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  1. State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida's proposed budget is now in the hands of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  2. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

    Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Gun bill affecting Florida courthouses passes final committee, goes to Senate floor

    Blogs

    A proposed law that would let 1.7 million conceal-carry permit-holders temporarily store their guns with security while visiting Florida's courthouses is on its way to the Senate floor.

    Sarasota Republican Sen. Greg Steube
  4. If Richard Corcoran is anti-hometown projects, why is this project earmarked for $4.3 million?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Nothing is immune from the bruising budget battle between the House and Senate in Tallahassee — not even victims of unsolved murders.

    The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences, or IFAAS, would provide a range of services to law enforcement and medical examiners around the state. The current initiative is to create a physical space for indoor and outdoor facilities. This will include lab space for research, applied forensic services in case work, education in the areas of forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. [IFAAS]
  5. A rendering of the first-of-its-kind forensics center in Pasco.
  1. State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida's proposed budget is now in the hands of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  2. Scott's bond director weighs in on Visit Florida cuts

    Blogs

    Out of sight and out of the country, Gov. Rick Scott appeared to be on the losing end of budget negotiations Tuesday as House and Senate negotiators scaled down Enterprise Florida to a shell and reduced Visit Florida funding from $75 million to $25 million.

    There were polite smiles for Gov. Rick Scott flanked by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, on the first day of the 2016 session
  3. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

    Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. If Richard Corcoran is anti-hometown projects, why is this project earmarked for $4.3 million?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Nothing is immune from the bruising budget battle between the House and Senate in Tallahassee — not even victims of unsolved murders.

    The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences, or IFAAS, would provide a range of services to law enforcement and medical examiners around the state. The current initiative is to create a physical space for indoor and outdoor facilities. This will include lab space for research, applied forensic services in case work, education in the areas of forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. [IFAAS]
  5. Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting embattled Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced in March that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. [Orlando Sentinel via AP]
  1. State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida's proposed budget is now in the hands of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  2. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

    Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. If Richard Corcoran is anti-hometown projects, why is this project earmarked for $4.3 million?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Nothing is immune from the bruising budget battle between the House and Senate in Tallahassee — not even victims of unsolved murders.

    The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences, or IFAAS, would provide a range of services to law enforcement and medical examiners around the state. The current initiative is to create a physical space for indoor and outdoor facilities. This will include lab space for research, applied forensic services in case work, education in the areas of forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. [IFAAS]
  4. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Tampa Bay area business leaders lobby on contentious transit bill

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — More than a dozen top business local executives went to Tallahassee with an appeal in the days following last week's political showdown between three GOP senators from Tampa Bay over a regional transit bill.

    Keep talking. Please.

    Rick Homans is president of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
  1. State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida's proposed budget is now in the hands of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  2. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

    Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. If Richard Corcoran is anti-hometown projects, why is this project earmarked for $4.3 million?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Nothing is immune from the bruising budget battle between the House and Senate in Tallahassee — not even victims of unsolved murders.

    The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences, or IFAAS, would provide a range of services to law enforcement and medical examiners around the state. The current initiative is to create a physical space for indoor and outdoor facilities. This will include lab space for research, applied forensic services in case work, education in the areas of forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. [IFAAS]
  1. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Controversy over Miami lawmaker's racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day over Sen. Frank Artiles' racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature on Thursday, just two weeks before the end of the annual lawmaking session and building pressure on the Miami Republican to resign — or risk …

    Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, is showing no signs of stepping down. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Miami lawmaker's leadership and 'gun-bill fatigue' disarm Legislature

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — When Anitere Flores declared, unprompted, a month ago there were a lot of controversial gun-rights measures she wouldn't support this year, the Miami Republican state senator truly set the tone for the Legislature's gun debate in 2017.

    Anitere Flores, right, speaks with fellow Sen. Ren? Garc?a on the floor of the Florida Senate last month. Both have been central in stemming the flow of gun legislation this session.
  1. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

    Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Controversy over Miami lawmaker's racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day over Sen. Frank Artiles' racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature on Thursday, just two weeks before the end of the annual lawmaking session and building pressure on the Miami Republican to resign — or risk …

    Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, is showing no signs of stepping down. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Controversy over Miami lawmaker's racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day over Sen. Frank Artiles' racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature on Thursday, just two weeks before the end of the annual lawmaking session and building pressure on the Miami Republican to resign — or risk …

    Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, is showing no signs of stepping down. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Large counties push back on House's proposed $200M charter school incentive

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Administrators at some of Florida's largest school districts are speaking out in opposition to House Republicans' $200 million "schools of hope" plan that would pit new, specialized charter schools against the districts' perpetually failing traditional public schools.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and House Minority Leader Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, talk on the floor on House Chamber. Corcoran is pushing one of his top priorities, to spend $200 million to attract out-of-state charter schools to Florida. Cruz and the Democrats object to the plan, and are raising transparency concerns that the Republicans will include this in the budget with little discussion. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]