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  1. Court okays David Rivera ethics fine a " but will House speaker impose it?Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    A Tallahassee appeals court on Wednesday upheld an ethics censure against former state Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican who is running again for the Florida House, now as a newly minted millionaire. The First District Court of Appeal "summarily" rejected Rivera's contention that the $57,821.96 fine recommended last year by an administrative law judge was improper due to "procedural errors" by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

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  2. Romano: Court calls out lawmakers for sneaky abortion billRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    It seems our two latest House speakers - the outgoing Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and the incoming Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes - were both mighty peeved about the state Supreme Court suspending, at least temporarily, a new law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. Crisafulli and Corcoran are like drunken drivers who want to lecture about the evils of alcohol to the cop who just pulled them over.

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  3. Jacksonville Rep. Reggie Fullwood indicted on federal charges, accused of embezzling campaignRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    A Democratic state representative from Jacksonville has been indicted on more than a dozen federal wire fraud and tax charges and is accused of embezzling campaign funds for personal expenses, ranging from restaurants to jewelry stores. U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced the charges Friday against Reggie Fullwood - a three-term state representative who, this past session, was the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee.

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  4. Dockery: Beware the education trainRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Rep. Erik Fresen's 57-page charter school bill was loaded up with other issues and passed on the last day of the session without meaningful public input. The Florida legislative session is over.

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  5. Florida Senate sends sweeping education proposal to HouseRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    A wide-ranging education bill with more than a dozen significant policy proposals passed the Florida Senate on Wednesday without any debate on the measure's most consequential components. HB 7029 deals with capital funding for both charter and traditional public schools, accountability measures for charter schools, open enrollment in K-12 public schools, high school athletics and funding for state colleges and public universities, among other areas.

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  6. As gaming bill dies, Florida lawmakers agree to crack down on dog racingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    As a consolation to the defeated gambling bill this session, the Florida House attempted to revive two other special-interest priorities Friday - defining fantasy sports as a game of skill and requiring greyhound tracks to report their dogs' injuries. The dog advocates won, but attempts to shield companies like DraftKings and FanDuel from being tarred by the courts as illegal gambling operations failed.

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

    Jan 12, 2016 | 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.

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

    Jan 8, 2016 | 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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