Will Weatherford

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State Fires Back In Lawsuit Over Sunshine Amendment

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to throw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to use blind trusts to shield their financial assets.

05/19/2014

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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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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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Fla. House Poised To Okay Changes To State Pension

The Florida House Thursday discussed a bill which would stop elected officials and top employees in state government from enrolling in the state’s traditional pension plan.

04/24/2014

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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

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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, Bush Push Senate To Pass Immigrant Tuition Bill

Gov. Rick Scott and former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez on Friday pushed the state Senate to advance a measure that would allow some undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition rates.

CBS Miami–04/18/2014

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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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House Speaker: “Lights Are Out” On Gambling

House Speaker Will Weatherford put a lid on any gambling legislation this session, including a proposal backed by the Senate’s first family that would require tracks to report greyhound injuries and deaths.

04/09/2014

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Fla. Pension Bill Advances In Legislature

A bill advancing in the Florida Legislature would no longer allow state government elected officials and top employees to be eligible for the state’s traditional pension plan.

04/04/2014

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