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Gwen Graham passes civics education initiatives in House

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Three civics education initiatives proposed by U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham are set to become law as part of the just-passed Every Child Succeeds Act, approved Thursday by the House 359-64. Graham’s camp says the Tallahassee Democrat shepherded language into the bill by working with a bipartisan group of members to sway Education Committee Chairman John Kline to include language in the sweeping rewrite of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically, Graham sought authority and money to establish academies to teach civics;…

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After several requests, Hillsborough commissioners produce Beth Leytham emails they said didn’t exist

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Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandy Murman and Ken Hagan possibly violated Florida Sunshine Laws when they failed to produce public records requested months ago. However, after a 10 News investigation, WTSP reporter Noah Pransky says one Commissioner is apologizing while the other blames county workers. The situation stems from an inquiry into the murky relationship between private consultant Beth Leytham and several influential county officials. 10 Investigates made the public records request in June, asking for all the emails exchanged between…

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Legislature issues call for third special Session of 2016

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Legislative staff announced on Monday afternoon the proclamation that officially sets up the third special Session of 2016. Lawmakers will meet in Tallahassee beginning at 12 p.m. Monday on October 19 to revise the state’s Senate districts pursuant to a related Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Legislature’s congressional boundary lines back in July. Legislative leaders emphasized the Sunshine provisions the Supreme Court issued in that case, which chided lawmakers for their sloppy maintenance of records and correspondence. “Accordingly,…

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Florida Clerks Association to recognize Sunshine Week

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The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers Association has announced it will celebrate “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide initiative dedicated to governmental openness and access, as well as educating citizens on the importance of the business of government. “Transparency in government is at the core of every Clerk’s office throughout the state,” said Joseph E. Smith, FCCC president and clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County in a statement Thursday morning. “Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers are committed to ensuring dependability, clarity and…

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