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House Engages in All-Day Session

April 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

With two weeks left in the legislative session, the House held a lengthy meeting Tuesday, passing a large number of bills and paving the way to pass even more later in the week. While most of the measures passed with little, if any, opposition, attempts to reform hate crime laws and a proposal to reform property insurance rates prompted debate and pointed questions.

The House debated a measure adding homeless people to the Florida hate crime statues. The measure passed 80-28.

Transportation Workers: Don't Raid Our Trust Fund

April 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

Wearing reflective vests and hard hats, more than 400 transportation workers rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday, protesting any cuts to the State Transportation Trust Fund (STTF).

House Approves Seminole Gambling Pact

April 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

While the House had been a barrier to previous gambling pacts in 2007 and 2009, state representatives joined the Senate on Monday in passing a Seminole gaming compact by a 74-39 vote.

Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, maneuvered the measure through the session, bringing it to both a second and third reading on Monday and then moving it through questions and debate.

House Passes Medicaid Reform

April 18, 2010 - 6:00pm


While the number of Medicaid enrollees and their costs continue to grow, the House passed an attempt to reform the program Monday after a week of bipartisan work to amend the bill. The House passed Medicaid reform 80-34.

Political Bits and Pieces

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm


Fresh after vetoing a bill to implement a teacher performance pay standard, Gov. Charlie Crist spent Saturday on the campaign trail for his U.S. Senate bid. Crist was stumping in the district of Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, the chief champion of performance pay in the Legislature

Ash Williams Looks at Florida Public Pension Investments

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm


The wizard behind Florida's investments drew back the curtain Friday to reveal some details of how his office operates.

Ashbel Ash Williams, executive director and chief investment officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), spoke to the Economic Club of Florida, focusing on how Florida public pensions measure up to other state retirement programs.

Notes From a Tea Party

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm

Hundreds of conservatives rallied at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon at the Tallahassee Tax Day Tea Party to protest big government and call for more responsibility from politicians.

A number of local campaignsset up at the rally, including Republican congressional candidates Steve Southerland and David Scholl.

House Sets Stage for Medicaid Vote

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm


While the rest of the Capitol buzzed about Gov. Charlie Crist vetoing the teacher performance pay measure, the House assembled to hammer out a reform package for Medicaid and pass a number of non-controversial bills.

The afternoon session focused on a plan to reform Medicaid and proved to be surprisingly harmonious. With 2.7 million Floridians on Medicaid and that number looking to rise dramatically, members of both parties in the House worked together to set the stage for passing Medicaid reform.

Crist Veto As It Happened

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm

Despite repeated assurances that he would sign it, that the bill represented a powerful improvement in Florida's education standards, Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he had vetoed SB 6.

House Panel Takes Up Redistricting

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm


With Floridians due to vote on two redistricting amendments in November, a House panel met Thursday to tackle the issue at both the congressional and state levels by pushing another amendment.

The amendments already on the ballot, sponsored by Fair Districts Florida, would change how the Legislature will draw up congressional and legislative seats. They prohibit the Legislature from creating districts to benefit or hinder an incumbent or a political party and require the districts to be compact.

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