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After a seemingly rule-less meeting, constitution panel adopts rules

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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission now has a set of rules for how it might go about writing major changes to Florida’s Constitution. Those rules — addressing such matters as who will appoint committees, how proposals will move through committees, whether Florida’s Sunshine laws will cover everything — emerged from a sometimes chaotic debate in Orlando Tuesday morning at a meeting that Chair Carlos Beruff adjourned suddenly after he got what he apparently wanted. By a 20-11 vote, the commission adopted a proposal…

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Implementation of medical marijuana amendment brings together unlikely allies

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With establishment lobbyists now representing it, the medical marijuana cause appears to have become—grab your pearls—respectable. Florida for Care, the nonprofit organization that is advocating for “well-regulated” medicinal pot in the state, has hired Brecht Heuchan and The Mayernick Group to advocate for its interests. Heuchan, who says he voted against the medical marijuana constitutional amendment this November, has worked for Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work PAC. He’ll lobby the executive agencies. “I didn’t want Florida to be like California but my vote…

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Gov. Scott to launch $1 million TV ad campaign for tax cuts

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching an expensive television ad campaign to convince state legislators to back his tax cut package. Scott’s political committee will start airing ads next week in the state’s media markets. The ad buy by Let’s Get to Work is expected to cost more than $1 million. Scott wants state legislators this year to approve $1 billion worth of tax cuts. He is also asking the Florida Legislature to create a $250 million fund to lure…

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July 4th Weekend is brought to you by these lobbyists and political organizations

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It doesn’t get much more American than the Fourth of July. After all, the holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was then 239 years go our founders took great personal risk to declare their independence, and created this democratic republic out of their blood, sweat, and philosophical determination. The politics of 1776 were void of “registered lobbyists” but the things that we associate with Independence Day today, however — trips to recreational locales, beer &  spirits and even…

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Let’s Get to Work raises $275K in May

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Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee, Let’s Get to Work, raised $275,000 in May, including a $100,000 check from Jupiter businessman and trustee of the DeGeorge Charitable Trust, Lawrence F. DeGeorge. The contributions push the committee’s yearly total to $2.6 million, though they are markedly lower than the monster hauls brought in during the legislative session months of March ($1 million) and April ($687,500). The total came from just 16 contributions, including contributions from three divisions of Scott’s former company, Hospital Corporation of America, which…

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The latest on five legislative food fights

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Where things stand on a number of “legislative food fights” is a complicated question in today’s adversarial climate at the Capitol. The $4 billion chasm between the House and Senate budget proposals is casting a shadow on every corner of legislative business, both appropriations and policy measures. “Bill aren’t just dying; they’re being massacred,” state Rep. Frank Artiles told this reporter in line at a Shell station on Monroe Street in Tallahassee Saturday evening. Nonetheless, the show must go on in the…

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Bills to alter tobacco settlements referred to committees

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A smoldering battle in the Florida Legislature affecting the manner in which four major tobacco firms will have to pay up more than 4,000 claimants has taken an early step toward its climax: bills by state Sen. Garrett Richter and state Rep. David Santiago have escaped the session slush pile and been referred to committees in both chambers. The proposal’s original version, Richter’s SB 978, will face just two committee stops: Judiciary and Rules. The House companion sponsored by Santiago will also forgo the…

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