Amid misconduct inquiry, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer says she’s not a lobbyist

By Dan Christensen FloridaBulldog.org When is a registered lobbyist not a lobbyist? If powerful NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer gets her

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When it comes to holding NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer accountable, Florida Senate ignores own rules

By Dan Christensen FloridaBulldog.org The Florida Senate is ignoring its own rules for how to conduct an investigation into whether

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Senate passes fix to “stand your ground” law

The Florida Senate has passed a change to the state’s “stand your ground” law that would make it easier for

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Rick Scott signs death penalty fix into law

Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Monday requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed. Lawmakers passed

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Report: Senate could consider changing way nursing homes are paid

A change how the state’s nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid is still being mulled in the Senate. According

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Senate votes to raise bar for death penalty, ‘stand your ground’ prosecutions

The Senate voted Thursday to require unanimous jury verdicts to sentence someone to death, and to advance a measure that

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Darryl Rouson, Lori Berman urge Florida to become a ‘Tobacco 21’ state

Two Florida lawmakers want to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco in the Sunshine State. Sen. Darrly Rouson and

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Mandatory recess bill sails through second Senate committee

Call it another small victory for recess. The Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill (SB 78) requiring

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Senate committee unanimously approves bill to ban fracking

The Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee unanimously approved a bill to ban fracking Tuesday, marking a reversal from previous

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Florida Senate convenes in Tallahassee, adopts compromise budget rules

The Florida Senate is in session. Senators convened at 9:30 with a prayer and the traditional singing of the national

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Dorothy Hukill, recovering from cancer, watching from home as Senate convenes

Sen. Dorthy Hukill wasn’t in Tallahassee for opening day of the 2017 Legislature, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t on the

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Parenting plan bill that skip courts, lift court overload gets unilateral support in Senate committee

A bill heard by a Florida Senate committee Monday seeks to streamline the process of setting up a parenting plan

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Victor Torres seeks to save call-center jobs

State Sen. Victor Torres has introduced a bill to force call center operators to give extended notices if they intend

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2017 Legislative Session preview: Alimony rears its head

Get ready for a rumble: Lawmakers will again tackle the sticky issue of alimony in the 2017 Legislative Session. Companion

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Jack Latvala, Kathleen Peters file beach renourishment bill

The state’s sandy shores have a powerful ally in the Florida Legislature. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala announced Friday he

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House panel to discuss changing how nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid

Nursing homes that accept Medicaid could see changes in how they are paid in the coming fiscal year, but exactly

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Aaron Bean files bill focused on nursing home Medicaid reimbursement rates

Industry advocates said a Senate proposal filed this week could change the way nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid

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Rick Scott’s favorite business incentive is losing money, Senate hears

Gov. Rick Scott’s favored economic incentive program – the Quick Action Closing Fund (QAC) – is now losing money, the

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Amendment 4 implementing bill clears first Senate committee

A Senate panel OK’d a bill Tuesday to implement Amendment 4, which exempts solar and renewable energy devices from property

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Senate panel OKs bill to create chief data officer

A bill creating a “chief data officer” position in the Agency for State Technology easily cleared its first Senate panel. The Senate Governmental

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Mike Carroll: “We aren’t always able” to save “broken” children

The head of the state’s child welfare agency told a legislative panel his department has now handed over “5,000 pages of

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Arthenia Joyner “truly honored” to be on Constitution Revision Commission

Following her appointment to a constitutional review panel, former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner said she was “truly honored and deeply grateful

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House to consider proposed committee bill to eliminate Enterprise Florida

The Florida House has fired back, filing a proposed committee bill this week completely eliminate Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private

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Dorothy Hukill extends legislative absence as she fights cancer

State Sen. Dorothy Hukill will be absent from the upcoming committee week as she continues her battle against cervical cancer, a Senate spokeswoman

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Jeff Brandes files medical marijuana implementing bill

Sen. Jeff Brandes wants a total overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana laws, filing legislation to repeal current law dealing

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Oscar Braynon: gun legislation is about ‘reality not philosophy’

Florida Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon considers 2nd Amendment arguments to be about philosophy and he’d  much rather talk about

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Land purchase south of Lake O remains top priority for Joe Negron

Securing funding to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee remains a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron. But Negron

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Travis Hutson telecom bill would preempt right of way regulation

Newly filed legislation could affect how much power local governments have to regulate the right of way when it comes

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Jeff Brandes files bill to standardize visitation plans

Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed a bill aimed at providing standardized visitation plans for unmarried parents. The St. Petersburg Republican

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Keith Perry files bill to create 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday

Sen. Keith Perry has filed a bill calling for a 10-day back-to-school tax holiday in August. Under the proposed legislation

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