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Scott undermines Senate health care plan

Scott undermines Senate health care plan

Senate Appropriations Committee is tired of the games the Scott administration is playing in the legislative battle over health care. On Monday, state Medicaid director Justin Senior appeared before the House Health & Human Services Committee. She told the lawmakers the question of whether more [...]

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Don Gaetz is hopeful that the Florida House and Senate will hammer out a budget in June. The biggest sticking point is how the state will be budget for the health care of its 820,000 uninsured citizens. “I'm encouraged that our budget chief, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Richard [...]

Senate scuttles Conscience Protection bill

Senate scuttles Conscience Protection bill

A controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples appears ready to die Friday with the end of the regular legislative session. House members passed the so-called "conscience protection" bill (HB 7111), but it did not reach the Senate [...]

Breaking news: Florida House flips out Senate, adjourns

Breaking news: Florida House flips out Senate, adjourns

From News Service of Florida: Amid a bitter impasse with the Senate about the budget and health-care issues, the House adjourned "sine die" about 1:15 p.m. Central. The adjournment came three days before the annual legislative session was scheduled to end. The Senate continued taking up bills [...]

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

This morning I received a text from Ryan Wiggins, political strategist and regular guest on Pensacola Speaks. She was watching the Florida Senate debate on a bill that restored cash incentives for state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special [...]

Florida lawmakers talk with feds about health care coverage

Florida lawmakers talk with feds about health care coverage

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With a $5 billion health-care budget breach between the House and Senate halfway through the legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two of his lieutenants to Washington this week to meet with federal officials about key health [...]

Bipartisan health care bill praised

Bipartisan health care bill praised

A Healthy Florida Works, a bipartisan coalition of business leaders, chambers of commerce, statewide business organizations and concerned individuals, today released an ad thanking Senate President Andy Gardiner and the Florida Senate for their bold leadership and courage as they work to solve [...]

Gaetz Greyhound Protection bill passed unanimously by Florida Senate

Gaetz Greyhound Protection bill passed unanimously by Florida Senate

The Florida Senate opened the 2015 legislative session with unanimous passage of bi-partisan legislation to better protect greyhounds by requiring more accountability from the greyhound racing industry. Senate Bill 2, named in honor of Vicky Gaetz – a tireless advocate for dogs and other animals [...]

Life in the Florida Senate Thunderdome

Life in the Florida Senate Thunderdome

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pension reform. Gambling. Pot. Alcohol wars. Many of this legislative session's thorniest issues --- and more --- rest in the hands of Sen. Rob Bradley, a laid-back junior legislator and chairman of a committee dubbed by Senate President Andy Gardiner [...]

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates [...]

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

CONVENED: The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presiding. MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, asked for a moment of silence for Ryan Uhre, a legislative intern who died last month in Tallahassee. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED: [...]

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

By Margie Menzel The News Service of Florida A Florida Senate panel on Monday unanimously passed three bills dealing with sexually violent predators and sexual crimes against children --- the first in a series of measures expected to unfold across four committees and both legislative chambers [...]

Americans for Prosperity Florida targets Greg Evers

Americans for Prosperity Florida targets Greg Evers

Americans for Prosperity Florida, the conservative political advocacy group sponsored in part by billionaires David H. Koch and Charles Koch, has targeted one of Northwest Florida’s most conservative state senators. An AFP flyer was received yesterday by Santa Rosa County voters blasting Sen. [...]

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

As I reported last week, Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford and nine other supervisors testified yesterday about their experiences during the 2012 General Election before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, chaired by Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater). The meeting, lasting [...]

Magaha not the only one under fire for pay raises

Magaha not the only one under fire for pay raises

Once the two legislative leaders were sworn in, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford immediately hired new chiefs of staff and paid them more than taxpayers pay state Cabinet officials, according to the Miami Herald. Weatherford hired Kathy Mears as his chief of [...]

Blackwater Oil Bill Killed

A state bill aiming to entice oil companies onto state land has apparently stalled out in a senate committee this morning. The senate’s Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee considered Sen. Greg Evers’ S.B. 1158 and decided to temporarily postpone the proposal. “The [...]

Sink calls for economic protections during special session

Sink calls for economic protections during special session

Press Release: Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House Larry Cretul and President of the Florida Senate Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 [...]

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