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Redistricting Hearings Added to Start of Committee Week

The calendar for next weeks state legislative committee meetings continues to evolve.

A number of legislative and congressional redistricting meetings have been added to Mondays schedule.

Earlier this week, the Senate Select Committee on Protecting Floridas Children had been moved to Monday, Sept. 19. The meeting is expected to get all sorts of attention because of the efforts by legislators to create a "Caylee's law" in response to public anger over a jury rendering a not-guilty verdict against the dead girl's mother.

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U.S. House GOP Backs Florida Manufacturers on Jobs Act

The vote backedthe efforts of Florida manufacturers in favor of the bill, the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, that would limit the National Labor Relation Boards power to say where a company set up shop and who they hire.

With unemployment at 10.7 percent in Florida, our government should not be creating policies that hurt employers ability to create jobs, Barney Bishop, Associated Industries of Florida president and CEO, stated in a release.

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Rick Scott Announces New Workforce Chair

Dwayne Ingram, who has been on the Workforce Florida board of directors since 2008, was named chairman of the board Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Ingram, 49, of Tampa, has been the executive vice president of airline distribution and IT for Amadeus Americas since 2008. Previously, he served as Florida senior state executive and general manager at IBM Corp. from 1997 to 2008. He has also served as a trustee for the Florida Chamber Foundation since 2007.

Serving at the pleasure of the governor, Ingrams term begins immediately.

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Florida Senate Updates Committee Week Schedule

The Senate has revised the schedule for next week's committee meetings in Tallahassee.

A full day Reapportionment Committee hearing is now planned for Sept. 22.

A Select Committee on Protecting Floridas Children, planned for the morning of Sept. 22, has been moved to Monday, Sept. 19.

Below, the updated schedule as released by the Senate.

Monday, Sept. 19

1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Select Committee on Protecting Floridas Children 37S
3:00 p.m.
Republican Caucus in Senate Chamber.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

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Gov. Rick Scott Suggests Business Regulation and Corporate Tax Cuts Instead of Second Stimulus

Instead of a second stimulus from the White House, Gov. Rick Scott said the federal government should lower corporate taxes and cut business regulations.

When asked on Monday about President Obamas $447 billion jobs plan, which the White House has promoted as pumping $7.5 billion into Florida, Scott instead offered two suggestions.

One: We cant have the second highest corporate tax in the world and expect people to flock here to our country to build jobs, Scott said.

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Florida Supreme Court Wants Lawyers to be Civil

New Florida lawyers will have to agree to be more civil when they take the oath of admission to the Florida Bar.

In recent years, concerns have grown about acts of incivility among members of the legal profession, according to an opinion released Monday by the states Supreme Court. Among others, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has sought to increase awareness of the importance of civility in the practice of law.

The new oath adds the following language:

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DNA Database Earns Rep. Snyder a John and Reve Walsh Award

State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, received the 2011 John and Reve Walsh Award for his DNA Database legislation, during the Florida Missing Childrens Day ceremony in the Capitol courtyard on Monday.

Its not me, this is for the Florida Legislature and the governor, Snyder said.

The law, approved in 2009 and funded in the recent session, collects DNA samples from all suspects arrested for felonies in the state of Florida. Previously, DNA samples could only be taken at the time of conviction.

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Rick Scott Says Proposed Citizens Sinkhole Increase Must be Fair to Company and Consumers

Gov. Rick Scott says any adjustments to the proposed rate hike for Citizens sinkhole insurance must be fair to both insurance providers and customers.

We have to have a financially sound insurance program, we want insurance companies coming to our state, but we got to be fair to our citizens also, Scott said.

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Gov. Scott's Question for Tonight's Debaters: Jobs

Gov. Rick Scott said he won't be able to watch tonights CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa, but if he was able to attend hed want to hear each candidates plans to create jobs.

I think the biggest question for everyone in the country, even if the Democrats were having a debate, it would be the same issue: its about jobs.Who has the right blueprint for job creation? Scott said Monday morning.

Without jobs we dont have the money for any of the safety nets we have; we cant afford any of the government programs we have.

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U.S. Rep. Rooney to Hold Fundraiser during Steelers-Titans

As the 2012 NFL season gets underway, Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, already has at least one game penned into his schedule.

The GOP deputy whip will be raising cash for his 2012 re-election efforts by watching his belovedPittsburgh Steelers play the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 9.

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