Diversity and Balance Needed on Constitutional Panel...

Oct 9, 2016

The Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) is required to meet every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and to recommend changes. Before it can meet, the 37 members must be appointed. The governor appoints 15...

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Building a Contentious Legislative Education Train...

Mar 20, 2016

The Florida legislative session is over. Anyone following the Legislature knows it finished on time with the House and Senate working remarkably well together. The Legislature agreed on an $82 billion budget that increased...

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Florida House and Senate Playing Nice, But Scott Left Out in the Cold...

Mar 13, 2016

What a difference a year makes. The Florida House and Senate are playing nice during this legislative session. With both chambers—and the Governor’s Office—controlled by Republicans, you might expect every session to run smoothly,...

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Best and Worst of Florida Legislative Session So Far...

Feb 14, 2016

We’re halfway through Florida’s legislative session and time for a half-time recap. The top priorities of the Senate President and the House speaker—expanding opportunities for the developmentally disabled and an agriculture-friendly water policy—have made...

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Scott Uses Veto Pen for Political Payback...

Jun 30, 2015

Just four days after the Florida Legislature passed the $78.7 billion state budget, Gov. Rick Scott, with no advanced notice, fanfare or public appearance quietly signed the budget behind closed doors. He didn’t confer...

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Florida’s Budget Doesn’t Reflect Right Priorities...

Jun 20, 2015

Has Florida’s legislative special session been a success? That depends on whom you ask. At a minimum, the Legislature needs to pass a budget and prevent an interruption in government services. By agreeing to...

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Suggestions for a Successful Special Session...

May 31, 2015

I’m willing to bet the majority of Floridians are not anxiously awaiting the upcoming 20-day Special Session. In fact, I’m pretty sure the vast majority of the state’s residents don’t even know it is...

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Time To Choose: War, Political Pandering or a Win-Win Solution?...

Apr 12, 2015

If you could help 800,000 low-income working Floridians gain healthcare coverage at no cost to state taxpayers, would you? The Florida Senate would — but they have no dance partner. The Florida House, or...

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