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House witness calls Lottery contract “complete departure” from protocol

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A multiple-year, $700 million contract for new Florida Lottery equipment is “a complete departure from the way we’ve operated for many years,” a House budget analyst testified Monday. Bruce Topp, budget chief for the Government Operation and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, was on the stand for the non-jury trial between the Lottery and House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the contract, made final last year. Corcoran says the Lottery can’t sign “a contract that spends beyond existing budget limitations.” The Lottery’s outside counsel counters that the Legislature cannot “micromanage individual contracts.”…

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Richard Corcoran updates House members on leadership, staffing changes

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House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran updated members on committees, House leadership, and staffing changes Tuesday. The memo was meant to give members an update on what to expect in the coming weeks. In it, the Land O’Lakes Republican lays out a timeline of when members should expect to get their committee assignments and when leadership positions will be announced. It also highlights staffing changes. Corcoran said the leadership team — including Speaker pro tempore, Majority Leader and full committee chairs —…

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