Articles in Category: 'Dennis Jones'

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 1, 2012 3:55 AM
OK, the door to power and prominence is about to close on Florida's term-limited legislators. It's a blow to the ego, I get it. But what's with the nauseating, never-ending farewell speeches?
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 30, 2012 3:55 AM
There are silly bills and then there are the bat-crazy, dangerous, shoot-it-before-it-reaches-the-border bills. SB 1560 fits nicely into the latter category.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: November 18, 2010 4:05 AM

The Florida Senate’s political right turn was marked on its opening day by the occasional red light – with a dwindling number of Republican moderates voting ‘no’ on several veto overrides sought by leaders.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: November 17, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Hours after taking the reins, House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, led the Legislature during an abbreviated special session Tuesday in passing eight bills vetoed earlier in the year by outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist.
 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 7, 2010 12:32 AM
 

The Seminole Tribe of Florida approved the long-debated gambling compact with the state on Wednesday -- an agreement that could bring Florida at least $1 billion, but could eventually doom some dog and horse tracks.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 9, 2010 12:31 AM
 

Lawmakers Thursday came closer to approving a deal that that would give the Seminole Tribe of Florida exclusive rights to blackjack and other Vegas-style card games at five casinos.

The Senate and House discussed but did not reach a final vote on the 20-year compact that would bring the state at least $1 billion in its first five years. The House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review moved the bill to its next stage in the morning, while the Senate concluded a second reading on the chamber floor.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 16, 2010 12:04 AM

The Senate approved a long-awaited gaming compact Thursday that gives the Seminole Tribe of Florida exclusive rights to blackjack and Vegas-style card games and nets at least $1 billion for the state.

Senators voted 29-9 in favor of the compact, moving it quickly past the floor with much praise and few complaints. The compact still needs to pass the House and be signed by the governor to be passed into law.

“I was just a quarterback, but it was a privilege to see this come in for a landing,” said chief Senate negotiator Dennis Jones, R-Seminole.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 21, 2010 4:05 AM

Senate backers of a motion that would have let voters decide whether to put an oil ban in the Florida Constitution said they were ready to go, primed for Tuesday's special session -- only to have the Senate follow the House's lead and adjourn without a fight.

 
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Posted: March 24, 2010 7:17 PM
A Senate committee has scaled back its attempt to tie the governor’s hands in negotiating a compact that would expand the gaming rights of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

On Wednesday, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed SB 622, a bill that requires the Legislature ratify the governor’s compact to give the tribe exclusive rights to blackjack and other casino-style card games. It would also lower taxes and license fees for some gambling activities at a number of pari-mutuel facilities. And, it would void the governor’s compact from last year.
 
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