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Constitutional rewrite panel’s transparency rules would track Legislature’s

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Just like the Legislature, any two members of the new Constitution Revision Commission could meet out of the “sunshine,” according to a copy of the panel’s proposed rules. The draft rules, posted online Monday, say that “all meetings at which Commission business is discussed between more than two members of the Commission shall be open to the public, following the procedure outlined in the Florida Constitution.” If approved, the commission will follow the constitutional provision governing legislative meetings, which says…

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Former ABA head warns of possible danger to judiciary from constitutional panel

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The upcoming Constitution Revision Commission will likely take on the state’s judicial branch, and “the focus will not be on strengthening it,” the former president of the American Bar Association said Tuesday. Rather, retired Florida lawyer Martha Barnett, who was a Holland & Knight senior partner, said she expects an effort to “restrict, narrow and weaken the judicial branch.” “And if that happens, it is to the peril of the life and liberty of the people of this state,” she…

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Today on Context Florida: Antonin Scalia, American Forests, the sharing economy and Presidents’ Day

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Rosica talks with Florida legal legend Sandy D’Alemberte, who reminisces on fond memories of Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court Justice died Saturday at the age of 79. Manley Fuller introduces us to a national nonprofit group called American Forests, which since 1940 has been scouring the U.S., looking for the biggest trees in the land. When they find a big tree, they make measurements, compare with other known specimens, and finally record the biggest as Champion…

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Loranne Ausley to host campaign kick-off Tuesday evening

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Former state Rep. Loranne Ausley will host an event in Tallahassee tomorrow night to launch her bid to succeed state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda in Ausley’s erstwhile District 9 House seat. Ausley — a voluminous fundraiser, particularly for a Democrat — lists several Capitol regulars on her host committee, still in formation. Longtime pol and former Florida State University President Sandy D’Alemberte will be there with his wife Patsy Palmer, as will Paul Mitchell of the heavyweight influence firm Southern Strategy Group, along with a…

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