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  1. Florida Legislature will tackle death penalty in wake of U.S. Supreme Court rulingRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jan 12 | St. Petersburg Times

    Florida lawmakers are prioritizing a fix to Florida's death penalty sentencing procedures after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law giving judges the final say on capital sentencing. House Criminal Justice chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, said his committee will take on a bill to address the Supreme Court's problems.


  2. Florida Legislature returns seeking unity despite simmering divisionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jan 8 | St. Petersburg Times

    Fresh off a year spent snared in gridlock over redistricting and the state budget, the Florida Legislature returns Tuesday for its annual 60-day session with fresh optimism that it will restore harmony to the process and put a halt to taxpayer-funded overtime. The session, set two months earlier than normal, is expected to open with the passage of the top priorities of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando: a sweeping rewrite of state water policy and a package of bills encouraging the advancement of students with disabilities.


  3. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott's $1B in tax cuts met with skepticismRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    That's Gov. Rick Scott's goal for cutting taxes in 2016. But with each passing day, it looks more obvious that Scott is headed for defeat because the Legislature is not sold on the idea.


  4. Four sessions, three breakdowns for Florida Legislature cost taxpayers $1 millionRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In the course of just seven months, the budget fell apart and the House and Senate fell short of agreement on redrawing congressional and Senate districts. In total, the cost to taxpayers of repeated special sessions this year is likely to exceed $1 million.


  5. Florida legislators open redistricting session, hit new wallRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Less than an hour after Florida legislators opened their fourth special session on redistricting Monday, they were roiling in a bitter dispute over how far they could go to protect half the Senate from facing voters in a tumultuous presidential election year. Just moments after the Legislature officially started its special session at noon, it became abundantly clear one major hurdle already exists as the chambers prepare to redraw Florida's 40 state Senate seats: The two chambers, dominated by Republicans, are split over who will have to run for re-election in the Senate in 2016.


  6. Seminole Tribe meets with governor as gaming deadline loomsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    With an Oct. 31 deadline looming that would officially end the current multi-million dollar compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe, Gov. Rick Scott secretly met with top officials of the Hard Rock Casinos in his office Wednesday morning. Officials from the tribe, which own the Hard Rock Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, flew to Tallahassee on their private jet for the meeting, which the governor had scheduled but did not include on his daily schedule.


  7. After clash with lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott seeks public support for student job skills programRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 12, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Rebuffed by Florida lawmakers last spring, Gov. Rick Scott is barnstorming for public support for education programs he wants in the next state budget. Scott visited two high school technical centers in Miami Lakes and Orlando Monday to push for a $20 million grant program he calls "a career in a year," to encourage centers to teach skills to match emerging needs in Florida's workforce.


  8. Hernando High runner Trevor Foley earning elite statusRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    One year after dominating as a freshman at Nature Coast Tech, Trevor Foley jumped over to the most storied cross country program in the area at Hernando High. The results have been awe-inspiring.


  9. Florida House asks court to mediate redistricting; Senate objectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The intra-party feuding that led to a legislative stalemate on congressional redistricting continued Monday as Republican House leaders split from the Senate and asked the Florida Supreme Court to allow a trial court judge to mediate their dispute. "We are in an unprecedented and unique time, and every action we take is charting new territory," acknowledged House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, in a letter to House members after House lawyers filed a motion asking the Florida Supreme Court to relinquish jurisdiction of the redistricting case for 60 days.


  10. Legislature at impasse over how to draw Florida's congressional districtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    A divide over how to shape Tampa Bay's congressional districts is creating uncertainty over whether the Legislature will be able to finish its job in a court-ordered special session on time. While a legislative impasse is hardly new in the recent political dynamics of the House and the Senate, the latest breakdown is complicated by the fact that they are under a Florida Supreme Court order to draw new districts because the last two attempts failed to produce a constitutionally sound map.


  11. Florida lawmakers reluctantly convene for another redistricting sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 10, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    It was 101 degrees in the shade Monday afternoon when Florida legislators gaveled open a two-week special session to redraw - for the third time - the state's congressional districts and, within minutes, it became apparent that hardly anyone wanted to be there. The governor and his family had jetted off to Paris for a vacation.


  12. Column: How you can help redraw congressional districtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In response to the Florida Supreme Court ruling, the Legislature will gather in Tallahassee from Monday until Aug. 21 to redraw Florida's congressional districts. Though time is short, we want to make sure you can participate.


  13. Steve Bousquet: Bush and Scott budget vetoes: A tale of two governorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    When Jeb Bush used his line-item veto powers as governor, he was being "Veto Corleone," a principled steward of tax dollars and a man deserving of respect. That's the version of events being pushed by two prominent pro-Bush Republican state senators who are showcased in a new Bush presidential campaign video, defending his record on the subject of line-item vetoes.


  14. Talk of big legislative session for environment proved wrongRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Before a bitter dispute over health care funding ground the Legislature to a halt, this was going to be the year for water issues and the environment. Four million voters had just passed Amendment 1, directing money to conservation.


  15. Midnight madness: A flurry of back-room deals before lawmakers settle on $79 billion budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Florida legislators finished work on an $79 billion state budget in a final flurry of spending, emerging from behind closed doors near midnight Monday with long lists of hometown projects and provisions tilted to favor vendors. "This is the democratic process," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon.


  16. Editorial: It comes down to 12 votesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Perhaps a dozen votes, give or take. That is roughly how many more votes are needed today for the Florida House to accept Medicaid expansion money to help provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians.


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

    Jun 1, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    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.


  18. Feds say Florida needs $1 billion in hospital funding for poor next yearRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The federal government told Florida Thursday that the state will need $1 billion next year to maintain a hospital payment program that's at the center of a political stalemate preventing passage of a new state budget. In a letter to state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said the $1 billion would "maintain stability while the system transitions" to new ways of compensating hospitals for the high cost of treating poor patients, a program known as LIP or low income pool.


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

    May 16, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    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 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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