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Weekly Roundup: Relationship Problems

June 23, 2017 - 6:45pm
Stephen Bittel

Relationships are hard to sustain in life, and nowhere is that more true than in politics. All of the usual building, maintenance and occasional rebuilding happen under the glare of public scrutiny.

Democrats Try to Build Support in Governor's Race

June 18, 2017 - 6:00am

With 14 months to go before they face their party's voters, the three declared Democratic candidates for governor gingerly began outlining their different approaches to the race during a forum Saturday in front of a packed room of activists.

Scott Approves Pay Raises for State Workers

June 14, 2017 - 6:15pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill.

In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

Special Session Plane Lands after Fruitful 'Backroom Deal'

June 9, 2017 - 8:45pm

Hours after a special session about education and economic development seemed on the verge of falling apart, legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott on Friday struck a last-minute agreement salvaging their priorities but setting off renewed criticism over backroom dealing.

Special Session Gets Off to a Rocky Start

June 7, 2017 - 9:30pm
Joe Negron and Richard Corcoran

A special session meant to bridge differences between House and Senate leaders over education funding and economic development instead seemed Wednesday to be driving the two chambers further apart.

Constitution Panel Struggles to Agree on Rules

June 6, 2017 - 7:15pm

The first substantive meeting of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission showed clear rifts among members of the panel responsible for putting proposed constitutional changes on the 2018 ballot.

TaxWatch: Fewer Turkeys, Less Transparency

May 26, 2017 - 6:15pm

 Reforms to the way the Legislature puts its budget together lowered the number of "turkeys" wedged into the spending plan, but there are still some items Gov. Rick Scott should consider vetoing, a Tallahassee-based think tank said Friday.

Florida TaxWatch included $177.8 million worth of spending in its annual "Turkey Watch" report --- aimed at identifying projects that were added to the $82.4 billion spending plan under processes the business-backed organization objects to on the grounds of transparency or accountability.

Weekly Roundup: Decisions, Decisions

May 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

The weeks after the legislative session are typically a decision season for the governor, who has to plow through dozens of bills and hundreds of spending items sent to him by lawmakers and pick which ones become law and which ones don't.

Weekly Roundup: A Return Ticket?

May 12, 2017 - 10:00pm

Almost from the moment the gavel fell on the regular legislative session Monday night, there were already calls for a special session.

The regular session was grinding and filled with squabbling --- and ended three days late --- and some members wanted to do it all over again.

Session Roundup: All Over but the Budget

May 7, 2017 - 5:15pm

To the extent that any legislative session is remembered, the 2017 edition might be remembered as much for what lawmakers didn't do as for what they did.

Supposedly must-pass bills on workers' compensation and medical marijuana turned out not to be as must-pass as originally thought. A gambling bill that lawmakers said was closer to becoming law than ever before? Dead long before lawmakers stopped work Friday night on most issues.

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