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Republican state lawmakers want a say over local business regulations across the state. Legislation

preempting local power is moving through the legislature.

Higher workers’ compensation rates in Florida are likely here to stay, warns a key player in the Florida Senate.

Republican members of Florida’s Congressional Delegations have found themselves confronting angry constituents at recent town hall meetings. The move is part of a backlash from Democrats over the Presidential election. But how long will that anger last?

Top Issues of the 2017 Legislative Session

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The Florida legislature will convene on Tuesday, March 7 for the start of its annual, 60-day session. The top priority is ironing out a state budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. But to get there, lawmakers will have to address dozens of other issues.

Governor Rick Scott is now the Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing. He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further.

State lawmakers want to make it harder for Floridians to amend the constitution. The plan would up the percentage of voter approval needed to pass a measure from 60 percent to more than 66 percent.

The Florida House unveiled its version of a gambling overhaul bill Thursday. What’s inside came as a surprise to lawmakers like Sarasota Republican Rep. Alex Miller (R-Sarasota).

"Decoupling would eventually in my estimation eliminate the cruelest form of entertainment we have here in Florida and as a freshman I was excited to be put on this committee to decouple. And instead I’m put on this committee with the idea that we won’t be able to do anything for 20 years. So it’s personally disappointing for me,” Miller said.

While extending an olive branch of sorts to Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he is determined to ax the state’s business recruitment arm, Enterprise Florida.

One of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s top lieutenants says he’s convinced House Speaker Richard Corcoran is running for governor.

Gov. Rick Scott has been on a very visible tour of the state recently, painting efforts to pare back on some of his programs as potential job-killers. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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Rep. Charlie Crist spoke out against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order during a conference on world affairs in St. Petersburg.


Florida Governor Rick Scott is crisscrossing the state calling out lawmakers by name for voting to gut two state agencies.

Fl. House, Senate On Different Gambling Tracks

Feb 18, 2017

A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's pari-mutuels, putting the House at odds with a gambling industry-friendly plan floated by Senate Republican leaders.

The House measure is essentially a status-quo proposal replacing a 20-year gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe that is the subject of renewed negotiations between legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

The Florida House is moving forward with a plan to pull out of the refugee resettlement program.

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward has turned down the position of national security adviser to President Trump, a White House official tells NPR's Mara Liasson.

Harward was offered the job after Michael T. Flynn, the former general, resigned Monday after just 24 days on the job. Trump said his confidence in Flynn had eroded after Flynn misled then-Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Raymond James Stadium Funding Request May Get Sacked

Feb 17, 2017

A request for state money to help cover ongoing improvements at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa satisfies state funding requirements. However, there is little chance the request from Buccaneers Football Stadium Limited Partnership for Raymond James Stadium will get much consideration from the Legislature.

The partnership's request for Raymond James Stadium --- $1 million a year, for at least 10 years --- would offset already-started renovations projected to cost between $120 million and $140 million. It is the only stadium-funding application now before the Legislature.

Florida lawmakers have another way to honor military members on Veterans Day. A bill from Rep. Mel Ponder (R-Fort Walton) would offer them a sales tax break.

Florida House lawmakers are tangling with the governor’s office over what qualifies as a tax increase.

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