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Lauren’s Kids racks up six-figure donations via auto tag registration renewals

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In January, Broward County car owners who received their auto tag renewal notices also got a special message and sales pitch from Lauren’s Kids, the nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child sex abuse and founded by freshman State Sen. Lauren Book.
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Florida prison chief: State losing corrections staff to ‘Wal-Mart,’ creating insecurity in system

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
More than three-quarters of Florida’s corrections officers have less than two years’ experience. In some state prisons, a single CO will be left alone to supervise 150-200 inmates in a jail block.
Contraband has become so bad, one random search of (just half) a Dade facility turned up $15,000 in street value of cocaine, seven knives, 46 cellphones and an array of other drugs and illicit materials, said Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones Thursday.
The state’s prisons chief was in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, having to explain just how bad the situation was, even though the state’s inmate population

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House committee OK’s proposal to keep BP oil funds in Northwest Florida

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
A House panel has approved legislation to make sure settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill stays in the Florida Panhandle.
The House Select Committee on Triumph Gulf Coast passed a proposed committee bill that, among other things, requires 75 percent of all payments that Florida receives from the settlement agreement between the five gulf states and BP be transferred from the general fund to the Triumph Gulf Coast Trust Fund.
Under the proposal, the Triumph Gulf Coast corporation can award funding for several things including:
— Public infrastructure projects to enhance economic recovery, diversification, and enhancement in the disproportionately affected

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House committee OK’s bill requiring septic tank inspection during home sales

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
A bill that would require septic tanks to be inspected when a home sells advanced through its first House committee Tuesday.
HB 285, sponsored by Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine, originally applied to all home sales, but was amended during the House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee to apply only to regions listed as impaired watershed areas by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Fine contends that 10 percent, or 200,000 to 300,000 homes, are leaking septic wasted into Florida’s waterways. Fine’s view is shared by parties opposed to the Lake Okeechobee land buy being pushed by Senate President Joe Negron.
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Report: Senate could consider changing way nursing homes are paid

Friday, March 10th, 2017
A change how the state’s nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid is still being mulled in the Senate.
According to POLITICO Florida, Senate President Joe Negron said his chamber is still changing the system from a cost-based system to a prospective payment plan. Negron said the issue is still being discussed by senators, and he expects it’s “going to be considered in the Senate.”
The House Health Care Appropriations Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur said last month he wouldn’t move forward with recommendations in a report, saying they wouldn’t pursue it this session.
Under the plan, the state would pay nursing homes

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Can Florida universities and colleges rival rest of nation?

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Setting up a debate over the future of Florida’s colleges and universities, the state Senate passed an ambitious proposal Thursday intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts nationwide.
For college students, the legislation means more financial aid and incentives designed to help them graduate faster. For universities, it includes more help to recruit and retain high-ranking faculty as they seek to join the ranks of more prominent universities elsewhere.
“We’re the number one destination in the world and our universities and college should be the number one destination in the nation and the world,”

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Florida Senate says yes to more help for college students

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
College students in Florida could soon get extra help under an ambitious proposal passed by the Florida Senate.
The Florida Senate voted 35-1 Thursday for an overhaul of the state’s higher education system that is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron. It boosts financial aid and calls for new programs to help universities attract and keep faculty members.
The bill (SB 2) would require the state to cover 100 percent of tuition costs for top performing high school students who attend a state university or college.
Florida used to pay 100 percent of tuition for those eligible for the top

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Florida House faults universities over salaries and spending

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
A top Florida House Republican says that state universities are spending way too much money inappropriately and that they don’t need more help from taxpayers.
State Rep. Carlos Trujillo also suggested Wednesday that legislators may need to look at how much university presidents are paid, as well as even how much football and basketball coaches are paid. The Miami Republican and House budget chief said too many people work for universities or university foundations who earn more than $200,000 a year.
The House is scrutinizing university spending at the same time that the Florida Senate is poised to approve a major

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Senate considers Joe Negron’s higher education legislation

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
The Excellence in Higher Education Act, a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron, has been set up for a vote by the full Senate.
The bill (SB 2), carried by Bradenton Republican Bill Galvano, was discussed Wednesday on the floor.
Achieving many of the bill’s goals, which could cost up to $161 million, depend on funding getting approved in the 2017-18 state budget.
The legislation, among other things, increases certain scholarship benefits, overhauls how colleges and universities measure progress and attract top professors, and mandates block tuition—a flat rate per semester—rather than by credit hour.
Sen. Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat, unsuccessfully suggested adding a financial impact study to

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Bill to expand juvenile civil citations advances in Senate, law enforcement continues to resist

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Legislation to create a statewide civil citation program for juveniles statewide advanced in a Florida Senate Committee Wednesday. but members of the police and sheriffs association continue to resist the bill as currently drawn up.
But members of the police and sheriffs association continue to resist the bill as currently drawn.
Miami Republican Senator Anitere Flores’ bill (SB 196) would mandate law enforcement officers to offer a civil citation for youths admitting to one of 11 separate misdemeanors: possession of alcohol beverages; battery; criminal mischief; trespassing; theft; retail and farm theft; riots; disorderly conduct; possession of cannabis or controlled substances; possession, manufacture, delivery, transportation, advertisement

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Capitol Reax: Opening Day of the 2017 Legislative Session

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The 2017 Legislative Session kicked off Tuesday with Gov. Rick Scott’s penultimate “State of the State” address, and speeches from Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

“This session represents Florida’s best chance yet for solving an ongoing environmental catastrophe that affects millions of Floridians.
For nearly 20 years, scientists have agreed that a southern reservoir will reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to our coastal waterways, rehydrate America’s Everglades and Florida Bay, and help meet the growing water needs of 8 million Floridians in the years ahead.
Senate President Joe Negron, Senator Rob Bradley and Representative Thad Altman are to be congratulated for their leadership. We look forward to working

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Joe Negron backs Gulf Coast compensation process

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday said he was committed to getting $300 million in settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to affected communities in northwest Florida.
Negron spoke to reporters on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session.
“I don’t believe that we should set up some complicated bureaucracy,” said Negron, a Stuart Republican.
He said he’s working with Sens. Bill Montford, Doug Broxson and George Gainer, all of whom represent coastal areas in the Panhandle, to make sure constituents “get compensated for their actual economic damages.”
He toured affected areas at the time, telling a story of one hotel

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Florida Senate convenes in Tallahassee, adopts compromise budget rules

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Florida Senate is in session.
Senators convened at 9:30 with a prayer and the traditional singing of the national anthem.
“They need wisdom, direction, and understanding,” Pam Olsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network said during the invocation.
“Keep their marriages strong” while the members are “here doing the people’s business,” she prayed.
“I know I’m asking for a miracle, but make this session end on time.”
There for the occasion were Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, plus members of the Florida Supreme Court.
“We understand you have a busy morning,” Senate

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Just imagine huge can of worms opened by religious liberty bill

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Hillsborough County public school district has straightforward rules in its student handbook about religion.
It says students can talk about religion, practice their religion, can be excused to observe a religious holiday, and – most important for the context of our discussion today – decide for themselves whether they want to participate in things such as student-led prayer or other practices.
The basic rule is this: If students lead the religious activity – fine. If teachers or administrators take part – not fine.
Districts in Miami-Dade and Orlando have basically the same policy.
Apparently, that’s not good enough for the state Senate

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

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Sen. Dorthy Hukill wasn’t in Tallahassee for opening day of the 2017 Legislature, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t on the job.
Hukill, chairwoman of the Education Committee, is recovering from surgery for cervical cancer, and her doctors wouldn’t let her travel to the state capital.
Nevertheless, the Port Orange Republican has remained active in the legislative process during committee weeks, Senate President Joe Negron told the Senate.
He’d spoken to her shortly before the Senate convened, Negron said.
“I want to report to all of us who care about her and who are her friends and extended family that she is doing an amazing

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Guns, gambling and taxes: Legislators return to work

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Once the Florida Legislature kicks off its 60-day Session March 7, legislators are expected to pass, or kill, dozens of measures dealing with everything from abortion to gambling and the environment.
So far, more than 2,000 bills have been filed, but in the end, legislators usually pass fewer than 300 pieces of legislation each year.
Here’s a look at some of the top issues this Session:
DEATH PENALTY: Florida legislators are expected to quickly pass a measure that would require a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed. Last year, the state Supreme Court declared a new law requiring

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Business groups oppose tax break swap

Monday, March 6th, 2017
A coalition of Florida business groups is giving the thumbs-down to state Sen. Anitere Flores’ proposal to pay for a cut in the state’s tax on mobile phone and satellite and cable TV service by repealing a tax break to insurers.
The legislation (SB 378) would swap the insurance break for a 2 percent reduction in the state’s communications services tax (CST). The proposal is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican.
Negron earlier this year said he was looking to eliminate the insurance deal this year, a 15 percent tax credit on the salaries that insurers give their full-time workers here in the

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Richard Corcoran to pick Darryl Rouson, Tom Lee to constitution panel

Monday, March 6th, 2017
House Speaker Richard Corcoran is expected to announce that Sen. Darryl Rouson, Rep. Chris Sprowls, and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco will be among his nine picks for the Constitution Revision Commission. He’s also putting himself on the Commission.
The Land O’Lakes Republican’s selections will round out the 37-member review panel, which meets every 20 years to look over and suggest changes to the Florida Constitution. The panel must be established within 30 days before the regular 2017 Legislative Session convenes.
The annual 60-day session kicks off Tuesday.
Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 2016, after serving serving eight years in the Florida

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Florida’s legislative leaders talk issues, personalities

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Florida Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran are Republican lawyers. But the similarities start to drift from there.
Negron calls himself boring and is the quiet, deliberative type. Corcoran likes listening to music at top volume, and his approach to leadership reflects that.
The Associated Press interviewed each separately about their backgrounds, personalities and priorities as they prepare for their first legislative session as their chambers’ leaders. Here’s what they had to say:
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What motivated you to first run for office?
Corcoran said his interest in government was a lesson he learned from his parents, who lived through the Great

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Final push for fundraising before 2017 Session kicks off

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Think of it as the last hurrah before the 2017 Legislative Session.
Members of the House and Senate can’t raise money while the Legislature is session, putting a 60-day pause on fundraising each year. And while that may be good news for their most loyal contributors’ pocketbooks, it does mean you can expect a mad dash for last minute fundraising before clock starts on the 2017 Session.
House Majority, the fundraising arm of House Republicans, has a bevy of fundraisers planned for Monday. All of the events are hosted by Speaker Richard Corcoran, Rep. Jose Oliva, and Rep. Chris Sprowls.
Reps.

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2017 Legislative Session preview: Oscar Braynon on juvenile justice, incentives and Chance the Rapper

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
This is the first legislative session that South Florida’s Oscar Braynon II will be the Senate’s Democratic Leader.
The 40-year-old, who succeeded term-limited former Leader Arthenia Joyner, was first elected in 2011 after serving in the House and on the Miami Gardens City Council before that.
Though he’s in the minority, Braynon has high hopes for legislative breakthroughs with the GOP majority under President Joe Negron. “We have a good personal relationship and we’ve helped each other before we were in leadership,” Braynon says.
That said, one issue he’s already behind on is “decoupling,” in which the state would

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Legislature may agree on 2017 budget rule compromise

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
House and Senate leaders have tentatively brokered a rules deal to avoid a meltdown over how requests to fund hometown projects get into the state budget.
Released Friday, the proposed joint rule follows Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala telling his chamber’s Rules Committee in February that House leaders had agreed to compromise to streamline the process.
“I think this is a big potential problem that’s been dodged,” the Clearwater Republican said following an event in Naples on Friday. “The only thing you have to do in the Constitution during the session is do a budget, and by having a game plan and a joint approach to that before we

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Joe Negron, Pulse mother and doctor, a DREAMer, among Trump address to Congress guests

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
As is traditional, Florida’s congressional delegation is using its invite tickets to President Donald Trump‘s first address to a joint session of Congress mostly to make points, although U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is maybe making his points with his wife.
Each member of Congress gets one SOTU invitation to pass out. Democrat Nelson’s goes to his wife of 44 years, Grace Nelson.
Republican U.S. Sen Marco Rubio‘s bringing Florida Sen. President Joe Negron, who is in Washington this week for meetings with Rubio and other state legislators regarding federal-state issues.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando is bringing Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher Leinonen,

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Email insights: Sugarcane farmers blast Everglades Foundation for ‘fake economics’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Florida Sugarcane Farmers are the latest group to give its take on the hottest buzzword in American politics – “fake news.”
In this case, however, the group – which represents the $3.2 billion-a-year industry and employs more than 12,500 people – is blasting the Everglades Foundation for using “fake economics” and “fake science” to bolster Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to purchase up to 153,000 acres of what they call “job-sustaining farmland.”
Florida Sugarcane Farmers
A new email from Ardis Hammock, the owner and operator of Moore Haven’s Frierson Farms, says that it’s only fitting that a group “funded almost entirely by out-of-state

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Richard Corcoran, Rick Scott still holding on constitutional panel picks

Monday, February 27th, 2017
With the 2017 Legislative Session fast approaching, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott still have not released their appointees for the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission.
It’s the panel that meets every 20 years to suggest rewrites and additions to the state’s governing document.
Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Senate President Joe Negron have already announced their combined 12 picks. (Those appointments are here and here.)
Corcoran last week said he planned to disclose his nine picks next Monday, the day before Session begins. Scott’s office has not said when he plans to announce his 15 selections. His received applications can be seen here.
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Anitere Flores wants to replace one tax cut with another

Friday, February 24th, 2017
In a move sure to ire the insurance industry, state Sen. Anitere Flores is proposing a cut in the state tax on mobile phone and satellite and cable TV service by repealing a tax break to insurers.
Flores, the Senate President pro Tempore, on Friday said she was filing legislation (SB 378) to swap the insurance break for a 2 percent reduction in the state’s communications services tax (CST). The proposal is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican.
The move also aligns with Gov. Rick Scott‘s and the Florida House’s appetite for continued tax relief. Flores’ proposal “could provide $300 million

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Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition pushes for statewide bill to get passed this year

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Last year in the Florida Legislature, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to create statewide regulations regarding ridesharing, but the bill died ignominiously in the state Senate.
Similar bills are winding their way through committees in both chambers already in 2017, and on Wednesday, the group Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition announced their support for that legislation, being sponsored in the House by Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls and Tampa Republican Jamie Grant and in the Senate by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes.
“We fully support legislation that embraces innovation, and legislation that creates predictable regulatory climate across the entire state for

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Impressive roster of GOP state leaders lineup for Ed Hooper Tallahassee fundraiser

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Clearwater Republican Ed Hooper is assembling an impressive number of high-profile state lawmakers for a Tallahassee reception next month. Hooper, a former state representative, is seeking the open Senate District 16 seat currently held by Jack Latvala.
Hooper’s campaign fundraiser will be Monday, March 6, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Governors Club, 202 South Adams Street.
The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of GOP state leaders, including Senate President Joe Negron and nearly all the Pinellas County/Hillsborough delegation: Sens. Latvala, Bill Galvano, Wilton Simpson, Dana Young and Jeff Brandes.
Republican senators from beyond the Tampa Bay area

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Don Gaetz, Chris Smith among Joe Negron’s constitutional review panel picks

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and former Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith are among those tapped by current Senate President Joe Negron to sit on the state’s Constitution Revision Commission.
Negron, a Stuart Republican, announced his list Wednesday in a press release.
Gaetz, a Niceville Republican in the Senate 2006-16, and Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat who served 2008-16, were selected along with seven others. Under the constitution, Negron gets nine picks as the president of the state Senate.
“Florida is fortunate to have so many private citizens willing to take time away from their families and careers to serve the public

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House, Senate trying to avoid budget showdown over rules

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
The Florida Senate and House have agreed to work together on a joint rule to avoid a “who blinks first” approach to this year’s budget negotiations. 
Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who heads the Appropriations Committee, Thursday told the Rules Committee he was “pleased to report” House leaders had agreed to consider what’s known as a “joint rule” to streamline the process.
The Naples Daily News reported Wednesday the Legislature could be headed to “a partial state government shutdown” over a disagreement on how requests to fund hometown projects get into the state budget.
The House now requires each request to be

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