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  1. Florida lawmakers pass new regulations of senior care homes

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After trying for four years to improve conditions at the state's assisted living facilities, the Florida Senate on Wednesday sent to the governor a proposal to improve enforcement and oversight at the homes that serve more than 86,000 senior residents.

  2. Jeb Bush, still not a presidential candidate, trumpets fundraising haul

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush doesn't think a 2016 presidential contender needs to raise $1 billion in campaign cash. But, just in case, his campaign-in-waiting seems intent on dominating the fundraising competition anyway.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to reporters with supporters Zeus Rodriguez and his wife, Dana, who won a contest to have lunch with Bush and were flown from Wisconsin, at Burger & Beer Joint in Miami Beach on Sunday. (Ryan Stone/The New York Times)
  3. Bousquet: This is a pivotal time for Tallahassee lawmakers

    State Roundup

    Describing the state of affairs in the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner summed it up well.

    Senate President Andy Gardiner says senators are prepared to stay in session until June 30 “to get this resolved.”
  4. Jury convicts 3 of manslaughter in Florida A&M hazing death

    Criminal

    ORLANDO — The last three defendants in the death of a Florida A&M drum major were convicted of manslaughter and hazing Friday, ending a 3-year-old case that shined a light on ritualized hazing within the school's famed marching band.

  5. 24-hour wait for abortion wins final approval in Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would impose a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

  6. Despite $600 million offer, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn't refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts.

    Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said he’s not surprised the House refused to budge on Medicaid.
  7. As U.S. Sugar flexes muscle, Amendment 1 supporters fret about less money for land purchases

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Supporters of Amendment 1, an environmental ballot measure that passed last year with a resounding 75 percent of the vote, are bracing for a legal battle with legislators over how to spend a $740 million windfall.

  8. Growler bill passes after three years of debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After a battle that lasted three years and pumped more than $1 million to lobbyists, craft breweries will soon be allowed to sell their beer in half-gallon growlers.

  9. Marco Rubio's finances have presented an opportunity — and a curse

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio nearly quit politics.

    As a Republican presidential candidate, 43-year-old Sen. Marco Rubio is portraying himself as someone who shares the struggles and aspirations of many Americans. It's not just a line when he talks about crushing college loans; he's lived it. He's felt the squeeze of a mortgage and providing for four children. [Associated Press]
  10. Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio walk careful line on immigration reform (w/video)

    State Roundup

    NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have turned explaining their similar positions on immigration reform into a political art form.

    “We need to control our border, first of all,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in New Hampshire.