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Scott: Napolitano Finally Looking into Call for More Miami Customs Staffing

Lobbying Ban Expansion Won’t Impact Current Legislature

February 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

The proposed sweeping ethics changes that would expand the prohibition on legislators lobbying for the first two years out of office wont take effect until after the 2014 election.

The Senate Rules Committee agreed to set the lobbying ban timeline on Tuesday as they advanced, with little debate, the ethic reform package that may be one of the first pieces of legislation voted on by the entire Senate when the regular session begins March 5.

Rick Scott: Transportation Budget Will Reduce Jacksonville's I-95 Congestion

Adam Putnam: Florida Needs a Statewide Water Plan

Florida Senators Say No to State Run Health Care Exchange

February 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

The committee reviewing how Florida should respond to the federal health-care law agreed Monday not to pursue setting up a state run exchange.

At least, not for the next year or two.

Meanwhile, a decision on the massive expansion of Medicaids managed care program in Florida is now tentatively set for March 4, the day before the 2013 regular session begins.

Florida Tourists at Record 89.3 Million

Reclaim America PAC Wetting its Whistle on Marco Rubio’s Water Moment

Florida Poly to Seek State Money to Complete First Building

February 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Florida Polytechnic University, the legacy of Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander, is already asking for its first increase in state funding.

The Lakeland Ledger is reporting that the board of trustees for the school created last year by the Legislature intends to ask for about $25 million in state funds to complete construction on the Lakeland campus first building.

Insurance Journal: Specter of Charlie Crist Could Hinder Citizens' Reform

February 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

A writer with the Insurance Journal is warning readers that the return of Charlie Crist to the governors mansion should make industry insiders -- especially those seeking to downsize Citizens Property Insurance Corp. -- just a little bit nervous.

And the belief is some legislators -- in looking ahead to the 2014 gubernatorial contest -- will back off reforms, which have been called for by business groups and Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

Barry Gilway: Citizens Will Implement Travel, Expense Changes

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