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Naked Politics Voucher bill brought back to life, while immigrant tuition in peril in Florida Senate

A Senate committee used a procedural maneuver Tuesday to put a controversial school voucher bill back in play.

But the committee refused to use the same strategy to revive a bill that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates, a bill with major political implications for this year’s governor’s race.

Naked Politics Women senators: Don't raise speed limit to 75

The state Senate is likely to pass a bill this week that could increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 mph on certain Florida interstates, but it will be far from unanimous.

Naked Politics Bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits gets final approval

Investors in nursing homes in Florida would be shielded from lawsuits when residents are abused or neglected under broad new provisions authorized in a bill the Florida House sent to the governor on Wednesday.

Naked Politics In Broward home, Dems reject Rich's call to debate Crist

Last night the management committee of the Broward Democratic Executive Committee rejected a motion to encourage a debate between Nan Rich and Charlie Crist for governor.

The purpose of the resolution was to compel the Florida Democratic Party to call for a statewide debate between two major candidates -- understood to mean Rich and Crist.

Naked Politics Lawmakers agree to delay controversial hospital funding model


Specifics still need to be ironed out, but hospitals across Florida are already celebrating the news that a controversial funding model will not be implemented as planned this year.

Florida Politics Lawmakers look to conservation amendment for springs cash

TALLAHASSEE -- The next Senate president said Wednesday his chamber had backed off a plan to devote at least $378 million a year to cleaning up pollution-choked springs because Florida voters this fall could make the decision for them.

Post on Politics Ouch! Democratic leaders in Nan Rich’s home county reject call for primary debate with Crist

Nan Rich with Hillary Clinton at a 2008 rally at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Naked Politics Senate committee rejects effort to reduce dog racing at parimutuels but passes injury reporting

A proposal to end the requirement that dog tracks race greyhounds in order to keep their gaming permits died Tuesday in the Florida Senate on a procedural vote.

The decision not to take up the proposal by the Senate Appropriations Committee means that Florida’s 13 remaining greyhound tracks will operate another year as they are today, following the same racing schedules they have been required to follow for more than a decade.

Naked Politics Miami invited to bid on 2016 Democratic Convention. Will it?


Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.

Post on Politics ‘Outsider’ who challenged Obama to 3-point shooting contest wins GOP congressional primary

Businessman and former college basketball player Curt Clawson, who introduced himself to Southwest Florida voters during the Super Bowl with an ad challenging President Barack Obama to a three-point shooting contest, won a special Republican primary Tuesday for the congressional seat of cocaine-busted Trey Radel.

Clawson, who branded himself “The Outsider,” got 38.3 percent to win the four-candidate primary.

Naked Politics Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

Both the House and Senate plan to spend Wednesday passing bills off their respective floors.

Naked Politics Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Miami Beach ground zero for sea-level rise


Miami Beach became ground zero for climate change Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson convened a rare field hearing to draw national attention to the dangers posed by rising seas.

“For those who deny sea level rise and climate change, here is the proof,” Nelson said halfway through the two-hour hearing at Miami Beach City Hall, and one of several times he pointedly called out colleagues in Congress who deny that climate change is occurring.

Post on Politics Everglades restoration project may be in peril

An internal review board within the Army Corps of engineers failed to green light an Everglades restoration project designed to create more drinking water, save wildlife and bring water to parts of the Everglades that are being starved.
The review board is asking for more time to consider the project, which has been in the works for 18 months. That delay could imperil Congressional approval, advocates say.

Post on Politics Earth Day politics roundup: Hold hearing, tour recycling plant, celebrate Everglades, profess concern

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (left) with "Alligator" Ron Bergeron, Sr. at a recycling facility in Broward County.

Naked Politics Democrats troll Carlos Curbelo over petitions for Miami congressional race


Democrats took to Twitter on Tuesday to note that Carlos Curbelo, a Republican candidate seeking to challenge Miami Congressman Joe Garcia, did not qualify for the ballot by filing petition signatures.

Florida Politics Gov. Rick Scott goes to bat for tuition bill


Post on Politics While Dems sense political theater, Scott takes stage to fight for immigrant tuition

A few hours after the Senate Appropriations Committee refused to hear an amendment granting in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants, Gov. Rick Scott turned to the media Tuesday to keep the issue alive.

Naked Politics House approves charities reforms, Senate version passes final committee


Agriculture Commisioner Adam Putnam's massive overhaul of state laws governing charities is speeding ahead.

The House overwhelming approved its version of the proposal, House Bill 629, today. The Senate version, SB 638, is ready for a floor vote, too, after gaining approval from the Appropriations Committee today. 

Florida Politics Senate scraps major springs bill

TALLAHASSEE -- Mired in a spat between property owners, the business lobby and local governments, a Senate panel on Tuesday gutted a proposal once hailed as a major step to protect Florida's dying springs.

Naked Politics Bipartisan House vote restores local control of e-cigarette regulations


Over the objection of Republican leaders, a bi-partisan coalition in the House approved changes to an e-cigarettes regulation bill to addresses concerns from anti-smoking groups.

Naked Politics Former Lt. Gov. Carroll admits to receiving Allied Veterans cash

From the Associated Press:

Newly released records show that former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll changed her income tax filings after investigators asked about money she received from a purported veterans charity accused of running an illegal gambling operation.

Naked Politics Senate's final committee clears medical pot bill as governor remains noncommittal

Despite concerns from the governor’s surgeon general, a bill to legalize a limited strain of marijuana extract to help children with intractable epilepsy cleared its final Senate committee on Tuesday.

Florida Politics Medical marijuana bill poised for Senate, House floor votes

State Senators on Tuesday sent a bill that would allow the medical use of a low-THC level of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” to the floor for a vote.

Florida Politics Legislators agree on Central Florida bike trail, other hometown projects

TALLAHASSEE -- In a $75 billion budget stuffed with hometown goodies, lawmakers Tuesday agreed to fund the expansion of a bike trail through Central Florida, a gun range in Brevard County, and a raft of other pet projects.

Post on Politics Abruzzo hits pause on revamp of local ethics panels, summit to follow

An effort to revamp how the Palm Beach County Ethics Commission and similar local panels operate will be postponed for a year while organizations which have dueled over the proposal take part in a planned August summit, Sen. Joe Abruzzo said Tuesday.

Abruzzo, sponsor of the ethics rewrite, will be joined Wednesday at a Capitol news conference by representatives of government watchdog groups and officials from the Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Miami-Dade County ethics panel.

Florida Politics Senate re-kindles school voucher debate

TALLAHASSEE -- With just days left before calling it quits, the Florida Senate is reviving debate over whether to allow the state's main school-voucher program to grow its enrollment base in exchange for stronger accountability of students and administrators.

Post on Politics Allen West rips ‘cowards’ who walked out on his Middle East speech in Chicago

Allen West at a Palm Beach County GOP dinner this year (BRUCE r. BENNETT / PALM BEACH POST)

Post on Politics Bill giving charter schools more firepower clears House

Charter schools, already growing explosively in Florida, could gain even more firepower under legislation approved Tuesday by the House in a mostly partyline vote.

Democrats sided with school districts, including Palm Beach County, which oppose the measure. It would make it easier for out-of-state “high-performing” charter school companies to enter Florida and force districts to use a standard contract which they say will hurt their ability to negotiate.

Naked Politics Rubio calls Snowden scandal 'most damaging' espionage case in U.S. History. Is it?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden’s exposure of the National Security Agency’s spying programs: The situation couldn’t be more dire.

"The single most damaging revelation of American secrets in our history," Rubio said when asked about the matter after a foreign policy speech at the University of Texas on April 15.

Post on Politics Amendment would gut sober house bill

Regulations of sober homes in a bill SB-582 proposed by Sen. Jeff Clemons, D-Lake Worth would be eliminated in an amendment filed on Monday.