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Joe Henderson: Richard Corcoran’s invite to Bill Nelson a stick in Rick Scott’s eye, maybe more

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There were all kinds of messages being sent to Gov. Rick Scott late last week at the Florida House of Representatives. The one from Democrat Bill Nelson, a three-term U.S. senator, can be summed up in two words: game on. Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran had his own two-word message for the governor. I think I’ll leave it at that. Is loathing too strong a word for how those two feel about each other? Whatever the interpretation of the message,…

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Reform school horrors relived as Florida prepares an apology

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Several men painfully recalled being beaten and sexually abused at a north Florida reform school as the state begins the steps to formally apologize for the horrors they endured more than 50 years ago. A Senate bill to recognize the abuse at the now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. House Speaker Richard Corcoran later met with men who were abused at the school during the late 1950s…

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Darryl Rouson files Dozier School apology bill

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Countless young Floridian men were brutalized at the Dozier School in Marianna up until 2011. Two Florida Democrats, St. Petersburg Sen. Darryl Rouson and Jacksonville Rep. Tracie Davis, believe that it is time for the state to answer for the abuse conducted over a staggering 111 years. HR 1335/SR 1440 were filed, asserts a press release from the legislators, “to strongly condemn and apologize for the horrors and abuses” at the Jackson County reform school, which routinely saw human rights violations imposed to punish infractions…

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Ed Narain and Arthenia Joyner say there’s been “a level of justice” achieved after Rick Scott signs Dozier School for Boys bill

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The families of the more than 50 deceased children discovered from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys will receive $7,500 for reimbursement of burial and grave marker expenses after Governor Rick Scott signed legislation on Wednesday. The bill also establishes a Dozier Task Force headed by the secretary of the Department of State to recommend creation of a memorial and permanent site for the re-interment of unidentified or unclaimed remains. The reform school, Florida’s first juvenile detention center for boys, was…

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Legislature sends elections supervisors pay raise, Dozier School for Boys bills to Gov. Rick Scott

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As elections officials across the state are focused election day, Gov. Rick Scott is tasked with pondering giving them a pay raise. The Legislature on Tuesday sent Scott more than a dozen bills, including a proposal that would increase the base salaries of the state’s 67 county elections chiefs. The bill (SB 514) puts elections supervisors in line with the base salaries used for elected clerks and comptrollers, property appraisers and tax collectors. Sen. Garrett Richter and Rep. Frank Artiles,…

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Dozier School bill moves to House

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House members on Monday began looking at a bill to provide funds for a “proper burial” for those who died at a shuttered, but still notorious, boys’ reform school in the Florida Panhandle. The bill (SB 708) also authorizes the Department of State to “preserve historical resources, records, archives, and artifacts” related to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. But the House sponsor, Democrat Ed Narain of Tampa, made clear that the measure was not intended as a predicate for a…

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