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The hangover: Rick Scott vetoes ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ bill

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Saying it could hurt job creation, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a contentious bill that would have removed the ‘wall of separation’ between hard liquor and other goods. Scott filed his veto letter of the measure (SB 106) on Wednesday night, his deadline to act on the bill. It’s the first veto of a bill from the 2017 Legislative Session. It would have removed the 82-year-old requirement, enacted in Florida after Prohibition, that hard liquor be sold in a separate store. Beer and wine…

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Big-box chains, others make one last push for ‘whiskey & Wheaties’

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Costco now is joining Wal-Mart, Target and others in one last push to get Gov. Rick Scott to sign a bill to remove the ‘wall of separation’ between hard liquor and other goods. Their Floridians For Fair Business Practices coalition on Friday released a tranche of letters sent to Scott encouraging him to OK the legislation (SB 106) known by the nickname “whiskey and Wheaties.” They also include representatives of Whole Foods Market, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.…

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Beer glass bills coming to a head

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Free stuff is good, right? Surprisingly, not everyone agrees when it comes to beer glasses. Bills are moving in the Legislature to allow beer distributors to give away glasses from brewers imprinted with product names and logos to bars and restaurants. Now, they have to be sold. The House bill (HB 853) was first OK’d by the Careers & Competition Subcommittee last week on a 10-4 vote. Three Democrats and Republican Julio Gonzalez voted against it. The Senate version (SB…

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After judge tosses Miami Beach living wage ordinance, Phil Levine may pursue constitutional amendment

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The City of Miami Beach lost the first round of a battle to raise the minimum living wage to $13.31 an hour. Nevertheless, Mayor Philip Levine vows he will fight back, possibly with a constitutional amendment to get the law through. After Levine signed the law last June to gradually raise Miami Beach’s minimum wage from the state’s $8.10 to $13.31 by 2021, a number of business groups filed suit. On Monday, Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Peter R. Lopez ruled the ordinance was not valid under…

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In Miami Beach minimum wage fight, Philip Levine tells Rick Scott ‘I’ll see you court’

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Gov. Rick Scott and the state of Florida are joining a lawsuit against Miami Beach over an attempt by the city to ultimately raise its minimum wage to $13.31 an hour. After Miami Beach approved a measure last year raising its minimum wage ordinance, Mayor Philip Levine predicted the state would challenge the proposal in court. Levine said the ordinance violates a state law signed by Scott that forbids such measures. On Wednesday, the state did just that, signing on to a suit filed in December…

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Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association announces support for Solar Choice Amendment

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Florida restaurateurs are speaking out in favor of expanded access to solar energy, as the way for small business owners to manage spiraling energy costs. On Wednesday, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) endorsed the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative, which seeks inclusion on the 2016 ballot. In giving its support, the state’s nonprofit hospitality industry trade association believes solar energy provides opportunities for business owners to control costs by hedging against rising electricity prices. FRLA is the leading advocate…

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Florida restaurant and hotel lobby blasts Dana Young’s new gaming bill

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The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association — a group with outsized importance in our state’s tourism-centric economy — issued a statement Tuesday excoriating the proposal released yesterday by House Majority Leader Dana Young. “We will continue to fight this legislation, along with any other measure that seeks to expand gambling under the false pretense that it will bring additional jobs, attract more tourists, and increase Florida’s tax base,” said FRLA President and CEO Carol Dover. “Florida currently enjoys record number of tourists,…

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