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Constitution Revision Commission chairman outlines rule-making plans

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The chair of the Constitution Revision Commission has told commissioners an internal “working group” will finalize the body’s operating rules by early June. Carlos Beruff, who leads the panel charged with reviewing and suggesting rewrites to the state’s governing document, said in a Wednesday memo that several members will form a committee and “hold noticed and open meetings to deliberate the proposed rules.” The commission held another public hearing Wednesday night on the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee. Critics, including the League…

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Senate and House not that different, Joe Negron says

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Senate President Joe Negron said his approach to budgeting isn’t that different from fellow Republican and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Negron met with reporters Tuesday after he officially became president during the Legislature’s biennial Organization Session. In sweeping changes to the House’s traditional way of doing business, Corcoran said senators would need House sponsors for special spending requests, such as hometown projects, often derided as “turkeys.” But Negron, who along with Corcoran is a former Appropriations chair, said he “would encourage senators…

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Fla. House GOP releases new conference rules

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The Florida House of Representatives’ new Republican Conference Rules should “end divisive intraparty races for leadership positions,” incoming Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues said Monday. The new rules, which govern only the chamber’s GOP members, include a change that members must “serve at least one full session before directly or indirectly soliciting pledges of support,” Rodrigues said in a statement. The rules are expected to be approved at a GOP Conference meeting next Monday, the day before the 2016 Organization Session. Speaker-designate Richard…

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