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  1. House Republican leader Dana Young of Tampa pushes gambling overhaul bill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, is pushing a sweeping overhaul that would expand gaming options at the Seminole Tribe's Tampa Bay operations and elsewhere statewide.

  2. Rep. Corrine Brown will boycott Netanyahu's speech to Congress


    Only one Florida Democrat, Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, is confirmed to boycott today's speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, according to a survey by the Tampa Bay Times.

  3. As Florida's 2015 session begins: 5 people and 5 issues to watch


    TALLAHASSEE — The 2015 session of the Florida Legislature begins Tuesday here with new leaders facing fresh challenges and competing demands for a projected $1 billion budget surplus.

    Traffic passes Florida’s historic Old Capitol building at the intersection of Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee on Saturday night. Behind it, the Capitol awaits Florida’s lawmakers, who begin their annual 60-day legislative session on Tuesday. 
  4. Chronic prison woes remain unresolved at start of Legislature session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state's prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.

    The Department of Corrections chief is seeking $15 million for repairs to facilities, including Lancaster Correctional Institution.
  5. State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT


    TALLAHASSEE — Ever since the troubled launch of the state's unemployment website in October 2013, Gov. Rick Scott and his team have staunchly defended the lifeline for hundreds of thousands of jobless Floridians.

  6. Gov. Rick Scott faces concern from fellow Republicans over 'tax increase' to fund schools


    TALLAHASSEE — In touting his plan for record school spending, Gov. Rick Scott is ignoring a fact that concerns some of his fellow Republicans: He wants property taxpayers to pay more.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  7. Florida Gov. Rick Scott suspends 11th grade tests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE High-school juniors across Florida rejoiced Tuesday upon learning that Gov. Rick Scott had suspended the new 11th grade test in language arts.

  8. Jeb Bush's Right to Rise PAC holds fundraiser Tuesday in Tampa

    State Roundup

    Even with an expected haul of at least $1 million and more than two dozen Tampa Bay Republicans pledging to deliver at least $25,000 apiece to Jeb Bush's private Tampa fundraising reception today, the event could actually feel like a letdown compared with other recent events.

    Jeb Bush has not yet decided if he’ll run, giving him more leeway in working with the PAC.
  9. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott cuts state losses in long voting fight


    Gov. Rick Scott doesn't like to lose.

    But he lost an important court case dealing with voting rights and last week he decided to cut his losses, along with those of Florida taxpayers who have footed the bill for more than 2 ½ years.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has dropped his appeal of a federal court order that said the state’s efforts to purge the voter rolls of suspected noncitizens during the 2012 presidential campaign violated a federal law that prohibits “systematic” removals less than 90 days before a federal election.
  10. Appeals court rejects challenge to Florida's blind trust law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court Monday tossed out a constitutional challenge to a 2013 law that allows public officials to put their assets into blind trusts, pointing to the "speculative nature" of the case.

    Gov. Rick Scott has placed assets in blind trusts.