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Suit settled in Fla. top cop ouster

Published:   |   Updated: June 15, 2015 at 05:51 PM

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are settling a lawsuit filed by media organizations over the firing of former Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.

Jeb! announces he’s in it to win it


After months of consideration, Jeb Bush made it official Monday in a speech to a boisterous crowd at Miami Dade College.

Tampa lawyer to be head of Florida Bar


Tampa attorney William J. Schifino, Jr. will become president-elect of The Florida Bar at its annual convention this month in Boca Raton, the organization announced Monday.

USF Downtown hangs fire as budget talks go into OT


The two leaders of the Florida Legislature agree on this: Downtown university campus developments are great for cities.

Lawmakers ready tax cut package for Gov. Scott’s review


The Florida Legislature is likely to send a roughly $400 million tax cut package to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk Monday.

New state charity-care funding plan released

Published:   |   Updated: June 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM

After months of fighting over hospital funding, House and Senate budget-writers Friday unveiled a redrawn plan that sends roughly $2 billion to state hospitals.

Scott picks from his own ‘team’ for new appeals judge

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 06:38 PM

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday appointed one of his in-house attorneys to serve as a judge on the state’s premier appeals court.

With less than a week remaining, state budget comes into clearer focus


During the first meeting of the Legislature’s top budget-writers, the final process before the spending plan heads to the governor, the criminal justice and general government spending silos were completed.

You knew it was coming: ACLU sues over abortion-wait law

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 12:31 PM

When some bills get signed into law, you can count the hours till a lawsuit is filed against them.

Senate panel OKs tax cut package


With just over a week left in the special legislative session, Senate has started its work on passing a tax cut package that once fully implemented will be worth roughly $253 million.