Government

By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 11, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that, his own personal feelings aside, Florida law dealing with gay parenthood is inconsistent and should be the same for both adoptive and foster parents.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 11, 2010 4:03 AM

A downsized Everglades land deal is still a big deal to both sides as the South Florida Water Management District board meets this week.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 9, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The Senate turned out the lights in its chamber last Thursday, having confirmed the newest Supreme Court justice, passing a jobs-stimulus bill for states to hire teachers and other emergency personnel, and a funding bill to pay for border security.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 8, 2010 8:22 AM

No Hard Plans Yet for Special Session

Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos said Senate and House leaders are continuing to talk about a potential special session to deal with the economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but declined to commit to any plans.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 7, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida’s take of the federal stimulus package continues to increase, the state’s top overseer told reporters Friday during an update on the program he said has earmarked $21.7 billion for the state.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 7, 2010 4:05 AM
 

An exasperated incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, concluding a three-day tour of medical facilities across the state, vowed to do everything in his power to improve a “broken Medicaid system.”

 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: August 6, 2010 4:05 AM
With Florida’s pot expected to be light about $6 billion next year, backers of online gaming say the state could have an ace in the hole that would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars if the state has the guts to play it.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 4, 2010 4:05 AM

The fate of several proposed constitutional amendments lies with the Florida Supreme Court after six of nine proposals set for the November ballot wound up facing legal challenges.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 2, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Just before the House adjourned for its summer recess, members tried to pass a bill that would repeal the 1099 requirement that has been the buzz of many talk-show hosts over the past month or so. What it involves is this.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 30, 2010 4:05 AM

A Leon County Circuit judge struck from the November ballot on Thursday a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at exempting Florida from the federal health care overhaul, calling the measure placed by the Republican-ruled Legislature “manifestly misleading” to voters.

 
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By: Gray Rohrer | Posted: July 30, 2010 4:05 AM
 

His name is a brief synopsis of the American dream, his life story an aspiration toward it, and he may be one of the chief arbiters of who gets to attempt it in Florida.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 27, 2010 4:05 AM
 


Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, Republican front-runner in the U.S. Senate race, promised Monday to rein in federal spending and offered proposals to help slash the size and cost of the federal government.

 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: July 26, 2010 4:05 AM

The Department of Education continues to press its testing contractor for penalties for late delivery of test scores, adding more than $11 million on Friday to what it says NCS Pearson must pay for damages.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: July 24, 2010 4:05 AM

A legislative proposal to ask voters to relax class-size limits on Friday joined a host of other proposed constitutional amendments being challenged in court.

 
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By: Jack Sullivan | Posted: July 21, 2010 11:37 AM
 

A wealth of opportunity is knocking on Florida’s door. But over the past several legislative sessions, and again this week, our policymakers have not answered the call.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 20, 2010 4:05 AM
Even as Florida Democrats pushed Monday for wide-ranging action, House Republicans continued to signal that this week’s special session could end with a thud – and within minutes of its opening.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 20, 2010 4:05 AM

While Florida gets ready for a special session of the Legislature that convenes Tuesday to ponder the future of oil drilling in state waters, the U.S. Coast Guard increasingly is playing a prominent role in combating the effects of the Gulf oil spill.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 19, 2010 4:05 AM

LEMIEUX LOSES MOST-JUNIOR STATUS
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s appointment Friday of Carte Goodwin, his former general counsel, to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, pushes Florida Sen. George LeMieux off the perch as the chamber’s youngest member. Goodwin is 36; LeMieux, 41.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 19, 2010 4:05 AM

With Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, and House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, calling for a second special session of the Legislature at the end of summer to tackle economic issues resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf, Florida’s political leaders and candidates are weighing in on its merits.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 
A Republican state lawmaker is calling for a censure of Gov. Charlie Crist over his move to bring legislators back to Tallahassee next week to vote on a proposal that would constitutionally ban offshore oil drilling in Florida.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 15, 2010 3:30 PM
 

With the Legislature going into special session next week to consider backing a constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling in state waters, Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, is now ready for a second oil-related session to be held at the end of summer -- and he has the backing of the House speaker.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 14, 2010 3:35 PM
 
Calling the purchase of U.S. Sugar Corporation's land an overpriced corporate bailout, tea partiers Wednesday urged the South Florida Water Management District to scrap the deal.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 14, 2010 4:05 AM
With the push for an Arizona-style immigration law already playing a central role in the Republican primary for governor, a pair of Florida legislators Tuesday sought to add the issue to next week’s special session on oil drilling.

Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, and Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, unveiled measures that would make it a crime for aliens in Florida not to carry registration documents required by federal law, while authorizing state and local law enforcement officials to question the immigration status of residents.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 13, 2010 4:05 AM

A week before the Legislature goes into special session, there was little agreement on just what oil-related items it plans to take up, though it became clear Monday that the Senate, at least, wants to go beyond the governor’s call and provide economic relief to the spill-weary Panhandle.

The Senate’s Select Committee on the Economy on Monday discussed a list of economic issues lawmakers should address when the Legislature convenes a special session ordered by Gov. Charlie Crist to vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban offshore oil drilling in Florida.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 13, 2010 4:05 AM
 

If you're planning on dying anytime soon, tax advisers say it would be best to do it before Jan. 1.

The so-called "death tax" returns with a vengeance next year, bringing a 55 percent top tax rate on estates valued at more than $1 million. That compares to the current rate of 0 percent on estates up to $3.5 million.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 12, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess Monday with lots to do and not enough votes to accomplish the task, at least not right now.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 12, 2010 4:05 AM

Florida lawmakers are set to arrive in Tallahassee later this month to address issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that has sent oil toward Florida beaches, but lawmakers in other states have already beaten them to the punch.

Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey and South Carolina have all introduced bills relating to oil spill cleanup plans, recovery for damages and moratoria on offshore drilling. But really, it's anyone's best guess what will happen when the Florida House and Senate return to Tallahassee July 20.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 10, 2010 4:05 AM
The courts were in session in the busy week that was – and the Legislature will soon be, too.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 28, 2010 4:05 AM
 
With President Barack Obama threatening to slash NASA’s budget, members of Florida’s delegation from both parties continued to speak out last week, warning the White House that these cuts would have a severe impact on the state and the nation.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
The probability that Florida will see $1 billion in extra federal Medicaid money is growing dimmer with U.S. Senate Republicans blocking the measure from advancing this week and drawing concern from Florida lawmakers who partially built the state budget around the likely delivery of those dollars.

“Oh my God, that's devastating. That will kill this state,” said Sen. Durell Peaden, R-Crestview, the chair of the Senate's Health and Human Services budget committee.
 
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