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Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Blind Trusts For Public Officials

Open-government advocates are backing a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Florida Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to put financial assets in blind trusts that do not offer detailed public disclosure of the holdings.

05/14/2014

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Lawmakers Face Long Friday After Budget Release

Lawmakers may face a late night Friday after a budget compromise was emailed Tuesday evening.

04/30/2014

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House Passes Pension Bill, Switching Focus To Senate

The debate over the future of state and local pensions pivoted to the Senate on Friday after the House approved a sweeping retirement bill over the objections of Democrats.

04/25/2014

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Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait?

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”

04/23/2014

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Scott Calls For Senate Vote On Immigrant Tuition

Gov. Rick Scott demanded Tuesday that the Senate vote on allowing some undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Florida universities, shortly after a late push to get the issue onto the floor stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

04/22/2014

Florida Money

Budget Negotiations Begin In A Jovial Mood

Lawmakers began meeting as joint House and Senate negotiating committees late Monday, starting a weeklong sprint to craft a final spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

04/21/2014

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Scott Administration Wants More Restrictions On Marijuana Proposal

Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn’t get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

04/21/2014

Assorted beers and ales

Bill Could Slow Florida Craft Beer Industry Growth

The fight between craft brewers and the distributors of Budweiser over the legalization of half-gallon beer containers has gotten so bitter that it is even being likened to extortion.

04/19/2014

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Voucher Bill Passes House Amid Conflict With Senate

The House approved a bill Friday that would dramatically expand the ranks of students eligible for the state’s de facto school-voucher system, sending the proposal headlong into a squabble between House and Senate leaders over how to measure the program’s effects.

04/11/2014

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Textbook Bill Survives Tight Senate Vote

A bill that would replace a statewide review of public-school learning materials with a local process narrowly survived its final Senate vote Friday, though the fate of a similar bill in the House remains unclear.

04/11/2014

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