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Senate unanimously approves a host of environmental regulations

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The Senate unanimously passed a bill affecting an assortment of different environmental regulations. LobbyTools reports that HB 589, sponsored by Rep. Cary Pigman, in part makes it easier to obtain a water well contractor license; changes regulations around phosphate mines; allows more activities to contribute to the state’s water credit trading program; provides more oversight for stormwater management construction; and allows funds in the state’s solid waste landfill closure account to pay for a wider range of activities. The bill…

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Charlie Dean and Matt Caldwell: Criticism of new water law off-base

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Both the Florida House and Senate are off to a great start in the 2016 Session, having passed significant legislation expanding job and education opportunities for people with disabilities and approving a historic water bill. Thanks to Gov. Rick Scott, both of those bills are now law. The comprehensive water bill has been the subject of newspaper editorials around the state, and now that it’s the law, Floridians deserve to know the many benefits it will provide. During this policymaking…

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Are environmental groups becoming the new gaming interests?

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Industry “food fights” are nothing new, with a few running battles that go on for so long, opponents forget what the fight was originally all about. What they know is they just don’t want the other guys to win. Disputes over the Seminole Compact (or other gaming bills for that matter) rarely pass the Legislature simply because one party doesn’t want the other to gain ground – even if they are forced to sacrifice something on their end. Joining gaming…

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