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Vern Buchanan’s to-do list; stop horse slaughter, enhance Endangered Species Act

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Congress has been on summer break for a long time, but when they finally return to Washington next week, Vern Buchanan has quite a to-do list of the people’s business. Among which, the Sarasota Republican will offer amendments to a government funding bill which bans horse slaughter, combats red tide and protects endangered species.

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Tallahassee lobbyists have a learning moment about ethics reform

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House ethics guru Don Rubottom wrote a poem to explain what the chamber’s new ethics regime is all about: “If you propose it, it should be disclosed before you discuss it, “Before it shows up in any draft of a bill or amendment, “Long before it is filed in the House. “If others propose, disclose by number.” OK, it’s not for the ages, but it captures the spirit of the thing. Rubottom, staff director of the Public Integrity and Ethics…

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Ritch Workman’s legislative colleagues praise his Uber ambitions

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State Rep. Ritch Workman, Tallahassee’s newest Uber driver-partner, is getting rave reviews from his legislative colleagues. Workman, whose other part-time job is chairman of the House Rules Committee, is also director of business development at Keiser University. The Melbourne Republican hopes to use his passion for Uber to gain insight on an issue sure to face legislative battles in the 2016 session. Impressed by first-hand participation, several legislators praised Workman as both an ambitious Floridian and hardworking businessperson. Married with six children,…

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