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Ethics and elections committee considers Liz Dudek’s confirmation next week

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Elizabeth “Liz” Dudek, a longtime state health care planner and administrator and now head of the state’s Medicaid agency, will appear before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee when it meets April 15. Though it’s Dudek’s second step in the Senate confirmation process, it’s the first time she’ll appear before the Senate since her boss, Gov. Rick Scott, reversed his position on Medicaid expansion, saying the federal government couldn’t be trusted. Senate President Andy Gardiner said earlier this week the…

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Tom Lee defends budget, says health care is a priority

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It didn’t take long for House Appropriation Chairman Richard Corcoran‘s speech to be heard down the halls in the Florida Senate. As the chamber finished its work on Wednesday and recess for the Easter holiday Senate President Andy Gardiner told senators that the chamber wasn’t going to “rant and rave” but would focus its efforts instead on finding a way to plug a potential $2.2 billion shortfall in the budget if the Low Income Pool were to be eliminated and…

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The day that was in Florida politics — March 31

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This day at the state Capitol lawmakers continue to clear their desks of items before getting down to serious budget work. They dealt with the contentious issues of marijuana, abortion and fracking before having to deal with the $4.2 billion really contentious differences in the spending plans they are developing. State Sen. Garrett Richter’s fracking proposal drew guffaws from environmentalists in the audience when it was presented as a regulatory plan for an industry already active in the state. The…

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