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Bill backed by supervisors of elections clears its first Senate panel

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A bill that would make a long list of election law changes made it through its first Senate panel Tuesday with a unanimous vote. SB 1160, sponsored by Fleming Island Republican Sen. Rob Bradley, has the approval of many supervisors of elections in the state. Among the changes it would make are requiring candidates pay qualifying fees by cashier’s check, banning elected officials from serving as poll watchers, and giving supervisors of elections the option to publish sample ballots in…

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Senate panel approves term limits extension resolution

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Voter-approved term limits, perhaps even more than the advent of minority-access districts or the lobbyist gift ban, have radically transformed legislative business in Tallahassee. Their enactment during the Gov. Jeb Bush administration turned future election cycles into rigid leadership game theory boards and, some say, placed a limit on the institutional knowledge of lawmakers, who often become lame ducks just as they master the process. Members of a Senate elections panel approved a resolution to ask voters to increase the maximum consecutive years…

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Bills to move back presidential primaries zoom through committee

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Two proposed committee bills to move back the date of Florida’s presidential primaries have sailed through legislative committees in as many days. The House version of the proposal, PCB RCEC 15-05, was introduced and approved in the House Rules Calendar & Ethics Committee without questions or debate in under three minutes on Monday, resulting in one of the fastest gavel-to-gavel hearings this observer has ever seen. In Senate Ethics & Elections, there was slightly more discussion, but not much. SPB 7036 was…

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