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Senate Sticks to Its Guns to Expand Gambling to Eight Counties

April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Seminole Tribe would not be required to guarantee $3 billion in payments to the state in exchange for adding craps and roulette to the tribe's casino operations, under the latest offer in gambling negotiations between the House and Senate.

Lawmakers Move Closer to Gambling Deal

April 26, 2017 - 6:15pm
Jose Felix Diaz and Bill Galvano

After years of stalemate, House and Senate leaders appear to be closing in on a deal to revamp Florida's gambling industry and strike an agreement with the Seminole Tribe in what could be a considerable expansion of gambling throughout the state.

The House made what Sen. Bill Galvano, the Senate's chief negotiator on gambling issues, called a "substantial offer" Wednesday morning. The proposal moved toward the Senate's pari-mutuel industry friendly plan, as the May 5 end of the legislative session nears.

Ayala Continues Battling Scott over Removal

April 10, 2017 - 5:30pm

Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is pushing forward with a challenge to Gov. Rick Scott's removal of her from 22 death penalty cases, including a high-profile case involving accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd.

'Humble' Lawson Formally Joins Supreme Court

April 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Judge C. Alan Lawson

Hailed as "a judge's judge," C. Alan Lawson was formally sworn in Wednesday as a member of the Florida Supreme Court in a ceremony marked by high praise for Gov. Rick Scott's first appointee to the seven-member panel.

Court Ruling Could Boost South Florida Gambling

April 4, 2017 - 3:30pm

In a decision that opens the door for a poker room in downtown Miami --- and possibly others throughout South Florida --- an appeals court on Tuesday decided that gambling regulators were wrong to deny a new pari-mutuel permit to a Miami operator.

Plan Would Let Governor Pick Administrative Judges

March 22, 2017 - 5:45pm
Rick Scott

One case involved a tiny horse track where an employee waved a red rag to start a "race" between two aging nags

Another centered on whether pari-mutuels could continue to offer popular "designated-player" poker-style games at card rooms throughout the state.

And a third focused on a dispute between a public hospital system and an industry giant over building a new medical center in Doral.

House Gambling Bill Gets OK as Questions Remain

March 21, 2017 - 10:00pm

A key House committee Tuesday approved a gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe, though a tribe representative recently called the proposal a "non-starter" and major differences remain with the Senate.

Prosecutors Vow to Keep Seeking Death Sentences

March 17, 2017 - 6:15pm

A day after a newly elected prosecutor said she would not seek the death penalty in capital cases, the remainder of Florida's 20 state attorneys affirmed Friday they intend to pursue death sentences when appropriate.

GOP Leaders Go into Session Divided

February 28, 2017 - 9:00pm
Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran

A philosophical schism is plaguing a fractured Republican Party leading up to what insiders characterize as potentially one of the most contentious legislative sessions in modern history.

Senate President Exits Law Firm Amid Water Debate

January 30, 2017 - 6:45pm
Sen. Joe Negron

Senate President Joe Negron resigned from his law firm to avoid a possible conflict of interest over the Republican leader's advocacy on a water issue that has put him directly at odds with one of the firm's biggest clients.

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