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House Local Government Affairs Subcommittee

Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. On: Kama Monroe has become senior attorney on the House Local Government Affairs Subcommittee. On: Jessi McDonald is now district secretary for Pensacola Republican state Rep. Clay Ingram. On: Santino Andrews is now legislative assistant for Coconut Creek Democratic state Rep. Kristin Jacobs. Off: David Lancz is no longer the legislative assistant for Miami Beach Democratic state Rep. David Richardson. On: Leilani Gonzalez has…

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Today on Context Florida: Democratic mess, coverage gap, Panacea and undermining Obama

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Democratic Party is a mess, a complete mess, says James Call. The party and not Charlie Crist is why Marco Rubio is a U.S. Senator and Gov. Scott has a bright future. Democrats simply do know how to talk to people. Compared to Democrats in the Legislature, Charlie Crist is a straight talker. More than a quarter of the way through the 60-day 2015 legislative session, and Daniel Tilson says the Florida Legislature remains deeply…

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House bill pits cities and counties vs. property rights supporters

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A House bill prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court case involving a Florida landowner is pitting property rights supporters against local governments. The Supreme Court in 2013 overturned a Florida Supreme Court ruling against the late Coy A. Koontz Sr., who sought to build on 3.7 of his 15 acres in Orange County. The St. Johns River Water Management District told Koontz in 1994 that he could build if he reduced the development size or paid to restore wetlands on…

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