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Senate president slots smack-down

Senate President Joe Negron may have upped the ante Thursday  as House and Senate leaders prepare to start negotiations over the two chambers’ vastly different gambling bills. Rep. Mike La Rosa, the House’s bill sponsor, says he’s “been very, very consistent” about whether to allow slot machines at pari-mutuels in the eight counties where voters… Continue reading Senate president slots smack-down

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Central Florida House Republicans push Scott to boot Ayala from office

A handful of GOP state House members from Central Florida aren’t backing down from their demands that Gov. Rick Scott remove 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala from office, even after the governor stripped the Orange-Osceola prosecutor of nearly two dozen cases yesterday. Ayala generated a firestorm when she announced last month that she… Continue reading Central Florida House Republicans push Scott to boot Ayala from office

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Prosecutor: Proposed budget cuts ‘threaten public safety’

Orlando-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala, targeted by GOP lawmakers for her refusal to seek the death penalty in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, warned that budget cuts aimed at slashing 21 positions and $1.3 million from her office would “severely impact her agency’s ability to prosecute crimes” and “threaten public safety.” Ayala… Continue reading Prosecutor: Proposed budget cuts ‘threaten public safety’

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Huckabee On Governor’s Race: ‘Ain’t Happening’

It’s been a juicy rumor in Tallahassee: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Florida resident, could run in 2018 to succeed Gov. Rick Scott. But the Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Huckabee told Okaloosa County Republicans — in no uncertain terms — that he isn’t running. “There may be somebody thinking about it,… Continue reading Huckabee On Governor’s Race: ‘Ain’t Happening’

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Legal eagles blast Scott for removing prosecutor

A who’s who of legal experts blasted Gov. Rick Scott for removing 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd after Ayala announced she would not seek the death penalty in the case, or any others, during her tenure. More than 100 former judges, onetime prosecutors and law… Continue reading Legal eagles blast Scott for removing prosecutor

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Senate Health Policy Committee chairwoman looking for “sweet spot” with pot bills

Senate Health Policy Committee Chairwoman Dana Young will hold a workshop to try to reach consensus on how to implement a constitutional amendment, overwhelmingly approved by voters last fall, that legalized medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients. Young, R-Tampa, told The News Service of Florida Wednesday she intends to hold the workshop during… Continue reading Senate Health Policy Committee chairwoman looking for “sweet spot” with pot bills

Florida Senate · gambling · Rick Scott

Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting

The day before the legislative session opened Tuesday, Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who is the chamber’s go-to gambling guy, sent a letter to Seminole tribal leaders saying a new deal with the state won’t happen unless lawmakers also pass a major gambling package. Galvano’s letter, on behalf of the Senate, comes after the… Continue reading Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting