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Rick Scott wants tax measure on next year’s ballot

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Following the lead of several other states, Gov. Rick Scott wants to make it harder for state legislators to raise taxes or fees. Scott on Monday said he wants to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot that would require any tax or fee hikes to be approved by a supermajority of the Florida Legislature.

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Florida’s cost for losing lawsuits keeps growing

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Florida’s price tag for losing legal battles – which has included courtroom fights over drug testing, voting rights and gay marriage – continues to grow under Gov. Rick Scott. Scott recently agreed to pay $1.1 million to cover the legal bills of physicians and medical organizations in their successful challenge of a law that restricted doctors’ ability to talk to patients about guns. The law had been pushed through the Florida Legislature at the urging of the National Rifle Association.

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Florida will hand over some voting information to commission

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The administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it would hand over some voter information being sought by President Donald Trump‘s commission investigating allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 election. But Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by the Republican governor, wrote a letter to the vice chair of the commission saying that the state will only hand over information that is already considered a public record. This would include the names of voters, as…

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New deal: Florida and Seminoles settle blackjack dispute

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday ended a legal tussle over the tribe’s estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation in the state. The two sides agreed to drop an ongoing lawsuit over whether the tribe can keep blackjack tables at its well-known casinos in the state, including the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa. Under the terms of the settlement, the tribe will get to keep blackjack tables until 2030,…

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Gov. Rick Scott worth nearly $150 million

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Gov. Rick Scott, a multi-millionaire who turns down the $130,000 annual salary that goes with his job, saw his personal wealth rise in the past year. Scott on Friday filed financial information with the state that listed his net worth at nearly $149 million, or a jump of nearly 25 percent from 2015. The Republican governor is a former health care executive who relies on income earned from a blind trust that is controlled by a long-time business associate. Scott,…

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Federal authorities launch probe into city of Tallahassee

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In a move that could shake-up next year’s race for Florida governor, the FBI has launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital. Federal grand jury subpoenas this month seek five years of records from the city of Tallahassee and a local redevelopment agency that involve high profile projects and developers including an ally of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Gillum, one of several Democrats in the 2018 governor’s race, is not named…

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