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PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
DREW PARKER has joined Radey Law Firm... Read the Personnel File

DUI VIDEO CASE DIVIDES SUPREME COURT
JIM SAUNDERS |
The deputy's dashcam video showed a dark-colored pickup truck traveling down a Clay County road in the early morning hours... Story

GRIMSLEY TO RUN FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER
JIM SAUNDERS |
Florida Sen. Denise Grimsley said Wednesday she will run for agriculture commissioner in 2018, becoming the first lawmaker or statewide political figure to announce a bid for an open Cabinet seat or the governor's office... Story

COURT SAYS UBER DRIVERS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
DARA KAM |
Siding with the San Francisco-based technology giant, a Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld a decision by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that Uber drivers are independent contractors --- not employees --- and therefore not eligible for unemployment benefits... Story

STATE EMPLOYEE PAY HIKES ON THE TABLE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Florida would have more state employees, and at least some of them would make more money, under a budget proposal unveiled this week by Gov. Rick Scott... Story

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2017

SCOTT TRIES TO RALLY SUPPORT IN INCENTIVES FIGHT
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday urged members of Enterprise Florida to lobby lawmakers as the business-recruitment agency and tourism-marketer Visit Florida have been put on the chopping block by House leaders... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: PUTNAM SAYS RURAL AREAS GET 'SHORT SHRIFT'
JIM SAUNDERS AND JIM TURNER |
Since Gov. Rick Scott took office slightly more than six years ago, he has focused --- some would say almost singularly --- on a message of jobs, jobs, jobs... Read the Briefing

SENATE LOOKS TO 'BLOCK' TUITION FOR UNIVERSITIES
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
The Florida Senate will move forward next week with a proposal that would require all 12 state universities to adopt a "block" tuition policy by the fall of 2018... Story

BUSINESS LEADERS WARILY WATCH INCENTIVES DEBATE
JIM TURNER |
Several hundred business leaders met Thursday in Orlando to talk about job creation across Florida, with a focus clearly on Tallahassee... Story

MORGAN, LATVALA TEST WATERS IN GOVERNOR'S RACE
BRANDON LARRABEE AND DARA KAM |
Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray... Story

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2017

COURT REJECTS LAWSUIT OVER LOCAL GUN ORDINANCES
JIM SAUNDERS |
An appeals court Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by gun-rights groups that challenged the city of Tallahassee over decades-old firearms ordinances that conflict with state law... Story

SCOTT CONFIDENT AGENCIES WILL SURVIVE SESSION
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott wouldn't say Friday whether he would sign a budget from the Legislature that fails to include his requests for tourism-marketing and business-recruitment money... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5, 2017
STAFF |
Florida lawmakers during the coming week will return to Tallahassee for committee meetings and will take up key issues such as death-penalty sentencing laws, changes in the higher-education system and the future of economic-incentive programs... Read the Advances

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: EVERYBODY'S TALKING
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Like any capital city, Tallahassee is often dominated by talk --- from rumors about running for office, to discussion of policy proposals, to analysis of how the latter might influence the former... Read the Roundup

REED REMEMBERED AS 'GIANT IN HIGHER EDUCATION'
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
State officials, education leaders, family and friends gathered Friday at Florida State University to remember Charles B. Reed, who died in December after serving 27 years as the leader of two of the largest university systems in the nation... Story

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2017

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
AKERMAN LLP lobbyists Eliakim Nortelus and David Roberts have registered to lobby for AltaSci, LLC. STACY ARIAS has registered to lobby for RELX Inc. BRAD ASHWELL has registered to lobby for the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection... Story

SUGAR FARMERS BALK AT SELLING LAND FOR RESERVOIR
JIM TURNER |
Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won't be "willing sellers" to the state... Story

JOYNER, COXE, MARTINEZ NAMED TO CONSTITUTION PANEL
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court on Monday named the first three of 36 people who will serve with Attorney General Pam Bondi on the Constitution Revision Commission, an initial step toward potentially overhauling the state Constitution... Story

SENATORS MOVE FORWARD WITH STATE COLLEGE CHANGES
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
A bill that would create a new governance board for state colleges and limit their ability to expand baccalaureate degrees cleared its first Senate committee Monday, although the measure drew plenty of questions... Story

LAWMAKERS BACK UNANIMOUS JURIES IN DEATH CASES
DARA KAM |
Florida juries would have to unanimously agree that defendants should be condemned to death for the sentence to be imposed, under a proposal given swift and overwhelming approval at its first Senate committee Monday... Story

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2017

FPL CUSTOMERS TO PAY HURRICANE COSTS
JIM TURNER |
Whether they took the brunt of Hurricane Matthew or experienced a rainy breeze, Florida Power & Light customers will spend the next year paying for the utility's response to the early October storm... Story

SCOTT, CORCORAN INCENTIVES DEBATE GETS PERSONAL
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
With a House committee poised to approve a bill that would eliminate economic-development and tourism programs, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday personally criticized House Speaker Richard Corcoran, accusing him of using the issue to further his political career... Story

COURT QUESTIONS STUDENT 'OPT OUT' ARGUMENTS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
An appeals court sounded skeptical Tuesday of a Leon County judge's ruling that the state and the Hernando County School Board erred in their approach to students who "opted out" of a state standardized test... Story

PUBLIC RECORDS FEE FIGHT RE-EMERGES
JIM SAUNDERS |
Reopening a debate about Florida's Sunshine Law, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a proposal that would give judges discretion in deciding whether to award attorney fees in public-records lawsuits... Story

TIE VOTE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO RED LIGHT CAMERAS
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
The annual effort to ban red-light cameras in Florida crashed Tuesday when the Senate Transportation Committee rejected the idea in a tie vote... Story

NEGRON WATER PLAN CLEARS FIRST HURDLE
JIM TURNER |
Senate President Joe Negron's plan to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to try to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways drew unanimous support Tuesday at its first Senate committee... Story

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2017

LEGAL POT CAUSES HEADACHES FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS
DARA KAM |
The seductive lure of neon flashing lights, explosions endangering workers and first responders, and bandits enticed by stockpiles of cash... Story

JUSTICES OBJECT TO VIDEO HEARINGS IN 'BAKER ACT' CASES
JIM SAUNDERS |
A skeptical Florida Supreme Court has moved to at least temporarily block Lee County judges from holding videoconference hearings in cases about whether mentally ill people should be involuntarily committed to treatment facilities... Story

HOUSE MOVES FORWARD IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FEUD
JIM TURNER |
A House proposal that would kill Gov. Rick Scott's prized economic-development and tourism agencies began moving forward Wednesday over Scott's growing public objections... Story

BRIGHT FUTURES, BLOCK TUITION CHANGES BACKED
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
With debates over block tuition at state universities and graduating state college students more quickly, a Senate panel Wednesday backed a bill that would expand Bright Futures scholarships, impose stricter graduation standards and increase financial aid for first-generation students... Story

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2017

JUDICIAL TERM LIMITS GET BACKING IN HOUSE
JIM SAUNDERS |
Despite opposition from an array of legal groups, a House panel Thursday backed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place term limits on Florida Supreme Court justices and state appeals-court judges... Story

LIQUOR, SELF-DEFENSE BILLS MOVING IN SENATE
JIM TURNER |
Controversial proposals that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores and shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases were set up Thursday to be among the first items the Senate could approve when the annual legislative session begins next month... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: A NEW TWIST ON ABORTION DEBATE
JIM SAUNDERS AND JIM TURNER |
The abortion wars are back in Tallahassee... Read the Briefing

STATE COLLEGES DEFEND FOUR-YEAR DEGREES
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
The Florida College System chancellor on Thursday defended the ability of state colleges to offer four-year degree programs, saying the approval process for new baccalaureate degrees is "rigorous" and that students receiving the degrees remain a small part of overall enrollment... Story

SENATE TRIES TO AVOID BUDGET RULES CONFLICT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
In a bid to avoid a bitter fight over the state budget, the Senate on Thursday unveiled a new rule that would govern how lawmakers handle local projects sprinkled through the spending plan for the year that begins July 1... Story

INQUIRY DROPPED AFTER LAWYER EXITS DEATH CASES
DARA KAM |
The Florida Supreme Court chief justice Thursday dropped an investigation into a lawyer who repeatedly missed critical deadlines in death penalty cases, after she resigned from a statewide registry that made her eligible to represent defendants in capital cases... Story

HOUSE DRAWS ROADMAP FOR DEEPWATER HORIZON MONEY
JIM TURNER |
Northwest Florida projects eyed to receive settlement money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill would require gubernatorial and legislative approval, under a measure proposed by a House committee... Story

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ATWATER RESIGNING AFTER SESSION
STAFF |
February 10, 2017 State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced Friday that he will resign from his Cabinet position after the 2017 legislative session wraps up. Atwater, a Republican, said he will accept an executive position at Florida Atlantic University. Atwater unsuccessfully sought the presidency at FAU three years ago. "I am honored to join FAU in such a significant capacity," Atwater said. "While I would have preferred to embrace this opportunity at a later date, the timing of crucial university initiatives warranted an accelerated transition." Gov. Rick Scott will appoint Atwater's replacement. The News Service will have a full story later Friday.

JUDGE SIDES WITH BAKERY OVER ANTI-GAY MESSAGE
DARA KAM |
A mother-and-daughter bakery did not discriminate against a potential customer when the owners refused to make a cake with an anti-gay slogan, an administrative law judge decided this week... Story

ATWATER STEPPING DOWN FROM CABINET POST
JIM TURNER |
State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced Friday he will leave his elected position for a job at Florida Atlantic University after the upcoming legislative session... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12, 2017
STAFF |
Florida lawmakers during the coming week will focus heavily on Gov. Rick Scott's $83.5 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1... Read the Advances

SENATE PLAN SEEKS STATE COLLEGE BOARD
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
For two decades, Florida's state colleges, then known as community colleges, were under a 13-member state board... Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
At another time, it might not be unusual for the governor to accuse the House speaker of being more concerned about politics than jobs... Read the Roundup

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
SCOTT SHALLEY has been named president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation... Read the Personnel File

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
GEORGE OSCAR ANDERSON has registered to lobby for American Traffic Solutions, Inc. and The Gasparilla Inn & Club... Story

GUN BILLS LINE UP IN LEGISLATURE
JIM TURNER |
A measure that would reduce the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public and make it a non-criminal offense has been filed in the House... Story

STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM FACES REBRANDING
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Florida's first community college, known as a “junior college,” opened in Palm Beach County in 1933... Story

GILLUM RAISES PROFILE AHEAD OF 2018
BRANDON LARRABEE |
On a cool, clear day last week in Tallahassee, a handful of reporters were outside City Hall, listening to Mayor Andrew Gillum and a couple of activists attack a state bill that would essentially bar local governments from passing regulations on business... Story

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: FLORIDA 'WATER WAR' ARGUMENTS REJECTED
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
A special master recommended Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court rule against Florida in a legal battle with Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Florida filed a lawsuit alleging that Georgia diverts too much water from the river system, damaging Apalachicola Bay and the Franklin County seafood industry. The News Service will have a full story later Tuesday. --END-- 2/14/2017 © 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

SCOTT TAX CUT PLAN DRAWS DOUBTS
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott may be "a little ambitious" in seeking $618.4 million in tax cuts, a key lawmaker said Tuesday, while others said the proposed cuts favor corporations over individual Floridians... Story

HOUSE PUTS FOCUS ON LOCAL ETHICS RULES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A House committee unanimously approved an overhaul of local ethics rules Tuesday, paving the way for legislation that would require more stringent financial disclosure by some city officials and create a state registration system for local lobbyists... Story

HOUSE PANEL TAKES AIM AT NORTH FLORIDA JUDGE
DARA KAM |
A key House panel Tuesday used a judge accused of once throwing his law firm's clients "under the bus" --- and whose case has awaited action from the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year --- to highlight the chamber's dissatisfaction with how judicial wrongdoing is handled... Story

FLORIDA SUFFERS SETBACK IN WATER WARS
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
In a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U. S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River... Story

UF PRESIDENT BACKS TEACHER FUNDS, BLOCK TUITION
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs said Tuesday that taking Florida's research universities to the "next level" will be a key in advancing the state's economy... Story

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

DEATH PENALTY FIX ON THE FAST TRACK
DARA KAM |
A proposal that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed sailed through its first House vetting Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee... Story

LAWMAKERS UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO LIMIT TESTING TIME
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Leading members of the House and Senate unveiled legislation Wednesday that they said could help reduce the amount of time Florida public school students spend on standardized tests during the school year... Story

NELSON, DUNN WADE INTO 'WATER WAR' AFTER SETBACK
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
With an adverse legal decision in the ongoing "water war" with Georgia, Florida congressional members on Wednesday began taking steps to reassert Florida's claim that regional water policies are hurting Apalachicola Bay... Story

CHANGES IN STORE FOR `LIQUOR WALL' PLAN
JIM TURNER |
A controversial proposal that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores was nearly capped in its first House committee as lawmakers expressed concerns about who could handle the bottles... Story

NEGRON OUTLINES CRC PRIORITIES, NAMES MEMBERS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Two former state senators, the president of The Florida Bar and a defender of former Gov. Jeb Bush's education legacy were among those named to the Constitution Revision Commission by Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, on Wednesday... Story

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

HOUSE MOVES TO WITHDRAW FROM REFUGEE PROGRAM
JIM TURNER |
State House members took the first step Thursday in seeking to withdraw Florida from a federal refugee-assistance program... Story

JUSTICES GO AGAINST LEGISLATURE ON EXPERT WITNESSES
JIM SAUNDERS |
Pointing to "grave constitutional concerns," the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a controversial 2013 move by lawmakers to tighten a standard for expert witnesses in legal cases... Story

SUPREME COURT BLOCKS ABORTION WAITING PERIOD
DARA KAM |
In another in a string of rulings siding with abortion-rights advocates, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a 2015 law that would have required women to wait 24 hours before having abortions... Story

TOURISM NUMBERS UP AMID VISIT FLORIDA FEUD
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott, embroiled in a fight with House leaders over the future of the state's tourism-marketing agency, said Thursday that Florida hit record tourism numbers in 2016... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: HOUSE EYES TORRENT OF LEGAL FEES
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER AND JIM TURNER |
Florida's stinging setback in its "water war" with Georgia is only going to add more scrutiny to the enormous legal bills the state has racked up over the past few years... Read the Briefing

COLLEGE PRESIDENTS OPPOSE SENATE FUNDING PROPOSAL
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Florida college presidents say they are opposed to a new performance-based funding measure that will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee next week... Story

APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST STATE IN `DOCS VS. GLOCKS'
DARA KAM |
Siding with a coalition of individual doctors and medical groups, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that major portions of a controversial Florida law restricting physicians and other health-care providers from asking patients about guns is unconstitutional... Story

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

RUBIO, NELSON TARGET APALACHICOLA WATER STANDARDS
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Following an adverse legal decision, Florida's two U. S. senators have joined forces to urge the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to not finalize water-control standards for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin... Story

HOUSE, SENATE ON DIFFERENT GAMBLING TRACKS
DARA KAM |
A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's pari-mutuels, putting the House at odds with a gambling industry-friendly plan floated by Senate Republican leaders... Story

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
ERICA ATALLA has registered to lobby for Netsmart Technologies... Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: COURTING OPPOSITION
BRANDON LARRABEE |
There was already plenty of anti-judiciary invective being hurled around the Legislature in the run-up to the 2017 legislative session, and this week may have intensified the tension... Read the Roundup

HOUSE FILES SUIT OVER LOTTERY CONTRACT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The House of Representatives filed a lawsuit late Friday accusing the Florida Lottery of illegally signing a long-term contract for ticket sales, escalating a feud between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a week before the legislative session begins... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19, 2017
STAFF |
Florida lawmakers during the coming week will hold three days of committee meetings as they prepare for the March 7 start of the annual legislative session... Read the Advances

 

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