Florida Legislative Session 2013

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Live Chat: What You Should Know From This Week In South Florida

On The Florida Roundup, here are some the events that caught our attention:

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Conservation Lands May Go Up For Sale
8:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

State Conservation Lands That Are Home To Endangered Bird Could Be On The Chopping Block

The South Florida Water Management District is assessing lands that are in the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow's breeding range.
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A state agency is considering designating large tracts of state-owned lands as "surplus," including sections that are home to a near-extinct bird endemic to Florida. Surplus lands can be made available for public sale or trade, or used in ways that differ from their original intention as conservation lands.

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Environmental Issues in Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013

A number of bills before the 2013 Session hold interest for Florida's environmental groups.
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The Florida Legislative Session 2013 is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of  bills before lawmakers. Organizations like Audubon of Florida are focused on proposed measures that would impact environmental funding, wildlife protection, water quality and land use and conservation.  

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Citizens Property Insurance
12:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Could Require Two On Board To Hail From South Florida

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, filed a bill in the Florida Senate Friday that would add a consumer advocate to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board of directors. It would also require that two of the members hail from South Florida.
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There are seven faces behind Florida’s largest home insurer. But there could be eight. Or nine.

And two might have to be South Florida cardholders.

According to the News Service of Florida,

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

State CFO Objects Scott's Proposal to Expand Medicaid

Credit Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / freedigitalphotos.netChief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Florida cannot financially handle Gov. Rick Scott's Feb. 20 proposal to expand Medicaid. 'Floridians deserve better than a plan to double down on a system awash in fraud, that raises costs on everyone, burdens small businesses and yanks the rug out from under doctors,' he stated in his weekly newsletter posted online Friday.Edit | Remove

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Town Hall
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall

Audience members weighed in at our live Town Hall event. Now it's your turn.
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Redistricting, property insurance, Medicaid expansion and political transparency were among the topics covered during this week’s Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Live Event
3:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Couldn't Join Us Monday? See What You Missed At The Town Hall On Session 2013 At The Broward Center


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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald have brought it to you.

Tonight we will be holding our second annual Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature.  Follow a play by play rundown of the show below, and join in by using the comment box, or by sending us a tweet to #FL2013.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texting-And-Driving Ban Likely To Get Driven Out Of Florida Legislature – Again

As I lean my motorcycle into the curve that takes me onto I-95, I roll the throttle to accelerate up to highway speeds. Up ahead I see a car going well below the minimum speed of 45 mph, with the left turn signal on but swerving to the right. I give this big unknown a wide berth, and as I pass, I see the person gabbing it up on a cell phone.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

WLRN Town Hall Tackles The State's Tough Issues Before The Legislature's 2013 Session

Attendees at Monday night's Town Hall session came prepared with hundreds of questions on everything from healthcare to gun control.
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Education, voting reform, property insurance, and political transparency were among the topics covered during Monday night's Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Tallanasty, The Game
5:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Tallanasty: An Interactive (And Ethical) Experience To Test Your Integrity

Do you have what it takes to navigate the political swampland of Florida and come out clean?

WLRN and the Miami Herald have partnered to create a  new interactive experience that will allow you to put your political integrity to the test.  After a cutthroat election, you have officially begun your career as a Florida politician.

Now it is up to you to make the right political and personal choices.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE 'TALLANASTY' ETHICS GAME

The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Is Gov. Rick Scott Headed Toward Sequestration From State GOP? Join The Conversation

Governor Rick Scott reverses his opposition to Obamacare and supports expanding Medicaid. But is this a genuine change of heart or a calculated re-election move?
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On the Florida Roundup, we have on the slate:

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Community Contributor
6:34 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On

Gov. Scott has yet to activate a website meant to make state government more transparent.
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Florida taxpayers have spent $5 million on a budget transparency portal called Transparency 2.0 that promised to herald a new era for citizen access to the state’s informational stores.

Currently, questions remain as to whether the public will ever be able to use the program, which is ready to go but has sat unused for a year and a half.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Proposed Bill Would Protect LGBT Floridians Against Discrimination

A bill filed Thursday would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Florida Civil Rights Act already bans discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and marital status.
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Some two dozen states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Florida isn’t one of them.

According to News Service of Florida, however, a bill filed in the House Thursday hopes to change that:

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Red Light Cameras On School Buses?
12:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

This Bill Could Mean Tickets From School Buses

Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater filed a bill in the House on Tuesday that would allow school districts to install cameras on school buses. This is an attempt to identify drivers who illegally pass buses when children are boarding.
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A familiar yellow school bus slows to pick up a group of giddy children at the corner. Florida drivers, perhaps caught in the morning rush to work, know they’re supposed to stop. After all, the bus’s retractable red stop sign and flashing lights serve as glaring reminders. But are motorists actually following the law?

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Town Hall on Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Veteran Tallahassee Lobbyist Says His Profession Gets A Bad Rap

Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."

The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients.  But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.

Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.   

We asked Adams why his profession is so maligned. 

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