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The political committee that wanted residents in Lee County to vote on casino gambling fell short of getting the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

However, the Naples Daily News reports that Our Fair Share for Florida “will make another run at getting the required signatures, starting with sending out 180,000 mailers to more than 350,000 voters in the next seven to 10 days.”
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has talked daily with Attorney Pam Bondi as she attends the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and he expressed optimism on Wednesday that the individual mandates in the law will be blocked by the justices.


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David Wilkins, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Children and Families, has been named the state’s chief operating officer for government operations by Gov. Rick Scott.

“I have asked David to serve in a chief operating officer role for the state, taking an enterprise-wide approach to improving agency productivity and reducing government bureaucracy,” Scott stated in a release.
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced that three people will collectively receive $25,000 for providing information that led to convictions in five major insurance fraud cases.

“These individuals had the courage to come forward and report suspected insurance fraud, ultimately helping protect their fellow Floridians from this costly crime,” Atwater said in a statement released Wednesday. “Without their assistance, these fraudsters would still be on the streets, stealing your hard-earned dollars.”
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Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida, released the following statement after Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2012 economic development bills on Wednesday:

“Florida just became a brighter place to do business thanks to a landmark economic development and job creation package advanced by Governor Rick Scott and passed by the Florida Legislature.
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Gov. Rick Scott signed four bills Wednesday -- HB 7023, HB 7027, HB 7029 and HB 7087 -- that are part of his Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda.

“The passage of these important bills is a tremendous victory for Florida’s families and businesses and will ensure private-sector jobs can continue to grow,” Scott said. 
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The House, as expected, approved the Senate’s second effort to redraw the Senate boundary lines for the once-a-decade redistricting.

However, the vote was closer than expected at 61-47, with a number of South Florida Republicans -- voicing displeasure at the lack of a fourth Hispanic district -- joining the Democratic opposition.
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The House held a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old from Miami who died in Sanford on Feb. 26.

“Although the circumstances of his death remain unresolved, his death has sparked an international movement,” Rep. Dwayne L. Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, told the chamber prior to his requested moment of silence. “Trayvon enjoyed Skittles. He enjoyed Arizona Tea. He enjoyed sports.”
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Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Tuesday that ended the suspension of Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco from her elected position as mayor of Tamarac.

Flansbaum-Talabisco was suspended from office on March 9, 2011, after she was arrested on four public corruption charges involving two South Florida developers who sought her support in building projects in the South Florida city.

On March 14, 2012, Circuit Judge Cynthia G. Irnperato dismissed the charges, ruling there was no evidence she received personal benefit from the developers.

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Teamsters Local 2011 has filed a legal challenge to restore the requirement that probation officers visit the homes of certain criminals on probation.

Ron Silver, the Teamsters’ attorney, called the personal contact the main way probation officers monitor offenders.

“We know that home visits are critical to keeping our citizens safe, whether it’s in their home, at work or at school. The safety of our citizens is paramount,” Silver stated in a release.
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