Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, November 16
Nov 16, 2010
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Earlier in 2010, Colorado State’s Tropical Meteorology Project forecasted eight hurricanes to emerge from 15 named tropical storms in the Atlantic basin.
Fire insurance rates could go up after a national agency discovered the Treasure Island Fire Department wasn’t meeting its standards.
The future of Gov. Charlie Crist’s health care experiment to provide affordable health insurance to uninsured residents is at risk after two of the largest insurance carriers announced they no longer will sell “Cover Florida” health plans.
Gov.-elect Rick Scott on Monday announced a group of ardently conservative and notably controversial economic thinkers who will advise him on his first budget proposal.
As Florida legislators meet today in a one-day special session to transform into law a handful of bills vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist, they have agreed to remove two controversial items as a concession to both Gov.-elect Rick Scott and a bipartisan group of doctors and legislators.
Christening an era of belt-tightening and perhaps more conservative governance, two Central Florida legislators formally took the reins of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday amid new Republican super-majorities delivered by voters in this month’s GOP election sweep.
Dean Cannon released the following memorandum announcing the chairs of the Florida House’s key committees.
Sen. Nan Rich has her work cut out for her as the Weston Democrat takes over as head of her caucus.
Senators from Tampa Bay were among the winners and losers Monday as the new Senate president completed his leadership team and found room for freshman Sen. Jim Norman of Tampa, a target of ethics complaints and an FBI probe over his financial dealings.
On an overwhelming voice vote, the Florida House just dismissed a challenge to state Rep. Mack Bernard’s residency and allowed him to be seated. Bernard, a Democrat, is a former Delray Beach city commissioner who is registered to vote in West Palm Beach. Bernard, who won a special election in 2009, was reelected this month with 78 percent this month over Republican Albert Key.
Some of the things people are writing about state Rep. William Snyder on blogs and in e-mails to his office are so bad staff members can’t tell him word for word what he is being called.
Growers of the bulk of all U.S. winter tomatoes struck a major deal Tuesday with a Florida farmworkers’ group to boost their wages and working conditions, clearing the way for food giants such as McDonald’s, Burger King and upscale grocer Whole Foods to pass along more money to poor field pickers for their harvests.
Gov. Charlie Crist said he has made up his mind and will pursue a posthumous pardon of rock icon Jim Morrison of the Doors, who was convicted of exposing himself during a Miami concert in 1969.
Other than passing the annual state budget, lawmakers have only one other constitutional mandate: They must redraw congressional and legislative district lines every 10 years, based on a new federal census.
Dramatically expanding its tax investigation into the Miccosukees’ distribution of millions of dollars in yearly gambling profits to members, the Internal Revenue Service is issuing summonses for all financial documents pertaining to the West Miami-Dade tribe.
Saying he was “deeply concerned” about restricted access to foreclosure courts, the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court directed the state courts administrator to recommend “corrective actions” after a coalition of media and First Amendment groups called upon state judges to open the courts in letters delivered Monday.
The goal is to use state universities to diversify Florida’s economy
The University of Florida is getting $2.45 million in grants aimed at using universities to diversify the state’s economy.
After spending a record amount this election season to change the balance of power in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week plans to announce a pro-business agenda that will include attacking federal regulations in four areas: labor, energy, health care and financial services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced it will delay by one year the mandatory reporting of certain liability claims data.
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