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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. 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.

    The proposal, which would also require women to make at least two trips to the doctor to have the procedure, won final approval in the Senate on Friday after the most emotional debate of the legislative session.

    Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, revealed that his wife, Victoria, was seriously ill during one of her pregnancies and was advised to have an abortion. ...

  2. 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.

    But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end....

    Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said he’s not surprised the House refused to budge on Medicaid.
  3. Despite $600 million offer from House, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansion

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    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.

    But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end....

  4. Senate rejects House budget offer

    Blog

    The Senate doubled-down on its Medicaid expansion plan Friday, rejecting a proposal from the House to use $200 million in state money to help safety-net hospitals absorb a potential loss of $1.3 billion in federal health care funding.

    The House made its offer -- which did not include expansion -- Thursday in hopes of jump starting stalled negotiations over the state health care budget. But Senate leaders insisted that providing coverage to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians was the better solution....

  5. House offers $200 million to help hospitals, begin budget negotiations

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    In a last-ditch effort to end the budget stalemate, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Thursday offered to set aside $200 million in state money for the hospitals and county health departments that would be hurt by the end of a federal-state program known as the Low Income Pool.

    It doesn’t back down from the House’s position, now 3 years old, to not expand Medicaid....

  6. Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

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    Despite gridlock over the state budget, the House and Senate are scheduled to hear dozens of bills on Friday. Among them:

    * The Senate will take a final vote on a proposal that would require women to wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion (HB 633). If it passes, it is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

    * Also up for final approval in the Senate: HB 279, which broadens the list of vaccinations that pharmacists can give. The proposal by Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, is intended to expand access to health care....

  7. Hays raises hand for hospital funding commission

    Blog

    HaysSen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, wants to serve on Gov. Rick Scott's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, he said Thursday....

  8. School choice bill becomes yet another train

    Blog

    It's that point in the session when lawmakers start combining all sorts of proposals.

    We call them trains.

    A new education train emerged Thursday in the Florida House.

    The underlying bill (HB 1145) sought to let children enroll in any public school in the state with space. (Most school children are currently limited to schools in the county where they reside.) But House Choice and Innovation in Education Subcommittee Chairman Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Miami, filed a 26-page amendment adding language about charter schools....

  9. Florida House beefs up school choice bill

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    It's that point in the session when lawmakers start combining all sorts of proposals.

    We call them trains.

    A new education train emerged Thursday in the Florida House.

    The underlying bill (HB 1145) sought to let children enroll in any public school in the state with space. (Most school children are currently limited to schools in the county where they reside.) But House Choice and Innovation in Education Subcommittee Chairman Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Miami, filed a 26-page amendment adding language about charter schools....

  10. Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee (and then some)

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    The Senate starts Thursday with an 8 a.m. Appropriations Committee meeting. There are seven bills on the agenda, including a proposal that would expand the prescribing powers of advanced registered nurse practitioners in hospitals (SB 532) and the annual omnibus transportation proposal (SB 1554).

    Later, the Senate is scheduled to take action on 50 bills, including proposals to limit the use of drones (SB 766), prohibit revenge porn (SB 538), strengthen the enforcement of rules at assisted living facilities (SB 382), and loosen restrictions on family amusement centers like Dave & Buster's (HB 641)....

  11. Florida House approves abortion wait-time bill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would require women to wait at least 24 hours and make two trips to the doctor before having an abortion.

    The bill (HB 633) was watered down one day earlier, when the House approved an exception for women who could prove they were the victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking.

    But the amendment did little to persuade Democrats, many of whom voiced strong opposition to the measure on Wednesday....

  12. Abortion bill wins support in the House, heads for the Senate floor

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    The Florida House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would require women to wait at least 24 hours and make two trips to the doctor before having an abortion.

    The bill (HB 633) was watered down one day earlier, when the House approved an exception for women who could prove they were the victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking.

    But the amendment did little to persuade Democrats, many of whom voiced strong opposition to the measure Wednesday....

  13. Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

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    Both the House and the Senate are scheduled to spend Wednesday on the floor. Even with the gridlock over the budget, there will be no shortage of interesting bills to watch.

    Among them:

    * The House is expected to give final approval to a controversial bill requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion (HB 633). The House amended the bill slightly on Tuesday to allow exceptions for women who can prove they were the victims of rape, incest, human trafficking or domestic violence....

  14. Florida senators blast vendor for school testing problems

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    Schoolchildren who sat for state exams Tuesday experienced few of the technical troubles that brought testing to a standstill one day earlier.

    Still, lawmakers in Tallahassee seized the opportunity to publicly blast the state’s testing vendor for its second high-profile blunder in two months.

    Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, went as far as to say Florida should end its contract with American Institutes for Research....

  15. Gov. Rick Scott calls for special session, says tax cuts may be sacrificed to end stalemate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Blaming the federal government for Florida's financial woes, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday said he was prepared to call Florida lawmakers back for a special session to complete the budget — and even encourage them to pass a bare-bones budget if necessary.

    Scott also suggested one of his top priorities was in jeopardy: $673 million in tax cuts.

    "If (lawmakers) fail to cut taxes in this legislative session, it is clear that cutting taxes by more than $1 billion will become the top priority for next year's legislative session when there is no longer any uncertainty around health care funding, which is already over 40 percent of our state's $77 billion budget," he said in a statement....

    Gov. Scott says his tax cuts are in jeopardy.