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Central FL Dems receive high marks from Orlando Sentinel for 2013 session

May 13, 2013 Comments Off on Central FL Dems receive high marks from Orlando Sentinel for 2013 session Wes Hodge

Florida voters send 160 of their fellow citizens to the Capitol in Tallahassee for 60 days each year. But power and wisdom aren’t apportioned equally among Florida lawmakers. Usually only a handful …

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Democrats pressure Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Medicaid

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on Democrats pressure Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Medicaid Wes Hodge

Pressure is mounting on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to end the Legislature’s impasse on Medicaid expansion. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and the 14 Democratic members …

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Petition asks Rick Scott to veto bill blocking paid sicktime

May 6, 2013 Comments Off on Petition asks Rick Scott to veto bill blocking paid sicktime Wes Hodge

A leading group behind the push for mandatory paid sick time in Orange County is starting an online petition to urge Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would block local …

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What passed and what failed in Florida’s 2013 legislative session

May 6, 2013 Comments Off on What passed and what failed in Florida’s 2013 legislative session Wes Hodge

The 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee ended Friday with a lot of bills that didn’t become law. Here is a look at what passed and what didn’t. Click here for …

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Saunders: exempt Orange County from Precourt’s sick time preemption bill

May 5, 2013 Comments Off on Saunders: exempt Orange County from Precourt’s sick time preemption bill Wes Hodge

State. Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, has offered up an amendment to exempt Orange County from a bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory paid sick time benefits for workers. The …

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross blasts Weatherford for spiking Dolphins deal

May 3, 2013 Comments Off on Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross blasts Weatherford for spiking Dolphins deal Wes Hodge

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is none-too-happy with House Speaker Will Weatherford, after the team’s attempt for a taxpayer-supported stadium flamed out in the Florida House on Friday. In a statement, Ross blamed …

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Florida Legislature passes elections reform in response to national scorn

May 3, 2013 Comments Off on Florida Legislature passes elections reform in response to national scorn Wes Hodge

On the final day of session, the Florida Legislature answered the national elections scorn the state absorbed over its long lines and tortoise pace in declaring Barack Obama its 2012 presidential winner. Lawmakers on Friday …

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House passes Rick Scott’s tax cut without two-thirds majority; Democrats promise lawsuit

May 2, 2013 Comments Off on House passes Rick Scott’s tax cut without two-thirds majority; Democrats promise lawsuit Wes Hodge

Florida House Republicans rammed through a 96-page tax bill with no debate Wednesday night and a potentially illegal tax-break for manufacturers which did not get the two-thirds majority required constitutionally …

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House punts on Orange County sick-time bill

May 2, 2013 Comments Off on House punts on Orange County sick-time bill Wes Hodge

House Majority Leader Steve Precourt is refusing to go along with a Senate deal on a local government sick-leave bill, casting some doubt on whether the Orange County-inspired measure can pass the …

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With no deal on healthcare, Democrats continue into Day 2 of stalling tactics

May 1, 2013 Comments Off on With no deal on healthcare, Democrats continue into Day 2 of stalling tactics Wes Hodge

Democrats in the Florida House continued to use procedural tactics to slow down the legislative process Wednesday, part of a protest against the Legislature’s non-action on healthcare reform. Forcing all …

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