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Realtors bat .500 as House passes estoppel bill but Senate defers action

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With time running short the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries on Tuesday deferred action on a controversial bill that real estate professionals believe will help expedite the sale of homes. SB 736, sponsored by state Sen. Kelli Stargel, addresses estoppel letters, how long they are effective and how much home owner associations and community management companies can charge for them. The changes are supported by the Florida Association of REALTORS and were included in a list of legislative recommendations submitted…

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The day that was in Florida politics — March 18

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Wow, talk about a gaggle. If you want a good understanding of what separates the House and Senate as the session approaches the mid-point check out this exchange between state Sen. Tom Lee and a gaggle of reporters including The AP, Palm Beach Post, Tribune and the Times/Herald Capitol Bureau. It’s the best gaggle of the session so far. Lee’s bottom line is that the Senate will fill the billion-dollar hole created by the end of the Low Income Pool…

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Florida ABLE act moves swiftly through House, Senate panels

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A slate of proposals to create a new statewide framework for assisting people with intellectual disabilities made progress in both chambers of the Legislature Wednesday. SB 7030 and HB 935, sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Ray Rodrigues respectively were unanimously passed by House Children, Families & Seniors and Senate Education Appropriations. “Establishing the Florida ABLE Act is part of a larger effort by the Legislature this session to support a path to economic independence for individuals with unique abilities,” said Rodrigues in…

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State House candidate fails to qualify because of 1 cent discrepancy on qualifying check

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Adam Smith points out a must-read cautionary tale about how state Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, was spared a tough primary, because her rival Neil Combee wrote a check to the state for  $1,781.81 – instead of the requiring filing fee of $1,781.82.  According to the Lakeland Ledger: Stargel had mailed her papers and check to qualify days ago, noting that it was her practice so as to have time to correct any mistakes. Combee mailed his check Wednesday afternoon. “I called during…

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