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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. Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against Obama finds support from Texas, Kansas

    Blog

    ScottKansas and Texas are joining in Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the federal government over health care funding, Scott's office announced Monday....

  2. Legislative stalemate puts Florida school districts in a budgeting bind

    K12

    The early end to this year's legislative session, without an approved budget, has put Florida school district leaders on edge.

    Even in normal circumstances, school boards often struggle to craft spending plans largely dictated by state funding formulas. This year, they face the task without any hard numbers as a starting point.

    "It's exceedingly difficult," Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego said. "We're not a for-profit company with excess reserves" to rely upon....

    Pasco superin?tendent Kurt Browning said school districts “can’t spend money we don’t have.”
  3. Timeline: How Florida's Medicaid expansion fight paralyzed lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Medicaid expansion in Florida has been a contentious issue since 2013 when the Obama administration, through the Affordable Care Act, encouraged states to allow more people with low incomes to qualify for the health insurance program.

    The Florida Legislature, led by House Republicans, rejected it in 2013 and again in 2014.

    But the issue came back to life in the months leading up to this year's 60-day regular session, dividing the Republican-dominated Legislature and creating a historic crisis that has kept lawmakers from passing a budget. A special session now awaits....

  4. Without bills to vote on, state lawmakers attend public hearing on hospital funding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As lawmakers continued to quarrel over the abrupt end of the legislative session, state health care officials on Friday held the last of three public hearings on the hospital funding program at the center of the stalemate.

    The public hearings are required before the federal government can approve or deny Florida's petition to extend the so-called Low Income Pool program. The LIP program uses $2.2 billion in federal and state money to reimburse hospitals such as Tampa General, which treat large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients....

  5. Sharply divided Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott can't agree on next step

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and a bitterly divided Legislature darted in four different directions Thursday as Scott called for budget talks, senators suggested a special session in June, the House did not favor either idea and Democrats sued the House.

    As Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, proposed a three-week session starting June 1 to craft a state budget, Senate Democrats marched to the Florida Supreme Court with an emergency petition that asks justices to rule on whether the House violated the state Constitution by adjourning Tuesday afternoon. Senators say it's unconstitutional for one chamber to shut down for more than 72 hours without the other's consent....

    State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, left, answers questions outside of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, as Senate Democrats announced they were filing an emergency petition that asks justices to rule on whether the House violated the state Constitution by adjourning Tuesday afternoon.
  6. Senate Democrats ask the Supreme Court to reconvene the session

    Blog


    Dems

    Senate Democrats filed an emergency motion in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking to have the Florida House ordered back into session....

  7. Scott gets commission plan going

    State Roundup

    As the 2015 legislative session melted down on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott moved forward with his proposed Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.

    Scott suggested the idea earlier this month, when he said he would readily call a special session to resolve outstanding budget issues.

    "A thoughtful analysis of how taxpayer money supports Florida hospitals, insurance and health care providers will guide us in a special session and aid in the development of the (Fiscal Year) 2016-17 budget," he said in a statement. "This analysis will also help us prepare for the loss of (Low Income Pool) funding if the federal government decides to decline our amendment request before October."...

  8. Senate takes symbolic vote on special needs bill

    Blog

    GaetzA Senate proposal expanding services for children with unique abilities may have virtually no chance of becoming law this year, but the Senate passed the bill anyway and sent it to the empty Florida House of Representatives....

  9. Senate passes special needs bill -- and sends it to the empty Florida House

    Blog

    GaetzA Senate proposal expanding services for children with unique abilities may have virtually no chance of becoming law this year, but the Senate passed the bill anyway and sent it to the empty Florida House of Representatives....

  10. Gov. Rick Scott releases details on hospital funding commission

    Blog

    As the 2015 legislative session melted down on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott moved forward with his proposed Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.

    Scott suggested the idea earlier this month, when he said he would readily call a special session to resolve outstanding budget issues....

  11. Florida House says it is ready to begin budget conferences

    Blog

    CrisafulliOne day after abruptly ending the legislative session, the House announced it is ready to begin the budget process....

  12. With time running out, lawmakers revamp guardianship laws

    Blog

    Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians.

    Lawmakers got the message.

    The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5).

    The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. It is widely expected to become law....

  13. Why did the Florida House adjourn early? Answering your questions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It's no longer a debatable claim to say that the 2015 legislative session has ventured into uncharted territory.

    The session jumped off the rails at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told his 119 colleagues in the lower chamber that they were done and could go back home three days before Friday's scheduled end date. The Senate, caught off guard, now plans to finish up Wednesday....

  14. Florida lawsuit takes aim at federal health officials

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As a standoff over Medicaid expansion brought the legislative session to an unexpected halt on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit claiming that the federal government tried to force the health care policy upon Florida.

    Scott first floated the idea two weeks ago, after federal health officials said they would be more likely to continue a $2.2 billion hospital funding program known as the Low Income Pool if state lawmakers voted to expand health care coverage to low-income Floridians....

    Gov. Rick Scott’s suit asks that renewal of Florida’s LIP program be reconsidered immediately.
  15. Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee to explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians.

    Lawmakers got the message.

    The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5).

    The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. It is widely expected to become law....