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Florida voters would like to see increase in Medicaid funding, new poll shows

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A new survey from the Florida Hospital Association shows strong support among Florida voters to keep — or in many increase — state funding for Medicaid programs. The survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies from March 1 through March 5, found Floridians have the most favorable opinion of Medicaid that the association has recorded in six years. The poll of 600 registered voters found 56 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Medicaid, up from 47 percent in a November 2011…

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Senate adds bingo, doping, ADW to its 2017 gambling bill

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The sponsor of the Senate’s 2017 gambling bill has filed a 134-page strike-all amendment, a day before the bill is scheduled to be heard by the Appropriations Committee and a House version to be heard by its first panel. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican expected to be Senate President in 2018-20, filed the amendment early Wednesday. On a first read, the strike-all’s most significant changes are: — A new bingo provision for charitable organizations. The new section would allow certain “veterans’ organizations” to offer “instant…

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How to get around Richard Corcoran’s new rules — Volume 1

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The first in a series. It’s official. Richard Corcoran is now the Speaker of the Florida House. And with his installation comes sweeping changes to the chamber’s rules. There are new restrictions on lobbyists, including a ban on lobbyists using emails or text messages to reach out to legislators when they are about to vote. Also among the changes is a requirement that members file individual legislation for each budget earmark they seek, reports Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida. Initially, there…

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Lawmakers close out budget with $123 million in new, sprinkle projects

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The Budget Conference Chairs held their final meeting Monday night, finalizing all remaining differences between House and Senate proposals and approving “supplemental funding issues” paid for with money from what is informally known as the “bill pot” or more informally still as — sprinkle money. Chair Rep. Richard Corcoran and Vice Chair Sen. Tom Lee wrote into the budget a mixture of fixes for projects unintentionally not funded until now and last-minute items favored by legislative leadership, though too controversial to make it in otherwise. An…

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Miami senator aims to increase organ donations

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A Democratic state lawmaker has filed a bill designed to nudge Floridians toward greater participation in the state’s organ donor program. Miami Sen. Gwen Margolis filed SB 1066 Tuesday, a bill relating to “Anatomical Gifts,” a sincere kind of gift if there ever was one. Specifically, the bill leads drivers seeking to renew their licenses toward the option of becoming an organ donor. The bill has both online and a brick-and-mortar components. For those who re-up their licenses online, the user will be directed…

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