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Budget Negotiators Strike Deals on Privatization, PIP, Water Management Districts

Budget Chairs Meet After Day of Deal-Making

April 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

The end game on the state budget drew closer late Friday, as Senate Budget Chairman J.D. Alexander and House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley met after a day of deal-making on the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The brief meeting between Alexander and Grimsley highlighted the progress made on a variety of issues throughout the day, though some -- such as plan to graft a growth-management overhaul onto a conforming bill --- proved more controversial than others, like an agreement on how to reduce retirement costs for state employees.

Contentious Elections Bill Passes Florida House

Presidential Primary Measure, Election Bill Pass House Panel

Destination Casino Bill in Limbo After Vote

April 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

A deadlocked committee vote after time expired further muddied the future of an already-tenuous attempt to bring destination casinos to Florida.

The Senate Finance and Tax Subcommittee tied on a 3-3 vote on the measure (SB 2050), a margin that would usually kill the bill. But Subcommittee Chairwoman Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, then announced that the rushed vote had actually happened after the panels scheduled 10:45 a.m. adjournment -- meaning the vote doesnt count.

House Panel OKs PSC Reform, Renewable Energy Bill

March 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

A House committee on Tuesday approved a sweeping overhaul of the Public Service Commission aimed at preventing questions about ethics and relationships with regulated utilities that rocked the panel beginning in 2009.

The committee bill (ENUS 11-02) would make several changes to the PSC, including tightening rules against ex parte communications, implementing new education requirements for commissioners and -- in the provision that proved most controversial Tuesday allowing the attorney general to appoint the public counsel.

FairDistricts Amendments Submitted, but Battle Could Still Be Ahead

Charlie Crist Testifies Against Sansom in Theft Trial

House Transportation Trust Fund Draws Fire

Forecasters Add $135 Million to Shortfall

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