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Squeezed: Supreme Court denies challenge of citrus veto

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The Florida Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a challenge of Gov. Rick Scott‘s veto of reimbursements to homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were torn down by the state. The homeowners had asked the court to undo Scott’s veto of more than $37 million by filing a petition for writ of mandamus, an order to an elected official to perform a certain action. In a 6-1 decision, the court declined, mentioning lower court actions that had been filed.

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Firms randomly picked for lobbying compensation audits

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Even as some lawmakers have questioned its necessity, legislative and executive branch lobbying firms were again randomly selected Wednesday for audits of their compensation reports. The firms picked for legislative lobbying audits are: — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney — Buigas & Associates — David R. Custin & Associates — Ericks Consultants — Hopping Green & Sams — Lewis Longman & Walker — Lisa Aaron Consulting — Luis E. Rojas — McGee & Mason — Redfish Consulting — Ronald R. Richmond…

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Random audits of lobbyists to kick off soon

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Following a 2005 state law, legislative staff will once again randomly pick legislative and executive branch lobbying firms for audits of their compensation reports. The selection will take place 4 p.m., Feb. 22 in Room G-01 of the Claude Pepper Building, 111 W. Madison St. in Tallahassee, LobbyTools reported Tuesday. The last round of audits, released in September 2015, found discrepancies big and small after staff randomly picked 26 lobbying firms to be audited. Four accounting firms were hired to do the work: Carroll and Co.; Carr, Riggs…

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