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  1. Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines and other gaming operations elsewhere.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities in March in Tampa. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.

    If a House measure passes the Legislature this year that allows two members of a public board, are meetings like this 2015 St. Petersburg City Council workshop going to be rendered moot? [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Florida auto licenses, tags, issued through private companies could come with new fees

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Drivers in Florida who renew their licenses and tags through a private company could soon face additional fees to do so.

    Former Sen. Mike Fasano, now the Pasco County Tax Collector, calls the new fees for private companies that offer auto tags and licenses, a bad idea. [Associated Press]
  5. Seminole Hard Rock Casino can add craps and roulette under new state plan

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After years of gridlock over the state's gambling laws, the Florida House agreed to major concessions Wednesday that include allowing Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Casino to offer craps and roulette for the first time and a financial boost to Tampa Bay Downs.

    Tampa Bay Downs. [Times (2013)]
  6. A cruise with Pitbull? Family getaway a surprisingly good time

    Travel

    My mom pitched the weekend getaway: a three-night cruise out of Miami with Pitbull.

    Pitbull gives a performance on the pool deck of the Norwegian Pearl on Sunday, March 12. It was his second performance during the cruise and pretty much a repeat of the first.
  7. So much for 'unprecedented openness' as Corcoran, Negron cut budget deal in secret

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After promising unprecedented openness, House Speaker Richard Corcoran has spent long days and nights negotiating an elaborate budget deal in secret with Senate counterpart Joe Negron, keeping most other lawmakers and the public in the dark.

    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]
  8. Work requirements for Florida Medicaid recipients move forward in House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some low-income people who rely on Medicaid may have to meet new work requirements to keep their health care under legislation passed by the Florida House on Wednesday.

    Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park. [Florida House of Representatives]
  9. Injured on the job? It might get harder in Florida to find a lawyer to take your case

    Legislature

    Florida is already one of the hardest states for workers seeking treatment or lost wages when injured on the job.

    Workers laying concrete blocks for a new home under construction in southern Hillsborough County. Those injured on the job could find it harder to seek court action when they feel they have been wrongly denied care or compensation by their employer's insurer, under bills that could cap attorneys fees in such cases.  [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times (2012)]
  10. 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]