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Weekly Roundup: Pomp, Circumstance and Priorities

January 14, 2018 - 5:45pm

Lubricated by cocktails at an annual pre-session Associated Industries of Florida fete Monday, the first week of the 2018 legislative session bore many of the usual hallmarks of the 60-day pageant.

Latvala's Legal Woes Could Worsen Because of National Harassment Focus

December 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Jack Latvala
Maintaining his innocence after a special master concluded he had engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment for years, Sen. Jack Latvala announced Wednesday he will quit his legislative post.
But the Clearwater Republican's legal troubles may not be over, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement explores whether Latvala broke public corruption laws by promising legislative favors in exchange for sex, as alleged in two reports released this week.

Special Master: Latvala 'May Have Violated Laws Prohibiting Public Corruption'

Weekly Roundup: Scott Gets Win in a Chilly Week

December 15, 2017 - 12:30pm
Rick Scott

The temperatures plummeted outside the Capitol this week, but the frigid conditions aren't limited to the out-of-doors.

Allegations of sexual harassment lodged against Sen. Jack Latvala, subsequent twin investigations and threats of civil and criminal legal action have thrown a chill over interactions between lawmakers, lobbyists and aides as they try to conduct business amid a national culture shift about how men treat women.

Weekly Roundup: Workman Out, Brown Down

December 8, 2017 - 6:15pm
Ritch Workman and Corrine Brown

Christmas trees have been hoisted inside the House and Senate chambers, but lawmakers won't be around to spread the holiday cheer.

Weekly Roundup: Big Issues amid a Capitol Storm

December 1, 2017 - 6:30pm

With Thanksgiving already a speck in the rearview mirror, Capitol insiders are slowly plodding toward the advent of the 2018 legislative session next month.

The legislative agenda was bare this week, but the Florida Supreme Court and the Constitution Revision Commission made up for the quiet in the halls of the House and Senate.

State Proceeds with Disputed Medical Marijuana ID Contract

November 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

After hearing a litany of complaints from lawmakers, state health officials are moving forward with a contested contract to process medical-marijuana patient identification cards.

It's the Senate Lawyers' Turn in Latvala Probe, as Second Complaint Is Filed

November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm
Jack Latvala

The Florida Senate has hired a prominent Tallahassee lawyer amid a probe into sexual-harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican.

'Toxic Environment for Women' Rocks Statehouses Nationwide

November 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
Statehouses in Florida, California and Kentucky

Throughout the nation, lawmakers are being forced to confront revelations about dirty little secrets once kept hidden behind the statehouse doors.

The toppling of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, and the ensuing #MeToo social media campaign have emboldened women to tell stories of abuse or inappropriate treatment that remained under wraps in state capitols --- among other work environs populated by powerful men --- in some cases for decades.

Proposal Takes Aim at 'Coercion of Sex' at the Capitol

November 7, 2017 - 5:45pm

Kentucky's speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member's sexual-harassment claims.

A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her.

In Massachusetts, legislative leaders created a task force to probe sexual misconduct following an explosive Boston Globe column detailing a decades-old climate of sexual harassment and intimidation.



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