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  1. Environmentalists sue Florida lawmakers over budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 22 | The Miami Herald

    Saying lawmakers defied the state constitution, three environmental groups sued the Florida Legislature Monday, claiming they ignored an amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters in November to conserve the state's disappearing wilderness and protect its water supplies. "Instead of complying with the mandate of Amendment 1... the Legislature misappropriated over $300 million," the lawsuit claims.

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  2. Budget priorities reflect whoa s got clout in TallahasseeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 18 | The Miami Herald

    When the sun shone on the legislative budget agreement completed an hour before midnight Monday, the examples of who-you-know politics came to light - millions of dollars in pet projects for legislative leaders and well-connected lobbyists. But often faring worse were those projects that didn't have a high-profile voice - those with waiting lists of services for the adult disabled, the elderly and even public safety.

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  3. As budget deal emerges, Florida Legislaturea s midnight raid on treasury redefines a transparencyaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 16 | The Miami Herald

    Page after page of vendor-driven language dealing with replacing portable statewide police radios, creating a pilot online education program and a $1 million handout to the beef and beef products industry. Now that's pork! Just before midnight at Florida's Capitol, legislators reappeared in public to put the finishing touches on an $80 billion-or-so budget that now awaits the formality of an up-or-down vote by lawmakers and a review by Gov. Rick Scott.

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  4. Florida lawmakers enter last stretch of special session with some unresolved issuesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jun 14 | The Miami Herald

    Florida legislators on Monday begin the final week of their three-week special session that was required because they could not settle differences on health care and pass a budget in the regular session that ended April 30. This is the closest the Legislature has come to ending the fiscal year with no budget since 1992. AMENDMENT 1: Lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement on how to divvy up more than $700 million set aside by voters for buying and conserving land.

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  5. Florida House passes healthcare bills, hoping to drive down costsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jun 12 | The Miami Herald

    The Florida House on Friday attacked and changed regulations that it says make it too expensive for people to see a doctor or go to the hospital. Six bills passed Friday are the Republican-controlled chamber's answer to rising - and often prohibitively expensive - healthcare costs.

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  6. Antonia Gerena Rivera, Floridaa s oldest woman, dies at 115Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 8 | The Miami Herald

    GENERATION PORTRAIT: Antonia Gerena Rivera, at 110 on Jan. 20, 2011, at her Miami home with daughter Carmen Solis, then 85, and granddaughter Jennie Jimenez, then 66. FITNESS OVER 100: Antonia Gerena Rivera, at her Miami home, was still touching her toes and walking unassisted at 105 and with assistance well past 110. She died at 115 on June 2, 2015, and set the record for the oldest Florida resident ever and the oldest Puerto Rican woman ever.

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  7. Florida budget talks collapse after political brawlRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 8 | The Miami Herald

    State budget talks abruptly crashed Monday as angry senators accused House members of breaking an agreement to cut the money that Gov. Rick Scott uses to lure jobs to Florida. But by nightfall, a key senator called it a misunderstanding and said the Senate would compromise with the House to get negotiations back on track in the second week of a three-week special session.

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  8. Sharply divided Florida Legislature kicks off special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    A sharply divided Florida Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday to resolve unfinished business, including a state budget, a stalemate over health care and expanded environmental protections mandated by voters in the state Constitution. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, gaveled the session to order at 1 p.m. in an eerily quiet Capitol, nearly five weeks after the regular session collapsed in a bitter clash over health care.

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  9. Florida Senate and House agree to scope of special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    In their first tangible sign of progress in weeks, legislative leaders Friday set the agenda for a June special session to include a budget, Medicaid expansion, tax cuts and several other issues. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, issued a joint proclamation that specifies the issues to be considered during a three-week session starting at 1 p.m. June 1. Included in the list of issues is the Senate's modified version of Medicaid expansion, a health insurance exchange that relies on federal Medicaid money to expand health care to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.

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  10. Gov. Rick Scott sparks resistance and confusion with call for a continuationa budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    BIZARRE BUDGET PLAN: Gov. Rick Scott's call for a status quo or "continuation" state budget faces growing resistance from leaders of the Florida Legislature, who say they can still resolve an impasse and produce a budget by July 1. Taking direct aim at President Barack Obama, Scott took his case to Washington on Tuesday where he met with Republican members of Congress, a day after a TV interview in which he sounded resigned to adopting a "continuation budget," an idea met with opposition and bewilderment back home.

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  11. Merritt Island: Glow-in-the-dark kayaking on the Space CoastRead the original story w/Photo

    May 7, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The hulking, witchy-armed mangroves engulfed me in such solitude and deep darkness that I fleetingly thought I should be a little freaked - out there in a solo kayak at night with no one else in sight. But the magical liquid light show around me provoked such a profound sense of wonder that I couldn't possibly react beyond gasps and giggles of delight.

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  12. Why did the Florida House adjourn early? Answering your questionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The session jumped off the rails at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told his 119 colleagues in the lower chamber that they were done and could go back home three days before Friday's scheduled end date. The Senate, caught off guard, now plans to finish up Wednesday.

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  13. Another fine messRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    In an arrogant display of legislative malpractice, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, unilaterally ended the 60-day annual session of the Legislature on Tuesday. The sudden development leaves Florida's finances in disarray and its residents fed up.

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  14. Florida House abruptly adjourns session early saying impasse is insurmountableRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    After weeks of impasse over the state budget and Medicaid expansion, the Florida House unilaterally ended the annual legislative session on Tuesday, three days earlier than scheduled, saying the differences with the Senate were impossible to resolve. "Never before has a budget come to a total standstill over policy differences between these two chambers,'' said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, as he unilaterally ended the 60-day legislative session to a close on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m..

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  15. Bills aimed at helping people with special needs become casualty of legislative impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    A day after it was reported that House Speaker Steve Crisafulli accused Senate President Andy Gardiner of sandbagging him on Medicaid expansion, the House released its agenda for the week that shows no sign of the priority bills he and Gardiner agreed to relating to people with special needs. The bills are a top priority of Gardiner , an Orlando Republican whose son has Down Syndrome.

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  16. Despite $600 million offer from House, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn't refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts. But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end.

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  17. What polls say about Medicaid expansion in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The Florida Legislature is split on what to do about Medicaid expansion, but Republican House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said that isn't the case for many constituents. "If you go into a federal program like that, you will soon find out what it means to be married to Washington.

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  18. Jordan Skalet caps banner week for American Heritage with doubles tennis titleRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 17, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    It wasn't necessarily the perfect follow-up to American Heritage's perfect score, but Jordan Skalet still brought the Patriots one more gold medal from the Class 2A state tennis championships. After losing to Merritt Island's Albert Go for the overall singles title Friday morning, Skalet exacted a little payback later around lunchtime by teaming with Zach Ebenfeld to capture the overall doubles crown in another Heritage-Merritt Island showdown.

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  19. Legislators reach compromise on prison reformRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 16, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    A panel of legislators would be empowered to investigate and subpoena staff at the Department of Corrections in an effort to provide aggressive oversight and demand reform at the troubled agency, under a compromise prison reform plan being floated by top negotiators. The tentative deal was hatched Thursday between Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, as they huddled together in the House chamber during the morning legislative session.

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  20. Florida Legislature heads toward special session because of Medicaid impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Asked by reporters if he agreed it was already too late to meet their deadline, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said he did. "I would assume most likely we're looking at a special session," Crisafulli said.

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