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Legg skipping Reagan Day Dinner because GOP club shut down


TRINITY - State Sen. John Legg is returning his tickets for Pasco County's upcoming Reagan Day Dinner after party leaders shut down the prominent West Pasco Republican Club....

No bills on governor’s desk as of Monday

Published:   |   Updated: May 4, 2015 at 03:44 PM

Gov. Rick Scott had a clean desk Monday – clean of bills, at least.

A little help from his friends: GOP governors join Scott’s suit over Medicaid expansion


Two Republican governors are backing Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against what he said is the federal government’s attempt to “coerce” the state into expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

Legg formally objects to Senate commendation for teachers union leader

Published:   |   Updated: May 4, 2015 at 03:00 PM

A Tampa Bay lawmaker who chairs a Senate education panel is objecting to his chamber’s formal recognition of the statewide teachers union’s head.

Fla. Supreme Court turns down request to force House to reconvene

Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2015 at 05:14 PM

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday denied the Senate Democrats’ request to compel the House back into session, saying it would not “produce any beneficial result.”

Seminoles call for new talks with state over blackjack deal


In a letter that was hand-delivered Friday, the Seminole Tribe of Florida “renew(ed) its request” to negotiate a new agreement for the tribe to continue offering blackjack at its casinos.

Fla. House to Senate (D)s: Case is groundless, meritless

Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2015 at 01:31 PM

The Florida House of Representatives says there are no substantive or procedural grounds to force it to come back into session, according to a court document filed Friday morning.

Fla. Senate Democrats to Supreme Court: Order the House back


Florida’s Democratic senators took a short field trip to the state Supreme Court building Thursday, where they filed an emergency petition to force the House back into session.

New board could investigate how much money Fla. hospitals really make


A week after Gov. Rick Scott said he would convene a commission to “examine the revenues of Florida hospitals, insurance and healthcare providers,” his office released an outline that could guide that commission’s investigation.

Fla. House adjourns early; Speaker tells members, “We have done all we can do...”


With a $5 billion funding fight hanging over the Capitol, the House on Wednesday sent its members home, saying there was no more business to accomplish before the Friday official end to the legislative session.