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Rick Scott issues first veto of 2015, nixes Citizens reform to curb opt-in letters

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From the distance of his presidential cattle call in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott issued his first veto of the year late Tuesday afternoon, scrubbing HB 1087, a bill supported by a coalition of South Florida Republicans and most legislative Democrats that would curb a practice of forcing policyholders to continually “opt-in” to their Citzens Property Insurance Corp. policies by way of formal correspondence, which consumer advocates and some legislators say is abusive. The proposal, sponsored by state Reps. Michael Bileca, Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz,…

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Medicaid dental carve-out saga shows fundamentals still matter

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Amid the early skirmishes of the 2015 legislative session, an unexpected upset occurred last week when a bill died in its first committee of reference. The fact the bill died is not entirely surprising, especially in light of the policy in the bill. In fact, that the bill was even being considered is a testament to the incredible effort of its proponents. This is the third year in a row the bill was being considered, and it had every political advantage…

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House gaming legislation to be workshopped March 26

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Reports of the death of Dana Young‘s new gaming legislation are greatly exaggerated, according to the House Majority Leader — despite speculation that she may alter or even withdraw her ambitious plan from consideration, Young tells SaintPetersBlog that her proposal will be workshopped at a meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, March 26. Young’s plan — consisting of three linked House bills, HB 1233, HB 1235 and HB 1237 —   has been labeled by opponents as a straight expansion…

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