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Bill to require high-school students to take financial-literacy courses advances in Florida Senate

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
A proposal by Port Orange Republican Dorothy Hukill to require high-school students to take a half-credit of instruction in personal financial literacy and money management easily won approval in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K-12 Education on Wednesday. However, several lawmakers expressed reservations about the fact that unless lawmakers extend the hours of the school day or school year, the inclusion of this necessary course will eliminate another course, and potentially expose how Florida students are behind the curve compared to others around the nation and the world.
The quest to get Florida high school students more financially literate began in 2013, when

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Joe Henderson: After Enterprise Florida fight, Rick Scott has little political capital left

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Rick Scott went to Tallahassee in 2011 as an outsider. He often has operated like one as well, and not always in a good way.
In a private company, stubborn employees can get fired for standing up to the boss. In politics, though, defiance can be considered a virtue. Eventually, people who vow to run government like a business learn you can’t just issue orders and expect things to get done.
Real democracy can be a free-for-all.
That brings us to the current state of affairs in the capitol city, a time that has the seen the governor behaving less like a

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Could anti-Donald Trump quotes hurt Pat Neal’s chances of becoming CFO?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump hasn’t been too keen in hiring those associated with the “Never Trump” movement of conservative policy who surfaced in last year’s presidential campaign.
The most glaring example of that was the case of former State Department official Elliott Abrams. A meeting between the two last month reportedly went well, according to CNN.  Ultimately Trump opted not to hire Abrams for the job as deputy Secretary of State, however, once he learned that Abrams criticized him during his White House run.
Might strong GOP criticism of the president during the campaign turn off Rick Scott, a close ally of Trump’s, specifically when it comes to naming a

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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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Tom Lee files bill to protect Florida seniors in retirement communities

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Tom Lee announced Wednesday he filed the “Protecting Florida Seniors from Financial Fraud Act,” seeking to safeguard Floridians in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).
“Unfortunately, the conduct of a few bad actors, specifically the management of one CCRC in my community, has highlighted the need to increase oversight of these organizations,” the eastern Hillsborough County state senator said in a statement from his office. “Current statute does not adequately protect residents and employees against facility insolvency, loss of provider assets, and loss of resident investments. It’s essential to address these issues to ensure CCRCs can fulfill their obligations to one of the most

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Bring on the orange juice: Denise Grimsley schedules breakfast fundraiser for March 7

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

It’s never too early in the day to start fundraising.
Sen. Denise Grimsley is scheduled to hold a fundraising reception for her 2018 bid for Agriculture Commissioner at 7:30 a.m. on March 7 at Florida Finance Strategies, 111-B East College Avenue in Tallahassee.
The reception, according to a copy of the invitation, is hosted by Sens. Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley, Rob Bradley, Anitere Flores, George Gainer, Bill Galvano, Rene Garcia, Jack Latvala, Tom Lee, Debbie Mayfield, David Simmons, Wilton Simpson, Kelli Stargel, and Greg Steube.
The breakfast fundraiser comes just hours before the start of the 2017 Legislative Session.
A Sebring Republican, Grimsley

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Legislation to require unanimous jury rulings for the death penalty advances in Florida Senate

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The state of Florida took another step towards the mainstream of American jurisprudence when a Senate committee Wednesday approved a proposal that would require a unanimous verdict from a jury to sentence a prisoner to the death penalty.
The Senate Rules Committee approved a measure (SB 280) sponsored by Orlando Democrat Randolph Bracy that would replace the current state law that calls for at least 10 of the 12 jurors to recommend death, and make it unanimous for the death penalty to be imposed. That follow a similar measure passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
The death penalty in Florida has effectively been suspended since

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Richard Corcoran: ‘Zero’ chance Bucs get state money for stadium

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn’t hold their breath for any state subsidy to renovate Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran told WTSP’s Noah Pransky in an interview there was “zero” chance his chamber will fund the pro football team’s $10 million subsidy request – and didn’t think the Senate would go along either.
The Bucs “applied under a statutory scheme put in place” that may be eliminated, he said. The team is the only professional team seeking money from the state this year.
Sen. Tom Lee, a Tampa Bay-area Republican, last month filed legislation to do away with

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Jeff Atwater’s surprise departure makes CFO job the hottest in state

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Never mind who’s running for Governor in 2018, Floridians want to know which Republicans are in the running for Florida Chief Financial Officer now that CFO Jeff Atwater announced he is leaving this year, with speculation starting with Tom Grady, Tom Lee, Will Weatherford and Teresa Jacobs and including seven or eight others.
Grady, a securities lawyer who is a former state representative who also has held several positions in state government, is widely reported as a close friend of Gov. Rick Scott, who will select a replacement for Atwater for the nearly two full years left in the term.
Weatherford, a venture capital and business consultant, is a former Speaker of the House who

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FMA agenda: Doctors want insurance companies to get out of their way

Monday, January 30th, 2017
The Florida Medical Association released its legislative priorities for 2017; removing interference by insurance companies in doctor’s decisions about patient care is prominent on the list.
“The FMA believes in promoting the highest standards of medical care, maintaining choice for patients in a free-market health care system, and preserving the sacred relationship between patients and their physicians,” the document says.
“The best way to achieve these objectives is by advocating for public policy that establishes fair and transparent insurance markets, reduces onerous red tape, and eliminates bureaucratic hassles that impede care and harm patients.”
First, the priority is a direct primary care system,

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Senate Community Affairs Committee passes Florida Building Code reform

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
By unanimous vote, the Senate Community Affairs Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would change the way the state makes changes to the Florida Building Code.
Every three years the Florida Building Commission votes on whether to automatically accept the entire international building code, or amend it with certain provisions of the international code.
LobbyTools reports that if passed, SB 7000 would require the commission to use the most recent published edition of the Florida Building Code as the foundation, and mandate the committee to review, rather than update, the Code every three years. The measure would also delete the provision

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Bill Galvano’s higher-ed reform bills sail through Senate committee

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Two bills that would increase Bright Future scholarship benefits and rework how colleges and universities measure progress and deal with top professors sailed through the Florida Senate Education Committee Monday.
Senate Bills 2 and 4, both introduced by Sen. Bill Galvano, drew some concerns about how they might affect non-traditional and working students but little opposition, as Galvano assured committee members he shared and would be addressing those concerns.
“The thrust of this bill is not to somehow put additional pressure on a student, or mess with the opportunities they have by putting additional requirements on what the students achieve,” Galvano,

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Legislative hopefuls file to run in 2018, 2020

Friday, January 13th, 2017
More lawmakers are gearing up for a re-election bid.
State elections records show dozens of members of the state House and Senate have filed to run for re-election in 2018, and several more are looking ahead to 2020.
Sen. Greg Steube is one of those lawmakers who is starting to think about his next race. The Sarasota Republican filed to run for re-election in Senate District 23 on Jan. 10. Steube replaced Sen. Nancy Detert, winning the seat after a hard-fought Republican primary last year.
When it comes to 2018, House members are staking their claim on their seats for another two

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Hillsborough County PTC may be on way out after local delegation approves bill to kill it

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The troubled Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission was given a terminal diagnoses on Friday, after the members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation voted unanimously to support a local bill proposed by Tampa Republican House member Jamie Grant that would kill the agency on December 31, 2017, with the County Commission picking up its regulatory duties after that.
“The public has lost complete faith in the ability of this agency to regulate credibly, equitably and efficiently,” Grant said before the entire delegation vote in support of his bill.
The proposal was similar to a previous bill that Grant brought to the local delegation in 2013 that

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Hillsborough County PTC may be on way out after local delegation approves bill to kill it

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The troubled Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission was given a terminal diagnoses on Friday, after the members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation voted unanimously to support a local bill proposed by Tampa Republican House member Jamie Grant that would kill the agency on December 31, 2017, with the County Commission picking up its regulatory duties after that.
“The public has lost complete faith in the ability of this agency to regulate credibly, equitably and efficiently,” Grant said before the entire delegation vote in support of his bill.
The proposal was similar to a previous bill that Grant brought to the local delegation in 2013 that

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Hillsborough County PTC may be on way out after local delegation approves bill to kill it

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The troubled Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission was given a terminal diagnoses on Friday, after the members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation voted unanimously to support a local bill proposed by Tampa Republican House member Jamie Grant that would kill the agency on December 31, 2017, with the County Commission picking up its regulatory duties after that.
“The public has lost complete faith in the ability of this agency to regulate credibly, equitably and efficiently,” Grant said before the entire delegation vote in support of his bill.
The proposal was similar to a previous bill that Grant brought to the local delegation in 2013 that

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Hillsborough legislative delegation to meet December 16

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
With Tallahassee a four-hour drive away, the annual meeting of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation to be held in two weeks in Tampa could very possibly be the only time local residents can address their state representative(s).

That meeting will take place on Friday, December 16 at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, from 9 a.m. to 3.p.m.
The Delegation consists of 13 members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives that represent all or parts of Hillsborough County. Senators Dana Young, Bill Galvano, Darryl Rouson will join Brandon area state Senator Tom Lee , who serves this year as the

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Dana Young named to chair Health Care policy committee in Florida Senate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Dana Young has been named as chair of Health Care policy in the Florida state Senate. The South Tampa Republican, who was elected to the Legislature’s upper chamber earlier this month in SD 18, will also serve as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Senate President Joe Negron handed out such assignments to his charges in the Senate on Tuesday for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.
Other Hillsborough County area senators who learned that they would chair committees include Bill Galvano, who will chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Senator Galvano previously served as Majority Leader to the Florida Senate during the 2014-2016 legislative term,

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Dana Young named to chair Health Care policy committee in Florida Senate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Dana Young has been named as chair of Health Care policy in the Florida state Senate. The South Tampa Republican, who was elected to the Legislature’s upper chamber earlier this month in SD 18, will also serve as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Senate President Joe Negron handed out such assignments to his charges in the Senate on Tuesday for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.
Other Hillsborough County area senators who learned that they would chair committees include Bill Galvano, who will chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Senator Galvano previously served as Majority Leader to the Florida Senate during the 2014-2016 legislative term,

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Tom Lee files constitutional amendment on property taxes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
State Sen. Tom Lee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment to keep “dramatic increases in annual property tax assessments” in check on vacation homes and other properties.
Lee, a Brandon Republican, filed SJR 76 on Monday.
“Failure to pass this joint resolution will result in one of the largest tax increases in the history of our state,” Lee said in a statement. “Florida voters will have the ultimate say on the 2018 ballot, but it is the legislature’s responsibility to act in a timely manner so these important provisions don’t expire.”
The amendment, which would apply to Section 27 of Article XII of the

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Final round-up of the money chase in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
On Friday, candidates released their final campaign finance reports before Election Day, and reports out of Senate District 18 show Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young pressing her fundraising advantage in the race with $1.2 million in spending.
Young spent more than $500,000 of campaign’s war chest in between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3, most of it heading to a media buy with Mentzer Media Services.
The exiting House Majority Leader also raised $67,000 for her SD 18 campaign, leaving her with about $113,000 on hand in her campaign account heading into the final few days of the election cycle.
Her political committee,

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Lawmakers get grim budget news for next year

Monday, September 12th, 2016
Florida is likely to basically break even next year in terms of its state budget, lawmakers heard Monday.
The Joint Legislative Budget Commission met in the Capitol to hear the latest financial outlook for 2017-18: Present income and outgo estimates leave Florida with a relatively scanty $7.5 million left over out of about $32.2 billion in available revenue.
The current year’s budget is roughly $82 billion, for example, after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a total of $256 million in spending. Roughly two-thirds of the yearly budget goes toward health care and education.
After the meeting, Republican lawmakers stressed that the state didn’t have a revenue shortage, it had

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Bob Sparks: Despite court requirements, new congressional maps will put few incumbents at risk

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
The dartboard known as the draft Florida congressional district maps is receiving the kind of comments and attacks one might expect. Some are happy, but others fall into the range of sad and outraged. In the end, few new faces are likely to join the Congressional Club in 2017.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, for one, is content. The proposed map reflects no changes to his Western Panhandle district.
Miller’s Republican colleague, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, sees the writing on the wall in what he describes as an “uncompetitive” district for a Republican.
“This new plan not only disfavors an incumbent, but it

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