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Speedy foreclosures bill clears Fla. House

Apr 29, 2013 Comments Off on Speedy foreclosures bill clears Fla. House Wes Hodge

A bill to speed up Florida’s groggy foreclosure system was approved by the Florida House on Monday after a 87-26 vote. The third attempt at foreclosure reform in three years, HB …

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to keynote Florida Dems’ fundraiser

Apr 29, 2013 Comments Off on San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to keynote Florida Dems’ fundraiser Wes Hodge

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote speech at last year’s Democratic National Convention, will be the keynoter for the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner on June …

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Lawmakers agree to 3 percent tuition increase

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Lawmakers agree to 3 percent tuition increase Wes Hodge

Florida lawmakers agreed late Friday night to hike tuition at the state’s colleges and universities by 3 percent next year, defying Gov. Rick Scott’s call to keep tuition level. “We want …

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Fla. House passes ‘wage theft’ bill on partyline vote

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Fla. House passes ‘wage theft’ bill on partyline vote Wes Hodge

A bill that would outlaw new “wage theft” ordinances—similar to the one in Miami-Dade County—passed the Florida House on a partyline vote Thursday. The bill, HB 1125, would force victims …

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House Republicans approve ‘CorcoranCare,’ set up showdown with Senate

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on House Republicans approve ‘CorcoranCare,’ set up showdown with Senate Wes Hodge

House Republicans held their ground and approve their proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion, a bare-bones plan that puts them in conflict with the Senate and Gov. Rick Scott. Rep. John Wood, R-Winter …

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Senate passes scaled back ‘sick-time’ bill that leaves out House’s ‘living wage’ preemption

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Senate passes scaled back ‘sick-time’ bill that leaves out House’s ‘living wage’ preemption Wes Hodge

The Florida Senate passed a response to Orange County’s sick-pay battle Friday — a measure that would prevent local governments from adopting leave policies until after a state study. The bill (HB 655) …

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Grayson: Orange leaders wasting taxpayer money to defend redistricting lawsuit

Apr 24, 2013 Comments Off on Grayson: Orange leaders wasting taxpayer money to defend redistricting lawsuit Wes Hodge

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, took a political shot at Orange County leaders Wednesday. Grayson chided the local board after hearing that they are considering paying $340,000 to a private law …

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Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too

Apr 24, 2013 Comments Off on Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too Wes Hodge

State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he may abandon his bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory sick time benefits, such as one pending in Orange County, and …

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Orange readies for costly redistricting legal fight

Apr 24, 2013 Comments Off on Orange readies for costly redistricting legal fight Wes Hodge

Orange County officials are preparing to spend up to $340,000 on private legal counsel to defend a redistricting plan in court against allegations of diluting the Hispanic vote. The case …

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Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida goes to governor

Apr 19, 2013 Comments Off on Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida goes to governor Wes Hodge

A bill passed by the Florida Legislature and headed for the governor’s signature would make major changes to the state’s alimony laws and custody-sharing agreements, worrying family law advocates that …

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