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Atlantis to Launch as NASA Tourist Attraction in Late June

Don Gaetz Calls for Confirmation Hearing for Citizens Property President

February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

Senate President Don Gaetz has generally backed the work of the head of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., hired last June.

But as legislators debate the future of the state-backed agency, and reports of operational bloat come to light, reports that some executives have received pay raises of 12 percent to 24 percent, Gaetz would like Citizens President and CEO Barry Gilway to undergo a formal Senate confirmation.

Citizens has become a very confused organization, Gaetz said during an interview Thursday.

Tampa Senate Delegation Teams to Fight Nuke Plant Charges

February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Legislators are making overtures they are moving closer to reversing a 2006 law that allows power companies to charge customer money for nuclear power plants before they are built.

On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, John Legg, R-Lutz, and Wilton Simpson, R-New Port Richey, announced they would take on the utility giants that have been able to bill customers more than $1 billion for plants that may never be built.

Will Weatherford: Rick Scott’s Medicaid Embrace Isn’t an Obama Hug

Contract Tracking Tops CFO Jeff Atwater’s 2013 Legislative Agenda

February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

Granting the Division of Public Assistance Fraud with subpoena authority, prohibiting insurance companies from increasing costs on orally administered anti-cancer medication, and expanding the states contract tracking system are among the legislative priorities of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

Atwater quietly released his agenda on Thursday for the approaching session that he says is directed to increasing government transparency and helps foster economic prosperity.

House GOP Leaders Remain Skeptical of Scott’s Medicaid Acceptance

Rick Scott: Three Years of Obamacare Isn't a 'White Flag of Surrender'

Tom Lee: Democrats' Attack on the Enterprise Florida Tie a ‘Political Charade’

February 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

The continued assault on Enterprise Florida's new business-recruitment logo, which features an orange tie in the place of the Floridas "I," has become a wasteful embarrassment, said Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon.

As Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development assailed the $100,000 logo and the accompanying plans to include it as part of a $3 million campaign to attract new business to the Sunshine State, Lee beckoned that such expressed indignation is a non-issue.

Florida Wins Second Medicaid Waiver

February 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has now approved both of Floridas requested Medicaid waivers which could bring the Sunshine State closer to accepting the expansion of the program as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

The governors office announced an agreement in principle has been reached on the second waiver, which would grant more Medicaid flexibilities for Florida to coordinate care and help prevent hospital visits.

Colombia Trade Mission Equals $40 Million in New Sales to Florida

February 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Enterprise Florida trade mission to Colombia in December will boost sales to the Sunshine State by more than $40 million, the governors office reported Wednesday.

Scott headed the five-day trade mission that included an entourage of nearly 200, from 116 Florida companies, to the states second largest trading partner.

As part of the mission, Enterprise Florida and U.S. Commercial Service in Bogotset up one-to-one matchmaker meetings between Florida 28 companies and Colombian companies.

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