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  • Senate advancing its own campaign-finance reform

     
    TALLAHASSEE – A Senate panel advanced its own campaign-finance bill (SB 1382) Monday in an attempt to provide more transparency to fundraising and crack down on lawmakers' perceived abuses of political slush funds. The House and Senate are playing...
  • Democrats raised cash liberally from Allied groups

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Normally, Republicans rule the roost when it comes to collecting campaign-coin in the Capitol. But an Orlando Sentinel analysis of the campaign-finance data reveals that the Florida Democratic Party, candidates for statewide office,...
  • Senate passes ethics bill 40-0

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Senate just unanimously passed major ethics reform as its first bill of the 2013 session. There was no debate, other than a closing statement by Ethics and Elections Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. “This is solid...
  • Senate Democrats try and fail to ‘upgrade’ Florida’s election system

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate is poised to pass an election reform inspired by last year's criticized elections, but will likely do so without the votes of minority-party Democrats who object the fix doesn't completely solve all the problems....
  • Entertainment tax-credits under the microscope in Tally

     
    Some Florida lawmakers want to place new limits on the state's entertainment-industry incentive program, concerned that too many of the tax breaks are being gobbled up by video-game giant Electronic Arts Inc. “To have such a concentration of it...
  • House advances campaign-finance bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Beating back Democratic amendments, a House panel on Monday gave the first affirmative vote for a campaign-finance reform that would outlaw some third-party slush funds and raise campaign contribution limits to candidates to $10,000....
  • Senate sweeping ethics reform clears final committee stop

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A sweeping ethics reform that cracks down on political slush funds, revolving-door lobbying, and Florida's weak ethics enforcement unanimously cleared its last Senate committee stop Tuesday. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has...
  • Senate budget chief wants to eliminate insurance industry tax break and roll back vehicle tag fees

     
    A top senator said Thursday that he will introduce legislation to eliminate a nearly 30-year-old tax break for insurance companies and use the estimated $220 million in savings to roll back the annual car registration fees paid by the state's drivers. &#...
  • Senate advancing loopholes for lobbyist gift-ban

     
    TALLAHASSEE – While advancing some grandiose ethics and elections reforms this year, Florida lawmakers also want to give themselves some wiggle-room under the last major shakeup to Tallahassee’s political culture – the ban on gifts...
  • Paved with new money, lawmakers warping through budget work

     
    TALLAHASSEE – In warp-speed fashion, the Florida Senate’s budget committee unanimously passed a $74.3 billion spending plan Wednesday that gives teachers pay-raises, pumps millions of dollars into university construction, and is loaded down...
  • Republican legislative candidates maneuvering in leadership races

     
    It’s the one vote that candidates for the Florida Legislature can cast even before they are elected: Whom to support for the powerful posts of speaker of the House or president of the Senate. And some of the Republican candidates in Central Florida&...