Articles in Category: 'Larry Cretul'

By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: May 24, 2010 12:07 AM

Florida's tourism industry has yet to receive the $25 million in emergency cash it needs to immediately advertise that Florida’s beaches are open and unsullied by oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, and there is still no word of when or how the industry will receive the money promised by BP earlier this week.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: March 16, 2010 5:35 PM
 
State senators voted Tuesday to make Florida the 20th state to demand a balanced federal budget and limited federal restrictions on state spending, despite Democrats’ complaints that such a measure could limit federal aid to the states.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 20, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, sent out a letter to all senators on a future special session to deal with the economic damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf. Though Atwater said he is open to a special session, he is waiting to confer with House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala before he can go much further.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: May 29, 2010 12:48 AM

Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed $371 million from the state budget Friday and signed a spending plan that strips away key proposals backed by major Republican lawmakers.

Crist, now running for U.S. Senate as an independent, waited until the afternoon of his last day to sign the budget. And what he signed was a slimmed-down, slightly-more-than $70 billion spending plan rid of a much-debated raid on transportation funds, a reduction in Medicaid funds to nursing homes and many local and higher education projects.

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

With the House and Senate adjourning instead of forwarding a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in Florida waters, candidates for statewide office promptly offered their opinions on the Legislature’s quick session.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 20, 2010 12:54 PM
 

Throwing down the gauntlet at Gov. Charlie Crist who left the Republican Party earlier in the year, House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, convened the special session of the Legislature -- and adjourned it 43 minutes later -- rejecting the governor’s call to put a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in state waters on the November ballot.

 
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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 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: 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: 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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Posted: July 8, 2010 3:15 PM
 
At a hastily called press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Crist called for a special session of the Legislature to propose voters decide in November whether to put an offshore oil-drilling ban in the Florida Constitution.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Former House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio is going after Gov. Charlie Crist, running for the Senate as an independent.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 12, 2010 12:40 AM
A mood swing swept Florida this week.

With the clock on the Gulf oil spill passing the 50-day mark, Florida officials jettisoned their measured response and began loudly airing frustration with British Petroleum and cleanup efforts, as tar balls, sheen, boom and skimmers became the vocabulary of a Sunshine State summer.
 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: June 10, 2010 12:05 AM
 
In a Twitter posting expounded on by a spokeswoman, Senate President Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that if lawmakers return to Tallahassee this summer to do anything related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, what would make most sense would be helping people and businesses losing money because of it.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 9, 2010 12:23 AM

If Gov. Charlie Crist thinks he can reap votes from Florida's agriculture industry, his vetoes of ag-related legislation make that a tough row to hoe.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 19, 2010 12:30 AM
 

Prospects for a special legislative session beginning Monday faded into the sunset Wednesday when Gov. Charlie Crist said he would not call for one next week.

Crist told the Miami Herald Editorial Board he still wants lawmakers to consider placing a constitutional ban on drilling on the Nov. 2 ballot, but also wants them to pass public corruption legislation.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 11, 2010 4:56 PM
 

Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul issued a ringing statement Tuesday, accusing Gov. Charlie Crist of unnecessarily wasting taxpayers' money, playing political games and distracting state leaders from solving the state's real problems right now.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 1, 2010 12:33 AM
On the last day of session, the House tackled a health-care measure passed by the Senate which included an amendment requiring that most pregnant women considering an abortion have an ultrasound in the first trimester. The House passed the amendment 72-46, almost mirroring party lines.

Both pro-life and pro-choice advocates maintain that ultrasounds are one of the chief reasons that abortions are on the decline in Florida, with 2009 seeing the lowest number of abortions since 1997.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 29, 2010 4:58 PM
On Thursday, the second to last day of the legislative session, proceedings slowed down in the House as members waited for the Senate to pass bills. House Democrats, outnumbered 76 to 44, also played a hand. 
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 29, 2010 12:04 AM

The House sprinted toward the end of the legislative session Wednesday, tackling almost 120 legislative items in an lengthy meeting that extended through most of the day.

The House will be set to vote on the budget after 2:59 p.m. Friday in accordance with the mandate that there need to be at least 72 hours between the publication of the budget and the final vote on it.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 27, 2010 9:28 AM
Leaders in the House and Senate agreed to a $69 billion, no-new-taxes budget following an 11 p.m. conferencing meeting Monday. After the mandatory 72-hour waiting period, it will head to a vote Friday.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 27, 2010 12:23 AM
With more than 70 bills on the calendar when it convened, the House kicked off the last week of the legislative session by meeting all day Monday and focused on redistricting measures that Floridians will vote on in November.

The House voted to add a new constitutional amendment measure on redistricting, joining two other measures already on the ballot. Introduced by Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, the amendment would have the state follow existing federal guidelines when creating new congressional and legislative districts. The measure passed on a 74-42 vote.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 27, 2010 12:04 AM

Leaders of planning and environmental groups from across the state met at the steps of the Old Capitol on Monday in a last-minute effort to push the House to reauthorize the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The DCA manages growth and development and land use across the state. 

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: April 26, 2010 12:01 AM
House and Senate leaders confirmed Sunday what had become increasingly obvious in recent days: The proposed Medicaid overhaul is dead for this year.

“I still believe it is good policy,” said Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid, chairman of the House Health Care budget committee, and an architect of the sweeping House proposal that would push the state’s 2.7 million Medicaid recipients into managed care over the next five years.

“We will just have to bring it back next year,” Grimsley said.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 24, 2010 12:02 AM

With more than 100 bills on the calendar when it convened Friday morning, the House plowed through a host of measures and amendments. Members passed a few, including a measure to expand placing cameras on stoplights, but they mostly set the stage to tackle more bills next week.

The seven-hour session Friday focused on amending measures that the House will vote on next week. But the House also passed efforts that increased legal penalties for credit and debit card crimes and exempted All-Star games and Pro Bowls from sales taxes. 

 
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