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Dozens of candidates have raised $100,000 or more for their House races

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The end of the 2016 legislative session last month can only mean one thing — election season is coming. Campaign finance reports were due to the state on Monday. The March fundraising reports show that more than two dozen candidates for the Florida House have more than $100,000 in cash on hand, and several candidates raised upwards of $200,000 since getting in the race. The fundraising totals were compiled by On 3 Public Relations. House District 52 — Republican Brian Hodgers…

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2016 state radio funds allocated; next procurement to begin this summer

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The Department of Management Services’ Joint Task Force panel detailed on Monday how $7 million allocated for state law enforcement radios last year will be spent, possibly giving a clue into how another $7 million appropriated for SLERS during the 2016 Legislative Session may be allocated as well. The funding item has been the topic of a heated intra-industry fight between two major state government vendors. Brevard County-based Harris Corporation, who holds the lucrative nine-figure contract to produce and service nearly all of…

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Jeanette Núñez’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, budget conference

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What do you do when you are asked to carry the water for a colleague running for the Florida Senate, who is looking to curry favor with a large business in his district by requesting funding for a line item nobody asked for, the state doesn’t need, and the Senate vehemently opposes? You do what Rep. Jeanette Núñez has been doing for Rep. Ritch Workman, which is to stick to a script that on the surface sounds believable, but is…

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Government ops budgets inch closer but law enforcement radios dispute remains

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The Committee on Government Operations Appropriations/General Government Appropriation held its fourth and final meeting of the budget conferencing period Monday morning. Chairwoman Rep. Jeanette Nunez and Vice Chairman Sen. Alan Hays closed out “back of the bill” differences, but couldn’t agree on about a dozen line items. They will be “bumped up” for consideration by chief budget writers Rep. Richard Corcoran and Sen. Tom Lee. Among the outstanding issues were $1 million for “dependent eligibility benefit verification services,” capital depreciation funding for the Department of Management…

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Gov’t ops budgets inch toward reconciliation

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The Government Operations/General Government budget conference held its second meeting Saturday, as the sub-chairs for each chamber — Rep. Jeanette Nunez and Sen. Alan Hays — continued to wrangle spreadsheets and inch closer to squaring the $10 million in differences between their respective proposals. This time it was the House’s turn to respond to a Senate offer from earlier this morning, and Nunez made progress towards reconciling the outstanding line items, though they remain about $11.6 million apart. Major sticking points include some $7…

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House, Senate gov’t ops budget proposals still nearly $11 million apart

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The Senate presented its first offer on funding for the government operations segment of the budget Saturday morning. Budget writers sounded conciliatory during the meeting, but the two chambers’ proposals remained $10.9 million apart. The biggest difference between the Senate and House offers, according to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, is that the Senate would grant county clerks of court $10 million in additional trust fund authority. The extra $10 million flowing into the trust fund would depend on a…

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Senate transportation panel OKs tweaks to Miami expressway authority

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The Senate Committee on Transportation approved a bill to rejigger representation within the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and tighten ethics rules within the quasi-governmental body. The transportation panel approved SB 574, sponsored by Miami Sen. Anitere Flores, by a vote of 6-0. Toll increases and disclosure problems with the expressway authority, known locally and in legislative parlance as MDX, precipitated the bill, which is again being sponsored in the House by Rep. Jeanette Nunez. The pair of Miami-area legislators have pursued similar bills in 2013 and…

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