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NSF MONTHLY DIGEST FOR JULY 2017

SCOTT'S NET WORTH REBOUNDS
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott's net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents... Story

(EDITORS: Resending to correct percentage increase in the Cabinet's cumulative net worth.)
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott's net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents... Story

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN `STAND YOUR GROUND' CHANGES
JIM TURNER |
A Miami judge on Monday ruled that a change to the state's “stand your ground” self-defense law signed nearly a month ago by Gov. Rick Scott, intended to better protect the rights of defendants, is unconstitutional... Story

STATE STILL NOT TALKING ABOUT VOTER DATA REQUEST
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Despite a bipartisan backlash against a White House commission's request for information about states' voter rolls, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is still not saying whether Florida will provide the potentially sensitive information... Story

SCOTT SCHEDULES FIRST EXECUTION IN 18 MONTHS
DARA KAM |
Signaling a potential end to an 18-month hiatus for the state's embattled death penalty, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday rescheduled the execution date of convicted killer Mark James Asay for Aug. 27... Story

(EDITORS: Updating 3rd graf to include July 14 deadline for state to respond to request).
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Despite a bipartisan backlash against a White House commission's request for information about states' voter rolls, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is still not saying whether Florida will provide the potentially sensitive information... Story

WEDNESDAY, JULY 05, 2017

FPL PROJECT COULD TAKE FIRST STEP
JIM SAUNDERS |
State regulators next week could give an initial boost to a Florida Power & Light proposal to build an estimated $888 million power plant in Broward County --- part of a series of FPL projects to add new natural gas-plants... Story

GILLUM PRODS SCOTT ADMINISTRATION ON VOTER INFORMATION
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Trying to ratchet up political pressure on Gov. Rick Scott's administration to respond to a federal request for voter information, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Wednesday asked for state records concerning alleged voter fraud and the White House inquiry... Story

COURT FIGHT LOOMS FOR CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION LAW
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to move ahead with legal action against a sweeping new education law, an initial step toward a court clash over one of the legislative session's most controversial bills... Story

SCOTT, SEMINOLES STRIKE DEAL ON CARD GAMES
DARA KAM |
Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe have reached an agreement about the tribe's “exclusive” rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack, in a move that took the Legislature by surprise... Story

THURSDAY, JULY 06, 2017

LOBBYIST FILE --- DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JULY 6, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
BRIAN BALLARD has registered to lobby for the Florida Juvenile Justice Association... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: VENEZUELA REGIME COMES UNDER FLORIDA FIRE
JIM TURNER |
Venezuela's Maduro regime and the investment bank Goldman Sachs could be in the crosshairs of Florida politicians heading toward the 2018 legislative session... Read the Briefing

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDIGENT CARE LAW
JIM SAUNDERS |
In a case that could involve hundreds of millions of dollars, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law that directed Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for providing care to indigent patients... Story

MORGAN CHALLENGES MEDICAL MARIJUANA SMOKING BAN
DARA KAM |
Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana... Story

FLORIDA TO PROVIDE LIMITED VOTER INFORMATION TO PANEL
JIM TURNER |
With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission's request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will only provide publicly available data... Story

STATE FACES CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT ON HIGHER ED FUNDS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Two University of Florida alumni have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, saying lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott funneled money that should have gone to higher education into tax cuts and savings... Story

FRIDAY, JULY 07, 2017

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JULY 9, 2017
STAFF |
While the 2018 elections are still more than a year away, state political candidates, parties and committees will file reports by a Monday deadline showing how much money they are stockpiling... Read the Advances

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: REVENGE OF HISTORY
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once said: "History never really says goodbye... Read the Roundup

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

MOST LAWMAKERS ADD TO PERSONAL WEALTH
JIM TURNER |
Florida likely has a new richest lawmaker as the part-time Legislature prepares to return in September for committee meetings in advance of the 2018 session... Story

FUTURE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS IN SEVEN-FIGURE CLUB
JIM TURNER |
House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron are not among the dozens of millionaires in the Florida Legislature... Story

STATE WEIGHS CONCERNS ABOUT COBIA IN GULF
JIM TURNER |
Florida may take stopgap action because of concerns about a decline in the cobia fish population in the state's northwestern Gulf of Mexico waters... Story

LAWYER CRIES FOUL AS EXECUTION DATE LOOMS
DARA KAM |
A lawyer for a Death Row inmate scheduled to be executed next month is accusing Attorney General Pam Bondi of hoodwinking him into agreeing to a delay in a U. S. Supreme Court review... Story

SETTLEMENT REACHED ON SERVICES FOR DISABLED INMATES
DARA KAM |
In a move that could affect thousands of Florida inmates, attorneys representing disabled prisoners and the Department of Corrections have settled a lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs... Story

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

STATE LOOKS FOR MORE HUNTERS, ANGLERS
JIM TURNER |
Florida may proclaim itself the “fishing capital of the world,” but wildlife officials say they need more anglers to help cover costs of running state programs... Story

COURT CLEARS WAY FOR CHALLENGE TO WATER STANDARDS
JIM SAUNDERS |
Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures... Story

PUTNAM SETS PACE AS CANDIDATES SEEK CAMPAIGN CASH
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
While Adam Putnam raised another $2 million in June for his gubernatorial campaign, the three leading Democratic contenders hoping to succeed Gov. Rick Scott could not even match half of that total... Story

VOTERS REMAIN CONCERNED AS DATA REQUEST PUT ON HOLD
DARA KAM |
Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump... Story

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017

LOBBYIST FILE --- DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JULY 12, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
ALBERT BALIDO has registered to lobby for the estate of Eric Tenner and Saferenting... Story

EVEN WITHOUT ANNOUNCEMENT, SCOTT RUNS FOR SENATE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Calling Gov. Rick Scott's likely bid for the U. S. Senate an "open secret" would be a misnomer --- there's no secret there, open or otherwise... Story

STATE `JOB GROWTH' FUND OPENS FOR BUSINESS
JIM TURNER |
Florida is starting to accept pitches for $85 million that lawmakers have set aside for economic-development projects... Story

FLORIDA CITRUS HARVEST LOWEST IN DECADES
JIM TURNER |
The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season --- which, itself, had been at a five-decades low... Story

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TO LOOK AT IMPORTS OF SHARK FINS
JIM TURNER |
Florida wildlife officials want to look at banning the importation of shark fins through the state's ports... Story

JUSTICES REJECT CHALLENGE TO SCOTT CITRUS VETO
JIM SAUNDERS |
Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: STATE SPENDING MORE THAN ADVERTISED
JIM TURNER AND LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
An $82.418 billion budget approved by the Legislature in this spring's regular session was the largest in state history... Read the Briefing

PERSONNEL FILE --- PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, JULY 13, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
KEVIN LYSTAD has been installed as president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association... Read the Personnel File

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JULY 16, 2017
STAFF |
A Tallahassee-based appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially far-reaching case about whether Florida is providing an adequate public-education system... Read the Advances

LEVINE TOURS STATE AMID TALK OF GUBERNATORIAL BID
JIM TURNER |
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine rolled into the backyard of two potential Democratic gubernatorial opponents to talk sausage and sports on Friday... Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LOOKING FOR A `SILVER BULLET'
BRANDON LARRABEE |
For decades, the orange has been as important to Florida's self-image as sunshine, the beach and perhaps even Disney World... Read the Roundup

NELSON PITCHES PLAN TO EASE STUDENT DEBT
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Meeting with college students and recent graduates dealing with the burden of student debt, U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Friday outlined legislation that would cap rates on federal undergraduate loans at 4 percent and allow the refinancing of older loans at lower rates... Story

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

LOTTERY CONTRACT FIGHT PUT ON HOLD
JIM TURNER |
Amid settlement talks, a stay has been issued in the state House's challenge to the legality of a ticket-sales contract signed last year by the Florida Lottery... Story

FLORIDA HOPS PAST TEXAS IN AIRPORT PASSENGERS
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week touting the state's move ahead of Texas in the overall number of passengers boarding airplanes... Story

ABORTION WAITING PERIOD GOES BACK TO COURT
DARA KAM |
The Florida Supreme Court put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, but a Tallahassee judge will hold a hearing Wednesday on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional... Story

COLLEGE PERFORMANCE MONEY TO BE DIVVIED UP
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Twenty-two of Florida's 28 state colleges will receive shares of $30 million in state performance funding under a new rule approved Monday by the Board of Education... Story

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

LOBBYIST FILE --- DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JULY 18, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
JASON ALLISON has registered to lobby for Millennium Integrated Services... Story

MILITARY MEMBERS BOOST CONCEALED-WEAPONS LICENSES
JIM TURNER |
Florida has fast-tracked concealed-weapons licenses to 82,000 military members and honorably discharged veterans since terror-related shootings at a pair of military installations in Tennessee two years ago... Story

APPEALS COURT GRAPPLES WITH TWO-HORSE RACE
DARA KAM |
It's clear gambling regulators weren't keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a stick... Story

QUALITY OF SCHOOLS CONFRONTS APPEALS COURT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A Tallahassee-based appeals court wrestled Tuesday with what standard should be applied to Florida's education system, with judges sounding skeptical that courts were even a proper place to hear the issue... Story

APPLICANTS SEEK SPOTS ON PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
JIM TURNER |
With the terms of veteran commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham set to expire in January, a dozen other candidates are hoping to replace them on the Florida Public Service Commission... Story

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017

COURT BACKS HOTEL IN POOL CABANA DUI DEATH
JIM SAUNDERS |
A South Florida appeals court Wednesday tossed out a multimillion-dollar verdict against a Fort Lauderdale hotel in a case that stems from a drunken driver crashing into a hotel pool cabana and killing a pregnant woman... Story

PERSONNEL FILE --- PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, JULY 19, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
ROGER STEVENS has been installed as chairman of the LeadingAge Florida Board of Trustees... Read the Personnel File

JUDGE GIVES STATE MORE TIME TO DEFEND ABORTION LAW
DARA KAM |
A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a two-year old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books... Story

NEGRON TOUTS HIGHER ED CHANGES DESPITE VETO
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Despite the governor's veto of a wide-ranging higher-education policy bill, Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday that many of the initiatives embedded in the legislation, including an expansion of Bright Futures scholarships, will still benefit state university and college students as fall terms begin next month... Story

ANTONACCI PICKED TO LEAD ENTERPRISE FLORIDA
JIM TURNER |
Described by Gov. Rick Scott as someone who can “get deals done,” South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Pete Antonacci has been tapped as the next leader of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida... Story

SCOTT DEFENDS RIGHT TO APPOINT JUSTICES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office... Story

THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017

STATE APPROVES ENDING DOG RACES AT MIAMI TRACK
DARA KAM |
Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a first-of-its-kind ruling... Story

GOLDMAN SACHS REACHES OUT TO SCOTT ON VENEZUELA
JIM TURNER |
Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which has taken heat for its purchase of $2.8 billion in bonds for Venezuela's state-run oil company, is working behind the scenes as Gov. Rick Scott seeks to prevent Florida from doing business with entities supporting the Maduro regime... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: SCOTT'S BENCH
JIM TURNER AND BRANDON LARRABEE |
Former subordinates to Gov. Rick Scott and his longtime political allies continue to get plum positions across state government... Read the Briefing

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JULY 23, 2017
STAFF |
Three months after Republican Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Senate amid controversy, Miami-Dade County voters will go to the polls Tuesday in special primary elections for open Senate and House seats... Read the Advances

STATE BEAR-PROOFING DOLLARS DROP
JIM TURNER |
Florida wildlife officials will have less money this year to help communities equip residents and businesses with bear-proof trash containers... Story

MAGLAB HOME TO MAJOR RESEARCH --- AND HEFTY POWER BILLS
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Cutting-edge science is not cheap... Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: CENTER COURT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Every year, around the middle of the summer, with the Legislature long gone and the governor's office mostly silent, comes a time when courts are the center of the action in Tallahassee... Read the Roundup

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

STATE FACES LEGAL TAB IN `DOCS VS. GLOCKS' FIGHT
JIM SAUNDERS |
Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday... Story

THE NEWS SERVICE HAS: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR RYAN TORRENS
JIM TURNER |
Ryan Torrens is the first, and so far only, Democrat to take the initial step toward trying to succeed term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2018... Story

BRUTAL SENATE PRIMARY READY TO BE DECIDED
DARA KAM |
Even by the standards of Miami-Dade County's bare-knuckle politics, this year's special election for an open Senate seat is a nasty one... Story

ANTONACCI APPROVED TO LEAD ENTERPRISE FLORIDA
JIM TURNER |
Pete Antonacci, a water-management district leader who once served as general counsel for Gov. Rick Scott, was formally named Monday as president of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida... Story

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

LOBBYIST FILE --- DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JULY 25, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
DALE BRILL has registered to lobby for Florida Tourism Investment Corporation, Inc. JORGE CHAMIZO has registered to lobby for Wellmerica, LLC. AMBER CROOKS has registered to lobby for The Conservancy of Southwest Florida... Story

STATE GRAPPLES WITH INCREASE IN CARD SKIMMERS
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Credit-card skimming devices at Florida gas stations and stores are on a dramatic rise this year... Story

DIAZ, TADDEO CRUISE TO SENATE PRIMARY WINS
DARA KAM |
Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo handily defeated their opponents Tuesday in a Miami-Dade County special primary election as they seek to replace a GOP senator who resigned after a profanity-laced tirade this spring... Story

PEREZ TOPS MALLEA IN HOUSE GOP PRIMARY
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Political newcomer Daniel Perez handily won a Republican primary Tuesday for a Miami-Dade County state House seat, overcoming an opponent who had support from top-flight GOP names including former Gov. Jeb Bush... Story

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017

SLOSBERG SEEKS TOUGHER LAW ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
NATHALIE SCZUBLEWSKI |
State Rep. Emily Slosberg appeared Tuesday night at a Boca Raton City Council meeting as she tries to build local-government support for the Legislature to make texting while driving a primary offense... Story

ARMY CORPS NEEDS MORE TIME ON NEGRON RESERVOIR
JIM TURNER |
Federal assistance may be on the way for the state's latest Everglades restoration effort... Story

REGULATORS TO GRAPPLE WITH FPL NUCLEAR PLANS
JIM SAUNDERS |
With Florida Power & Light saying it expects to “pause” the project, state regulators next month will wade into a dispute about how to handle the utility's long-discussed plans to add two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County... Story

SCOTT PITCHES LAW ENFORCEMENT PAY RAISES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
As he eyes a run for the U. S. Senate, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday unveiled the first piece of his pending election-year budget proposal: a $30 million pay raise for state law-enforcement officers... Story

 

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