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Enterprise Florida buys radio ads ahead of Rick Scott California visit

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Florida’s business-recruiter-in-chief is stepping up a media campaign in advance of a California job-hunting expedition. Enterprise Florida began running radio commercials Thursday touting Florida’s perfect business climate in advance of Gov. Rick Scott’s trade delegation to California April 12 -13. “California has the nation’s highest personal income tax, the highest state sales tax, and one of the highest gas taxes,” says the “breaking news” style commercial announcer.  “If you are wanting to relocate and expand your business, look no further…

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Bill banning smoking in car with young children moves through Senate

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Smokers beware: there may be one less place you can light up in the Sunshine State. The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday gave the nod to state Sen. Jeff Clemens‘ bill that makes it illegal to smoke cigarettes in a car if there’s a child under 13 traveling in the vehicle. The bill — SB 548 — isn’t limited to just the driver, though. Anyone who chooses to  to light up with young children in tow could be charged with a…

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Rick Scott headed to California to dog Jerry Brown’s ‘tax and spend administration’

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Gov. Rick Scott is heading to the West Coast. Scott is planning an April trip as part of his effort to lure businesses from other states. The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to shipping companies. Scott is urging them to shift their business to Florida after labor disputes in California ports. Scott’s letter says he will be in Los Angeles on April 12 and April 13. His letter also takes shots at what he calls California Gov. Jerry Brown’s “tax and…

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Beekeepers, stung by 2014 veto, try again for research site

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Florida’s beekeepers say honey bees play a sweet role in agriculture and the economy but they need help — and state funding — to maintain a healthy population. The Florida State Beekeepers Association is requesting $3.5 million for an apiary research center at the University of Florida. Florida is the third largest honey-producing state, with a reported crop value of $22.7 million in 2013, according to the university. The state has about 3,500 beekeepers now compared with 1,200 a decade…

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Support builds for Rep. Darryl Rouson’s bill to raise awareness about child abduction

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As Representative Rouson’s Child Abduction Prevention Act (which I track using LobbyTools) passes its first senate committee, national support builds to ensure that this legislation becomes law. Individuals who have fought in other states to pass similar legislation are now offering their support to help pass the Child Abduction Prevention Act in Florida. When there are over 370,000 reported child abductions every year, it is no wonder that Peter Thomas, author of the book Chasing the Cyclone, is interested in…

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Support builds for Rep. Darryl Rouson’s bill to raise awareness about child abduction

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As Rep. Darryl Rouson’s Child Abduction Prevention Act (which I track using LobbyTools) passes its first Senate committee, national support builds to ensure that this legislation becomes law. Individuals who have fought in other states to pass similar legislation are now offering their support to help pass the Child Abduction Prevention Act in Florida. When there are over 370,000 reported child abductions every year, it is no wonder that Peter Thomas, author of the book Chasing the Cyclone, is interested in…

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