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Hillsborough lawmakers clash during Tampa Chamber’s Session look-back

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As House Minority Leader Janet Cruz notes, the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation works “as a united front” when representing their community in Tallahassee. That’s true on issues like the eleventh-hour move by the Florida Senate to push the University of South Florida out of pre-eminent status under a conformity education budget bill that passed in the waning hours of the legislative session two weeks ago. Over that matter, members acted in unison, denouncing what they said was a fundamental unfairness, leading…

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Florida consumer sentiment up in July, reversing a three-month slide

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased in July to 93.7, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. This reading is four points higher than June’s revised figure of 89.7, turning upward after three straight months of declines and marking the second-highest reading over the past year. Of the five components that make up the index, four increased and one decreased. Perception of one’s personal financial situation now compared with a year ago increased three points, from 83.5 to 86.5.…

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Rick Scott signs death penalty overhaul into law

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a measure that overhauls Florida’s death penalty by requiring that at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend an execution for it to be ordered. Scott approved the bill (HB 7101) on Monday, according to a statement from his office. Florida previously only required that a majority of jurors recommend a death sentence but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state’s sentencing law was unconstitutional. “It is my solemn duty to uphold the laws of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.18.16 – Do we have new entrant in GOP Senate race?

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Tallahassee – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was in the Capitol Wednesday. With the Senate (what else?) off for the week on “President’s Day holiday,” the only statewide elected Democrat was in town to congratulate the League of Women Voters on their Fair Districts court victory. It was great to see the LWV folks in the Capitol, as well as the folks for occupational therapy and Latino activists, and I’m sure some other groups I missed along the way. Nelson contended…

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Gary Mendell: Life-saving measure passes Florida Legislature to combat drug overdoses

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Florida lawmakers passed a life-saving measure which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. The newly passed legislation will drastically diminish a tragic and far-too-common occurrence – death resulting from a drug overdose. This public health crisis has, up until now, burdened the citizens and communities of Florida. My organization, Shatterproof, would like to applaud this momentous achievement and urge Florida’s continued progress toward policies aimed at mitigating addiction. Thousands of lives will be saved next year because…

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