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Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, will hold a four-meeting pre-session listening tour in his district next week.

Pasco County

Feb. 26

10 a.m. -- 11 a.m.

Copperstone Executive Suites

3632 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Suite 100

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David Thomas, the retired CEO and chairman of IMS Health Inc., was named by the Florida Board of Governors to the University of Florida board of trustees.

“We are fortunate to have boards of trustees across the state made up of well-qualified and dedicated individuals, with broad ranges of experience and expertise,” Mori Hosseini, chair of the Board of Governors' trustee nominating committee, stated in a release.

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Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, is working with a seniors coalition to ward off what they expect will be “predatory” legislation that will be pushed before legislators as the 60-day regular session draws to a close.

The STANDUP for Seniors Coalition, a group of senior advocates, veterans and concerned Floridians, announced Wednesday at the Capitol that they will be advising members to lobby legislators against proposals promoted as bolstering the Stranger-originated Life Insurance (STOLI) market.

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Florida House Majority Leader Steve Precourt, R-Orlando, and Majority Whip Dana Young, R-Tampa, have named four new deputy whips in advance of the start of the 60-day regular session.

The new House whips are: Reps. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park; MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta; Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City; and David Santiago, R-Deltona.

“It has been a privilege getting to know these new representatives over the last several months and I look forward to working more closely with them this year in their new role,” Precourt stated in a release.

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The Florida House Democratic Caucus will propose a series of revisions to the Republican-backed sweeping election reform effort, House Bill, 569, that is to go before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The caucus announced in a release that members object to portions of the bill by Rep. Robert "Rob" Schenck, R-Spring Hill, that:

-- Increase maximum contributions to $10,000. The caucus prefers the cap to remain at $500.

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Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, has filed the House version of the “Parent Empowerment in Education,” better known as the “parent trigger,” that was narrowly defeated in the Senate last year.

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The Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation, and AT&T are set to co-host a summit on the new Common Core State Standards and other educational issues confronting Florida at SeaWorld in Orlando on Feb. 27.

The agenda includes:

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The League of Women Voters of Florida, which has offered its own election reform other than what is now before legislators, has come out with its own ideas for repairing the state’s “broken and badly damaged" campaign financing system.

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The Florida Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections will take a trip from the Capitol to the Leon County supervisor of elections' operations center in Tallahassee on Tuesday morning.

Committee Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, called for the onsite visit to an elections center so committee members could receive demonstrations on the process in which both in-person and mailed absentee ballots, early voting ballots, provisional ballots and Election Day ballots are handled.

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Gov. Rick Scott will head to Jacksonville on Tuesday to highlight portions of his transportation budget proposal.

Scott, who on Friday went to the SWIFT Sunguide Center in Naples to promote $140 million worth of projects he has proposed for South Florida’s roads, is set to appear at the Best Western on Salisbury Drive for Tuesday’s midday media announcement.

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