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Alimony bill clears 2nd committee in Senate

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The Senate’s alimony overhaul bill cleared its second review panel Wednesday, though it was again rushed through in the remaining minutes of a committee hearing. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice OK’d the bill (SB 668), aimed of getting rid of “forever alimony,” on a 5-2 party-line vote. As in its first hearing in the Judiciary Committee, the bill was last on the agenda. With time growing short, committee chairman Joe Negron limited speakers to one minute. There was time enough…

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Arthenia Joyner to be first inductee of FAMU Law Hall of Fame

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Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner of Tampa will be honored as the first member of Florida A&M University College of Law’s Hall of Fame, the school has announced. Joyner, who was in the original school’s last graduating class in 1968, will be honored with a portrait to be unveiled at the law school’s Orlando campus on Friday. The 72-year-old attorney is a “true trailblazer,” the school said in a statement, noting that she is the first black woman to lead…

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Diane Roberts: Charm and grace again flow downhill from Capitol

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OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Another Special Session! Why, it’s just like Christmas – minus the joy. Minus the presents, too. While the members of the Florida Legislature rake in lobbyist largesse during committee weeks and every other hour that God sends, trawling for dollars during a Session is verboten. This makes them surly. Surlier. They aren’t exactly enjoying being forced to revisit redistricting for about the 400th time since the spring. No one expects the Special Session, which is supposed to…

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