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Florida’s budget for the coming fiscal year is now in the hands of the House and Senate budget chiefs.  They’re planning to settle as many differences as they can and ‘bump’ the rest to the presiding officers by noon Sunday.

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This week House and Senate presiding officers settled on an overall budget figure of roughly $82.9 billion split into nine separate allocations.  Friday morning five subcommittees met to trade offers—laid out in spreadsheets hundreds of rows long. 

In Memory Of Nubia Barahona Facebook page

The case of a surviving abuse victim that led to the overhaul of Florida’s child welfare system may be close to reaching a resolution. While the claims bill to further compensate the victim has usually died in the past legislative sessions, it’s now headed to the Governor for final approval.

Visit Florida

Visit Florida is fighting for economic survival the only way it knows how, through a marketing campaign.

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
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The Florida House passed a measure calling for the state to create a slavery memorial. Bill sponsor Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee said he’s hopeful Senate will agree to hear it on the floor.

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Florida lawmakers are considering letting local officials meet one on one, outside of the public eye. But a first amendment advocate says the change could encourage corruption.

Rep. Mike LaRosa is sponsoring a measure keeping local governments from writing special requirements for short-term, vacation rentals.
Florida House of Representatives

The Florida House has approved a measure aimed at keeping local governments from restricting residents from renting out their homes.  Any ordinances would have to apply to all residences.

Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott is defending his decision to remove State Attorney Aramis Ayala from death penalty cases. Attorneys for Scott argue the Florida Supreme Court should dismiss Ayala’s claims that the governor unlawfully moved the cases to another prosecutor.

Florida House of Representatives

Lawmakers are criticizing the committee charged with drafting Florida’s environmental spending plan.  

Margie Menzel

Hundreds turned out Thursday night (4/27) to roast Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s President and CEO Mark O’Bryant, all for a good cause.

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2017 Legislative Issues

Florida's legislative session has begun and several issues are expected to arise during this year's lawmaking session.

From NPR News

Updated 7:45 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump is passing on one of the biggest events on Washington's annual social calendar and, instead, spending his 100th day in office focused on trade and holding a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

A U.S. service member died Saturday from wounds sustained in an explosion outside Mosul, Iraq, according to a statement from the U.S military.

The statement offered no further details.

Iraqi troops — with the aid of U.S. forces — have been fighting to push the Islamic State out of Mosul for the past six months.

It is the second American military fatality since the Mosul operation began, reports The Military Times.

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