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Senators divided over using state park money to control Lake O discharges

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Florida senators are divided over a proposal taking money out of the state park system for a pilot program to help reroute discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries. LobbyTools reports on a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday, where Stuart Republican Joe Negron proposed amending the Senate budget to include $750,000 in recurring funds and $6.75 million in nonrecurring funds for the South Florida Water Management District. The money would go to…

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Joe Negron bill to cut ties with anti-Israeli boycotters sails through committee stop

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A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Negron to prevent state funds from flowing to organizations that boycott or have divested from Israel on human rights grounds passed unanimously through a Senate budget panel general government Tuesday afternoon. The bill creates a state list of “scrutinized companies” that boycott Israel to be kept by the State Board of Administration responsible for investing funds from state workers’ retirement and other state accounts, and prohibits the board from investing in those companies in the future.…

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Industrial hemp bill re-filed for next session

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State Sen. Jeff Clemens has again filed a bill allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp, the fiber of the cannabis plant that’s used to make fabrics, paper and rope. The bill (SB 554) was submitted Monday. Because hemp is related to marijuana, it’s banned in the states. But the level of THC – the chemical that causes a high – is virtually zero in hemp. Last year, the bill died in the Appropriations Committee. “I understand there are negative connotations, but people have to understand this…

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Susan Glickman’s forgetfulness lands her an ethics complaint

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Susan Glickman’s apparent absent-mindedness could come with a steep price tag: a trip before the state ethics committee. Last month, SaintPetersBlog called out Glickman, an “unofficial” lobbyist – at least at the time — on her “hypocritical” transparency problem. The Indian Rock Beach resident has served as Director of the Southern Alliance Clean Energy Fund since 2013. In March, Glickman appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussing the importance of registering lobbyists. A search on floridalobbyist.gov showed she herself had not registered,…

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Glad we could help jog your memory, Susan Glickman

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Ever get that nagging feeling you forgot something important, without remembering exactly what that is? A sure bet might be that Susan Glickman felt that way, and just needed a little reminder. SaintPetersBlog called out Glickman, who has been director of the Southern Alliance Clean Energy Fund since 2013, on Friday for her “hypocritical” transparency problem. Previously, she appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussing the importance of registering lobbyists. A noble idea, indeed. However, a search on FloridaLobbyist.gov showed Glickman herself…

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Andy Gardiner calls for meeting on Medicaid funding options

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Senate President Andy Gardiner has scheduled a Tuesday workshop for senators to brush up on the Medicaid issues that have brought the session to a standstill. In a Friday memo to senators, Gardiner said he asked Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Lee to use the first portion of his all-day meeting to discuss Low Income Pool and that Senate professional staff discuss with members the “potential funding scenarios and implications for their constituents.” Gardiner said in the memo that the…

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Susan Glickman’s transparency issues

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Susan Glickman has been a fixture around the Florida Capitol for a long time. And when you have been around that long, you make friends – and a few enemies. So it’s probably a good idea to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, especially when the law requires it. If records are correct – and we have checked them thoroughly – she may have committed the kind of rookie error that draws attention. And shes done so in a…

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