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Florida House goes Michael Bay with Irma recovery video

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The Florida House of Representatives graphics team has done it again, putting together an uplifting 5-minute clip about the state’s recovery after Hurricane Irma.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

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Richard Corcoran announces 2018 leadership in House

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In a Tuesday memo, House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced his leadership for the 2018 Legislative Session, including the committee weeks that lead up to the annual session. Current Majority Whip Dane Eagle keeps that post, but now will be a member of the Republican leadership team. Rep. Jim Boyd will chair the Commerce Committee, taking over from Jose Felix Diaz, who is running for state Senate. Replacing Boyd at the helm of the Ways & Means Committee is Paul Renner, recently picked…

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Ray Rodrigues, other SWFL leaders host fundraiser for Matt Caldwell

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Rep. Matt Caldwell is getting a little help from his friends in bid for Agriculture Commissioner. Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, Rep. Dane Eagle, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen are among the more than three dozen Southwest Florida officials scheduled to host a fundraiser for Caldwell on Monday night. The fundraiser, according to a copy of the invitation, is scheduled to kick off around 5:30 p.m. at Suncoast Beverage in downtown Fort Myers. Rodrigues, an Estero Republican, was selected to serve as…

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Florida welfare recipients could face tougher sanctions

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People who receive cash assistance from the Florida government and fail to comply with work requirements could be left without money for a longer time. A House panel on Thursday advanced a bill (HB 23) that would toughen sanctions for individuals who do not work toward furthering their education or careers while in the program. The vote came over the objections of Democrats, who said it would leave more families hungry and would make it harder for people to get…

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Some lawmakers worry children will suffer under new Florida work-for-welfare bill

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A bill voted favorably by a Florida House committee Tuesday would increase penalties for Floridians receiving food stamps and cash aid, but have not met obligations to find work. HB 23 would return those penalties to levels before the 2008 Great Recession. Rep. Dane Eagle, who introduced the same measure in the 2016 Legislative Session which the Senate later rejected, re-introduced HB 23 to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, citing instances of wanton abuse in the system. Eagle said…

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House bill advances to give University of Florida $2.5M for medical marijuana study

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The University of Florida would get about $2.5 million to study the effectiveness of medical marijuana under a bill that cleared the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday. HB 3159 by Cape Coral Republican Rep. Dane Eagle is aimed at the compassionate use bill lawmakers approved in 2014, which legalized low-THC, high-cannabidiol marijuana for the treatment of some diseases, such as epilepsy in children. A similar, $1 million UF study was approved by the legislature back in 2015, with that…

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