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House passes judicial term limits in close vote

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A judicial term limits initiative that is stalled in the Senate barely passed out of the House Wednesday. The House approved the measure (HB 197) on a 76-38 vote. Because imposing term limits on appellate judges and justices requires changing the state constitution, it needed three-fifths of the House, or at least 72 votes. A companion measure (SB 322) has yet to be heard in the Senate with less than three weeks left in the 2016 Legislative Session. Even if…

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Senate fracking proposal moves forward despite some concerns

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A proposal to regulate high-pressure well stimulation has cleared a second Senate committee, despite continued objections from environmental activists. The measure (SB 318), sponsored by Naples Republican Sen. Garrett Richter, cleared the Senate’s general government appropriations subcommittee Monday on a 4-2 vote. Sen. Gwen Margolis and Sen. Oscar Braynon, both South Florida Democrats, voted against the measure. “Today, there’s nothing in Florida that prohibits fracking, with this bill there will be. Today, there is not a moratorium in place ……

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Gaming out the Broward County state Senate races

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With the Florida Supreme Court choosing the plaintiff’s map in the congressional redistricting fight, conventional wisdom (says that those same plaintiffs have a distinct advantage moving their Senate maps through Judge Reynolds’ court. And all of the plaintiffs’ maps are identical in Broward County. So how does that shake out, assuming one of the plaintiff maps is ultimately the one, for those who have been publicly eyeing those seats? For Perry Thurston and Gwyn Clarke-Reed, there really was never any suspense. There was…

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House Dems to reject budget, say on healthcare GOP ‘is all alone on an island’

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Florida House Democrats intend to reject the House budget plan this afternoon on three counts: They will argue the spending plan does not include enough money for education, fails to comply with voter intent on Amendment 1 and doesn’t cover a billion-dollar gap in the healthcare budget created by the end of a federal program for safety-net hospitals. The Democrats support a Senate plan to bridge the gap with Medicaid dollars. “Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle…

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Push for resort casinos stalls in Florida Legislature

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The push to bring Las Vegas-resort-style casinos to South Florida is stalling again this year as the Florida Legislature remains divided over what type of gambling to allow in the state. A major gambling bill sponsored by a top House Republican that includes the casino proposal has yet to be voted on – and it may not get its first vote until sometime in April. The 60-day session ends May 1. A House panel held a four-hour workshop Thursday on…

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Darren Soto says cities, counties pushing for fracking ban

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The Democratic sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, said Thursday that local governments are creating a groundswell of support for the legislation. Fracking can involve using water, sand, and chemicals to force oil and gas from underground rock. Environmentalists have raised concerns that the process is a threat to drinking water, especially in Florida with its reliance on aquifers for its water supply. Hydraulic fracturing would be banned under SB 166, by state Sen. Darren…

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Bills for fracking regulation filed again after years of opposition

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Bills that would regulate hydraulic fracturing and restrict the public disclosure of chemicals used in the process have been filed again after similar bills died amid opposition in previous years. Hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, is a process of using sand, water and chemicals under pressure to extract oil and gas. Critics say the practice represents a threat to groundwater and drinking water supplies but the energy industry says it is a safe method of producing domestic energy. Bills that…

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