compromise.

Sponsors in both the House and Senate confirm they have ceased negotiations on the measure. The legislation, which drew criticism from media voices across the political spectrum, would have lowered the threshold to sue media outlets and others.

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