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Personnel note: Michael Williams to Core Message

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Michael Williams is departing the Florida House Speaker’s office as communications director and heading to Tallahassee PR shop CoreMessage as managing director of media relations. The firm announced the move Tuesday. “CoreMessage is thrilled to add Michael to our team,” said Cory Tilley, the president of CoreMessage and former top communications aide to Gov. Jeb Bush. “Bringing someone of Michael’s caliber and experience on board will have an immediate positive impact on our clients,” he added. “He will be an enormous…

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Steve Crisafulli downplays Senate rejection of House healthcare proposals

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House Republicans earlier this month rejected a Senate proposal to extend health coverage after a bitterly divisive debate that lasted nearly seven hours. House leaders such as state Rep. Jason Brodeur and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli contended a better way was to fix other problems with the state’s healthcare laws. The answer from the Senate? No debate, no vote. At least not now. On Monday, Senate Health Policy Committee Chairman state Sen. Aaron Bean announced his committee wouldn’t be voting…

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Rick Scott has no bills in his office to sign or veto

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Just 231 bills passed in the the dysfunctional 2015 session. And the majority of those, legislative reports show, are still in the Legislature. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner have been slow to release bills to Gov. Rick Scott. The House passed 154 bills, memorials, and local bills that require gubernatorial action. One hundred fifty of them still are in the House. The Senate has passed 75 bills and 68 of them still are residing in the Senate.…

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