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Florida Legislature Budget Negotiations Underway

Dan Economy, Florida

Florida House and Senate leaders kicked off formal negotiations on a new state budget Tuesday night, but they face hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs and less tax revenue than originally thought. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, leaders held an initial conference committee meeting after announcing earlier in the day they had reached …


Environmental Proposal Delayed Amid Business Outcry

Dan Environment, Florida, Legislative

A proposed constitutional amendment that would redefine legal standing for Floridians when environmental problems occur was put on hold Tuesday as opposition mounts from powerful business groups. With critics arguing the measure is too vague and would create legal gridlock, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, a member of the state Constitution Revision Commission, said she requested more time to work on her proposal …

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House Committees Scheduled for Three Days

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

House committees and subcommittees could hold more than 30 meetings during the second week of October, including a meeting of the newly formed Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness, according to a schedule posted online Tuesday. The House meetings will be held Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, as lawmakers begin getting ready for the 2018 legislative session, which starts …

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Florida Legislative Committees Cancel Due to Hurricane Irma

Dan Florida, Legislative

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, legislative leaders have canceled committee meetings scheduled for next week. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran called off what would have been the first committee meetings to prepare for the 2018 legislative session, citing concerns about potential damage …

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No Override for Cuts to UF/IFAS Budget

Dan Education, Florida, Legislative

When the Florida Legislature wrapped up its special session last Friday, some things survived the governor’s veto pen, but others didn’t. And that included cuts to the University of Florida/IFAS budget. According to Sydney Stone, legislative assistant for the University of Florida/IFAS Governmental Affairs, while the legislature did override some $60 million in cuts to higher education, it could not …

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Scott Gets Dike Money in Economic Development Bill

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Jim Turner News Service of Florida Visit Florida will get a boost in marketing dollars from the amount lawmakers approved last month. Gov. Rick Scott will get $85 million to distribute — through a new fund — to help regional infrastructure projects aimed at economic-development. And as part of a bill approved Friday at the end of the three-day special …

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Florida Lawmakers Continue to Work on Budget

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

The Florida Legislative Special Session continues today in Tallahassee. In action taking place this week, the Florida Senate did vote to override vetoes of some $75 million in higher-education projects. A group of Florida 4-H youth and supporters were at the state capitol Wednesday hoping to encourage lawmakers to override Governor Scott’s veto of Florida 4-H funding. The Governor’s veto …


BREAKING NEWS: Special Session Set for Budget Deal

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

From News Service of Florida Florida lawmakers will hold a special session next week after Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced Friday they have reached the outline of a budget deal. The three-day session is scheduled to start Wednesday. Lawmakers passed an $82.4 billion budget on May 8, but Scott was angered by …


Florida Legislature Budgets Items for Agriculture

Dan Florida, Legislative

The Florida Legislature did approve the $82.4 billion state budget before it wrapped up the 2017 legislative session on Monday night. The budget, which is for the fiscal year that starts July 1, passed by a vote of 98-14 in the House and 34-4 in the Senate. Southeast AgNet and Florida Cattlemen’s Association Tallahassee intern, Josie Tomkow, has a wrap …