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Tallahassee not the only town with ‘sine die’ traditions

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Tallahassee is devoted to certain traditions on “sine die,” the final day of the yearly legislative session, but it’s the not the only state that has them. In Idaho, capital reporters wear ugly ties near session’s end to “encourage legislators to finish their business quickly and go home,” says a Legislative Research Librarians newsletter. In the Magnolia State, Mississippi State University lobbyists put tomato seedlings “on the desks of legislators, staff members and sometimes statehouse reporters.” “The tradition started several decades ago after university researchers engineered…

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A sign the end is near: It’s time to play #CateSineDie

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The end of the 2017 Session is quickly approaching, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to get your bets in. Yep, it’s time for #CateSineDie. Here’s how Kevin Cate, the media guru for which the annual parlor game is name after, put it Wednesday morning: “I love traditions and this is one of my favorites. The 2017 Florida Legislative Session is winding down. The last day is scheduled for May 5th, but anything can happen between now…

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In rush to Sine Die, an unfair tax increase somehow sneaks into Florida’s “tax cut” budget

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As the 2016 Legislative Session enters its final week, lawmakers in both the House and Senate have scrambled to hammer out details the state’s $80 billion-plus budget. Needless to say, things get more than a little hectic before Friday’s anticipated Sine Die. And when things get busy, things get overlooked. For example, nestled within this year’s proposal – something heavily endorsed as a “tax cut” budget – lies a proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothes, a Trojan horse of a tax increase…

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It’s time for #CateSineDie – Place your bets on when the Sine Die hankies will drop

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The 2016 Session is quickly coming to its conclusion, and you know what that means. Well, yes, Solo cups on the chamber floor and green bottles emerging from bottom drawers in legislative offices up and down the Capitol tower but also: #CateSineDie. Here’s how the annual parlor game’s eponym put it Wednesday morning: “Before tomorrow at 4PM, use hashtag #CateSineDie and tweet the exact date and time you believe the hanky will drop following adjournment of the Florida House and…

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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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No rest for the weary: 2016 legislative committee meeting schedule announced

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No rest for the weary Florida lawmaker. Make that about 80 days of rest. Even as the Sine Die hanky fell on the 2015A Special Legislative Session, and ink dries on a $79 billion budget sitting on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, plans for next year’s session are already well under way. A joint memo released Friday from Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli announced preparations for the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, with a schedule of interim committee…

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Richard Corcoran to Rick Scott: ‘Go forth boldly and veto’

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House budget chief Richard Corcoran has a message for Gov. Rick Scott. “I would tell the governor to go forth boldly and veto,” Corcoran, said paraphrasing Martin Luther. Corcoran worked with Senate budget chief Tom Lee to hammer out a nearly $79 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2015-16. Addressing a group of reporters outside the House chambers minutes after the Legislature agreed to sine die, Corcoran said Florida governors have line-item veto authority.  Despite legislative attempts to protect portions…

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