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Rick Scott: We Need Short Ballots, More Early Voting Days

January 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott is backing county elections supervisors who have recently asked legislators to provide more flexibility in early voting locations, reducing the words allowed by lawmakers for constitutional amendments and expanding the number of days for early voting.

Scott released a statement with his recommendations after meeting with Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who is expected to complete a review of the 2012 election and make his own recommendations for improving the voting process in Florida by Feb. 1.

Trey Radel: Impeachment ‘On the Table’ for Obama's Executive Orders on Guns

Jeff Atwater: Standing Still on Citizens Insurance ‘Cannot Be the Solution’

January 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

Increased premiums, creating a clearing house for private firms to cherry pick accounts, or breaking up Citizens Property Insurance Corp. into more manageable pieces are among proposals being tossed about in the Senate to reduce the Florida-backed insurer and attract more private firms into Florida.

Florida Chamber Urges Lawmakers for More Business ‘Competitiveness’

Sen. David Simmons: To Address School Safety, Deal with ‘Culture of Violence’

Rick Scott Brings on Two More Job Creators

January 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott appears to have upped his crisscrossing of the state since the start of the new year to announce the Sunshine State was getting new private sector jobs, something he described Tuesday morning as both the greatest success of his first two years and the greatest failure.

On Tuesday, the announcements were for 110 jobs and $6.6 million in capital investments by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in Temple Terrace and 16 jobs in Manatee County with the expansion of the aviation and marine products manufacturer Radiant Power Corp.

Ban on Credit Reports on New Hires Backed by Senate Committee

Senate Commerce Backs Anti-Outsourcing Bill

January 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

A bill to require call center companies contracted with the state to employ U.S. workers is once again on the move in the Senate.

No companion effort has been filed in the House, which last year failed to take up the issue that approved unanimously by the entire Senate.

On Tuesday, without debate, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously supported Senate Bill 90, titled American Jobs, which would require call centers with contracts of at least $35,000 -- as well as subcontractors -- to use American workers.

Marlins' Public Finance Deal Could Sack Dolphins

Jack Latvala Not Ready to Impose 75-Word Ballot Cap on Legislators

January 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Proposals to give elections supervisors a little more flexibility on where early voting could be held, or if polls should be opened the day before a general election, got plenty of Senate support on Monday.

But members of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee are more divided when it comes to limiting their say, something Gov. Rick Scott has suggested.

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