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Rick Scott signs pollution notification bill into law

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Companies will now be required to promptly notify the Department of Environmental Protection of a pollution incident under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The so-called spill bill (SB 1018) requires companies to submit a notice of a reportable pollution release to the Department of Environmental Protection within 24 hours of the release. That notice must contain a detailed description of the installation, substance and circumstance of the spill. “I am proud to sign this legislation today to strengthen…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. On and off: Tiffany Harrington has replaced Heather Williamson as House staff director of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining. On: Teri Cariota, formerly an aide to former Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, is now a legislative assistant to Miami Democratic Rep. Roy Hardemon. On: Venusmia Lovely, formerly an aide to Sen. Dwight Bullard, is also a district…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. On and off: Charles Smith, previously district secretary for Broward County Republican Rep. George Moraitis, is now his legislative assistant. On: Dennis Ragosta is the new district secretary for Ocala Republican Rep. Charlie Stone. On: Mikhail Scott has become the legislative assistant for Miami-Dade Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee. On: Nancy Bowers a new district secretary for The Villages Republican…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Mandy O’Callaghan has stepped down as policy chief for the House Health Quality Subcommittee. Off: Edward Metzger is no longer legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen. Off: Adam Miller is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Republican Rep. Charles McBurney. On: Kelly Milner is the new district secretary for Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey. Off: Alex…

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Republican Charlie Stone endorses Mary Thomas in CD 2 race

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Republican state Rep. Charlie Stone today endorsed first-time candidate Mary Thomas in her bid to represent Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Thomas is running for the seat now held by Democrat Gwen Graham, and if elected would be the first Indian-American woman ever to serve in Congress. She is a Tallahassee attorney who had worked in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott and served as general counsel for the Department of Elder Affairs. Before she faces Graham, though, Thomas must get by Panama…

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John Stemberger attempts to explain the law on gay adoption to Florida lawmakers

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Last week, the Florida House struck down the state’s 38-year ban on same-sex adoptions. The Christian Right in Tallahassee has vowed ever since to make sure that such a bill never makes it to Rick Scott‘s desk. On Thursday the House Health & Human Services Committee passed a proposed bill that would allow private child-placing agencies to refuse an adoption if the placement violates their religious or moral convictions. Florida Politics Christine Jordan-Sexton reported that Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur said the bill was…

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Marion County Republican Party condemns Dennis Baxley, two other lawmakers for vote on gay adoption

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The Marion County Republican Executive Committee on Monday night approved a resolution criticizing House Republicans Dennis Baxley, Charlie Stone and Marlene O’Toole for their votes in support of an amendment last week that would repeal the 38-year ban on same-sex adoption in Florida. Committee members said that the three representatives’ support of the measure was a direct rebuke to the Republican Party of Florida platform, and they’re calling on the lawmakers to not only rescind their vote immediately, but to…

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