Andy Gardiner

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Lower LIP Funding Sets Stage For Session Debate

Florida can anticipate about $1 billion in funding for a health-care program at the center of a state budget standoff, a high-ranking federal official wrote in a letter Thursday, giving lawmakers a better idea of what to expect when they begin a special session next month.

05/21/2015

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Lawmakers To Return June 1, Face Health Care Issues

After weeks of conflict, House and Senate leaders Friday formally called a special legislative session to reach agreement on a new state budget and to hammer out differences on major health-care issues.

05/15/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media during a visit to SeaLand shipping lines new Intra-Americas headquarters on January 23, 2015 in Miramar, Florida. Scott announced that Florida businesses added 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014 and since December 2010, Florida has added 728,500 private-sector jobs. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott Raises Specter Of Government Shutdown

Gov. Rick Scott raised the possibility Thursday that state government could shut down because of a budget impasse in the Legislature and asked agencies to outline services that need to keep running regardless of whether lawmakers reach an agreement.

05/14/2015

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Lawmakers Could Hold Off On Gambling Deal

With a high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe set to expire in July, lawmakers may not have to hold a special session to keep it from falling apart, according to a prominent senator who was instrumental in crafting the agreement, called a compact, five years ago.

05/07/2015

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Dates Set For Special Session; LIP Could Be In Trouble

Legislative leaders are set to meet for a special session to find a compromise on Florida’s budget.

05/06/2015

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Uber Revs Effort For Spot In Special Session

Uber is revving up their efforts for a spot in the Legislature’s special session.

05/06/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant where he fieldeds questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gov. Scott Reappoints Unconfirmed Agency Heads

Gov. Rick Scott wasted little time in reappointing 16 agency heads, including the leaders of two health-care agencies and the state’s elections chief, after the Senate did not confirm them before the end of the regular legislative session.

05/04/2015

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Florida Legislators Push Bills Tied To Their Private Jobs

The professional and political lives of Florida legislators collide at the halls of the state Capitol. And there’s nothing illegal about it.

05/03/2015

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Prison Reforms Scuttled As Lawmakers Head Home

A push to reform Florida’s embattled prison system died after the House abruptly adjourned on Tuesday.

04/28/2015

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Special Session Seems Imminent As Medicaid Fight Continues

Florida House leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday while Senate leaders held a special hearing in an attempt to agree on Medicaid and finalize a budget as the need for a special session seemed imminent.

04/21/2015

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