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SENATE TRIES TO BRING 'PEACE' WITH GROVELAND FOUR APOLOGY
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Hoping to provide closure in a decades-old case of racial injustice, the Senate formally apologized Thursday for the prosecution and persecution of four black men accused of raping a white woman in 1949... Story

HOUSE SESSION, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 27, 2017
STAFF |
CONVENED: After a recess, the House reconvened at 2:04 p. m. , Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, presiding... Read the Session Summary

SENATE SESSION, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 27, 2017
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I want to thank you for being the problem solver you are," Baxley said... Read the Session Summary

STATE DEFENDS SHIFTING DEATH PENALTY CASES
DARA KAM |
Lawyers for the state maintain that Gov. Rick Scott had the power to reassign 23 death-penalty cases to a different prosecutor after Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced she would not seek capital punishment for defendants charged with capital crimes... Story

DEMOCRATS COULD BLOCK CORCORAN PRIORITY
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
As a sign of "increasing weight" in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners... Story

'STAND YOUR GROUND' CHANGE REMAINS IN LIMBO
JIM TURNER |
High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with "stand your ground" self-defense cases... Story

HOUSE SESSION, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 2017
STAFF |
CONVENED: The House convened at 10:30 a. m. , Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, presiding... Read the Session Summary

LAWMAKERS INCH CLOSER TO GAMBLING DEAL
DARA KAM |
The Seminole Tribe would not be required to guarantee $3 billion in payments to the state in exchange for adding craps and roulette to the tribe's casino operations, under the latest offer in gambling negotiations between the House and Senate... Story

SENATE SESSION, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 2017
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CONVENED: The Senate convened at 10 a. m. , President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, presiding... Read the Session Summary

BREAKING NEWS: BUDGET TALKS READY TO START
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron announced Thursday they have reached agreement on budget "allocations" and that formal conference talks will start Thursday afternoon on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Allocations are a critical first step and determine, in part, how much money will go to each broad area of the budget. Lawmakers are trying to approve a budget before the scheduled May 5 end of the legislative session. The News Service will have a full story later Thursday. --END-- 4/27/2017 © 2017 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. Independent and Indispensable http://www.newsserviceflorida.com


HOUSE SESSION, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
STAFF |
CONVENED: The House convened at 10:30 a. m. , Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, presiding... Read the Session Summary

STATE BUDGET DETAILS YET TO EMERGE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
House and Senate leaders continued negotiating the state budget behind closed doors Wednesday, more than 24 hours after saying they had an early agreement on the overall size of the spending plan... Story

HOUSE PUSHES FOR TAX CUTS
JIM TURNER |
House leaders will be able to boast they moved forward Wednesday with a potential $2.2 billion in tax cuts, but it remains unknown what breaks Floridians will get from the legislative session... Story

'LIQUOR WALL' FIGHT HEADS TO GOVERNOR
JIM TURNER |
Owners of small liquor stores want Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure narrowly approved by the House that would allow retail giants to stock liquor on the shelves alongside groceries and other goods... Story

SENATE APOLOGIZES FOR DOZIER ABUSE
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
With one senator pointing Wednesday to "violations of fundamental human decency," the Florida Legislature has formally apologized for the mistreatment of juveniles held at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna... Story

LAWMAKERS MOVE CLOSER TO GAMBLING DEAL
DARA KAM |
After years of stalemate, House and Senate leaders appear to be closing in on a deal to revamp Florida's gambling industry and strike an agreement with the Seminole Tribe in what could be a considerable expansion of gambling throughout the state... Story

SENATE SESSION, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
STAFF |
CONVENED: The Senate convened at 10 a. m. , President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, presiding... Read the Session Summary


HOUSE, SENATE LEADERS AGREE ON BUDGET OUTLINE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
House and Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday on the broad outline of a budget after a topsy-turvy day at the Capitol, clearing the way for negotiations that could allow the session to end as scheduled on May 5... Story

HOUSE SESSION, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
STAFF |
CONVENED: The House convened at 10:30 a. m. , Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, presiding... Read the Session Summary

HOUSE TAKES AIM AT 'LIQUOR WALL'
JIM TURNER |
A heavily lobbied measure that would remove a Depression-era "wall" separating the sale of liquor and groceries was positioned --- after more than two hours of discussion Tuesday --- for a final House vote as soon as Wednesday... Story

MARIJUANA BILL MOVING TO FULL SENATE
DARA KAM |
Florida patients wouldn't have to wait 90 days to purchase marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a proposal on its way to the Senate floor for a vote... Story

HOUSE STARTS MOVING ON 'SAFETY VALVE' BUDGET
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Even as rumors of a last-minute spending deal circulated in the Capitol, the House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday morning to move forward with a bare-bones budget in an attempt to avoid a special legislative session --- or at least the blame for one... Story


HOUSE REVAMPS TRAUMA CARE PLAN
JIM SAUNDERS |
A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in the state --- but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open... Story

PENSION, HEALTH CARE OVERHAULS ADVANCE IN SENATE
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
A Senate committee on Monday narrowly backed a controversial change in the state pension plan and endorsed an overhaul of the health-insurance program for state employees... Story


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BUDGET DEAL WILL GIVE RAISE TO STATE WORKERS

Legislative leaders announced Thursday that, after some false starts, they have reached agreement on a broad budget outline that will allow final negotiations on the spending plan to move forward...

HOUSE READY TO APPROVE TRAUMA CARE CHANGES

The Florida House could vote as soon as Friday to approve changes to criteria for opening new trauma centers, after years of legal battling about the approval of trauma facilities...

LICENSE TAGS COULD GO TO DOGS (AND TIGERS)

Move over Gators and Seminoles...


FRESEN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX CHARGE

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Aug. 18 after former state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, pleaded guilty Wednesday to failing to file a 2011 tax return, according to court documents...

BILL WOULD REVAMP SELECTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES

The Florida House signed off Wednesday on a measure that would give the governor and Cabinet control of appointing administrative law judges, who make decisions on state agency actions...

HOUSE BACKS SECRECY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SEARCHES

The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would keep secret information about initial pools of applicants for university and state-college presidential positions and other top academic posts...

HOUSE GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO BARAHONA BILL

In one of the state's most-notorious child welfare cases in recent years, the House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that calls for paying $3.75 million in the death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and injuries suffered by her brother, Victor...

HOUSE BACKS 'ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS' CHANGES

With the issue appearing stuck in the Senate, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill dealing with a controversial insurance issue known as “assignment of benefits...

BOAT REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS HEAD TO SCOTT

The Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would expand registration-fee discounts for boat owners who have locator beacons...

NEGRON SAYS DEAL REACHED ON 'SUBSTANCE' OF BUDGET

Senate President Joe Negron said late Wednesday morning that the House and Senate "have reached an agreement on the substance" of a new state budget...

VOTERS WILL CONSIDER EXTENDING TAX CAP

Florida voters next year will decide whether to extend a tax cap on the values of non-homestead properties...

SENATE PASSES FINANCIAL LITERACY BILL, HONORS HUKILL

After years of Sen. Dorothy Hukill pursuing the idea, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure that would require future high-school students to earn a half-credit in financial literacy before graduation...


GAMBLING TALKS CONTINUE WEDNESDAY

House and Senate negotiators are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning as they continue trying to reach agreement on a closely watched gambling bill...

HOUSE READY TO VOTE ON WAITING PERIOD EXEMPTION

A proposal aimed at allowing active, certified law-enforcement officers to be exempt from waiting periods for gun purchases is ready for a vote by the full House...

DOZIER APOLOGY GETS SENATE BACKING

The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution that would apologize for the mistreatment of juveniles at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna...

HOUSE POISED TO PASS TAX CUT PACKAGE

Up to $2.2 billion in tax breaks could be approved on the House floor Wednesday as a number of proposals, including a constitutional amendment that would expand savings on property taxes, advanced Tuesday...

UTILITY NATURAL GAS INVESTMENTS GET BACKING

A bill that would let electric utilities recoup costs of investing in exploratory natural-gas projects in other states cleared its final Senate committee on Tuesday...

LOTTERY WARNING READY FOR HOUSE APPROVAL

Lottery players in Florida would be warned about the addictive nature of the state-sponsored games, under a measure the House may scratch off its to-do list as early as Wednesday...

HOUSE POISED TO PASS 'ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS' BILL

The House could vote as soon as Wednesday on a controversial bill that deals with a practice known as "assignment of benefits" in property-insurance claims...

HOUSE SCRAPS PROPOSAL FOR MEDICAID PREMIUMS

The House on Tuesday backed away from a proposal that sought to require Medicaid beneficiaries to pay monthly premiums...

CANDIDATES FILE FOR BRODEUR, STONE SEATS

With Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, facing term limits next year, a Democrat has emerged to run for his seat...

SENATE MOVES FORWARD WITH DIRECT PRIMARY CARE

With supporters saying the proposal would provide more flexibility in health care, a key Senate committee Tuesday approved moving forward in Florida with what are known as "direct primary care" agreements...

'TAMPON TAX' CUT READY TO GO TO SENATE FLOOR

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal that would provide a sales-tax exemption for tampons and other feminine-hygiene products...

LOBBYIST BACKS AWAY FROM FLORIDA FOREVER COMMENTS

Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida and a prominent environmental lobbyist, released a statement Tuesday walking back concerns about a House measure that would alter the distribution of money for land conservation...


MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL HEADED TO FULL HOUSE

A House medical-marijuana plan sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is ready for a floor vote after a key committee approved the proposal (HB 1397) late Monday afternoon...

AHCA CHIEF SAYS TALKS CONTINUE ON LIP MONEY

Facing questions from senators Monday during a confirmation hearing, Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Justin Senior said state officials are continuing to negotiate with the federal government about money in the Low Income Pool program...

SCOTT WILL SIGN RIDESHARING BILL

Gov. Rick Scott is on board with ridesharing...

SCOTT TO SPEAK AT NRA CONVENTION

Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida Congressman Allen West will join President Donald Trump as speakers Friday at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Atlanta...

CONSTITUTION PANEL SETS HEARING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The state Constitution Revision Commission on Monday released details of a public hearing May 10 in Fort Myers, as the panel continues to gather input from across the state...

GAMBLING TALKS SET TO RESUME

House and Senate negotiators are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon to resume talks on a gambling agreement...

HOUSE PANEL BACKS PRIVATE MEETINGS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS

In what would be a substantial change to the state's Sunshine Law, a House committee Monday approved a bill that would allow private one-on-one meetings of local elected officials...

FALLEN LAW OFFICERS REMEMBERED AT CAPITOL

Hundreds of law-enforcement officers from across Florida gathered Monday at the state Capitol to remember seven of their colleagues who died in the line of duty in 2016, along with three officers who died decades ago...

SENATE BALKS AT POSSIBLE 'CONTINUATION' BUDGET

With eight days to go until the deadline for a deal on the state budget, negotiations appear to have stalled over how much lawmakers will spend in the year that begins July 1...

SCOTT PITCHES FLORIDA TRADE IN ARGENTINA

After spending much of the weekend monitoring wildfires in Southwest Florida and other parts of the state, Gov. Rick Scott is slated to hold a series of meetings Monday in Argentina as part of an Enterprise Florida trade mission...


SCOTT NAMES THREE TO CIVIL RIGHTS HALL OF FAME

A former state lawmaker, an NAACP leader and a prominent civil-rights activist were named Friday by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame...

SUPREME COURT SETS ARGUMENTS IN BLOOD-ALCOHOL CASE

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Aug. 30 in an appeal by a Palm Beach County millionaire in a high-profile case related to testing drivers' blood-alcohol levels after traffic accidents...

SECOND REPUBLICAN SEEKS GOODSON HOUSE SEAT

With state Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge, facing term limits next year, a second candidate has emerged to try to succeed him in Brevard County's House District 51...

FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 4.8 PERCENT IN MARCH

With Gov. Rick Scott using the new numbers to push his legislative priorities, Florida had a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in March, down from 5 percent in February, according to a report released Friday...

SCOTT GOING TO ARGENTINA ON TRADE TRIP

Gov. Rick Scott is departing Saturday for Argentina as part of an Enterprise Florida trade mission next week in Buenos Aires...

EARNINGS INCREASE FOR FPL, PARENT FIRM

Florida Power & Light and its parent company, NextEra Energy, saw net income jump during the first three months of 2017, according to financial results released Friday...


ARTILES' ATTORNEY SEEKS RECUSALS

An attorney for Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, requested the recusals Thursday of Senate President Joe Negron and a Senate special master amid an inquiry into vulgar and racially charged comments Artiles made about other senators...

HOUSE SEEKS TO CRACK DOWN ON DEADLY FENTANYL

With bill sponsor Jim Boyd pointing to an opioid "crisis" in Florida, the House on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would increase criminal penalties related to the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl...

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS DEMOCRATS' BRIEF IN AYALA CASE

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a request by five Democratic lawmakers to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in a legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott about death-penalty cases...

PUBLIC RECORDS COMPROMISE GOES TO SCOTT

The Florida House on Thursday gave final approval to an attempted compromise in a debate about attorney fees in public-records lawsuits...

JUVENILE RECORDS BILL READY FOR HOUSE FLOOR

Legislation approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee would help juveniles expunge their arrest records after they complete diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses...

HOUSE BACKS DISCOUNTS ON BOAT REGISTRATIONS

The House on Thursday approved expansion of a registration-fee discount that several hundred recreational boaters in Florida have used...

EMPLOYEE INSURANCE CHANGES GET SENATE HEARING

With the issue a longtime priority of House Republican leaders, a Senate committee Monday is slated to consider a plan that would revamp the health-insurance program for state employees...

DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS SEEK TO FORMALLY BACK AYALA

Five Democratic lawmakers asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday for permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in a legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott about death-penalty cases...

SECOND DEMOCRAT PLANS RUN FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

West Palm Beach Democrat Daniel Sohn opened a campaign account this week to run for agriculture commissioner in 2018, becoming the second Democrat taking steps to seek the Cabinet post...


HOUSE APPROVES 'CERTIFICATE OF NEED' REPEAL

The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals...

SCOTT PITCHES DIKE REPAIRS TO TRUMP

Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee...

 
 
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