Florida Legislative Session 2013


Tenants Rights
4:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

New Law Gives Tenants 30 Days To Vacate Foreclosed Homes

Governor Scott signed into law a bill giving tenants in foreclosed homes additional rights.
Credit The Miami Herald

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill protecting tenants living in foreclosed homes. The law was passed unanimously by both houses and takes effect immediately.

Renters living in foreclosed homes had previously been protected by a federal law that gave them 90 days or until the end of their lease to move out. But that law expired December 31. Without any comparable state law in place, Florida’s tenants were left with few legal remedies.

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State Budget
1:53 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Gov. Scott Pushes Lawmakers On School Funding

Gov. Rick Scott spoke at a Miami elementary school to urge lawmakers to increase school funding.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN


Gov. Rick Scott visited a Miami elementary school Monday to ask lawmakers to meet his request for school funding.

Lawmakers return to Tallahassee today to finish the budget. The big disagreement is how to pay for health care. And that could affect how much money is left for education.

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5:27 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Gov. Scott Still Wants Tax Cuts, School-Funding Increase

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 12:32 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott resumed his push Wednesday for a massive tax-cut package and a “historic” increase in school funding, downplaying a call for agency heads to prepare for a bare-bones budget.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll have a good special session,” Scott said when asked about the state having to scale down to its critical needs if lawmakers fail to hammer out a budget before July 1.

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3:44 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Evangelical Group Seeks Action On Climate Change In Florida

NASA says the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets contain three-quarters of earth’s fresh water. A total melting of those ice sheets would raise the sea level by approximately 250 feet.
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The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) has taken up the cause of climate change in Florida. The national group claims 600,000 members or supporters around the country with more than 100,000 of them in Florida. It's funded by donations and grants.

EEN is part of the Floridians for Solar Choice coalition, which is pushing a constitutional amendment that would allow Floridians to buy electricity directly from someone other than a utility company.

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7:13 am
Wed May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott Calls For Continuation Budget, Irks State Lawmakers

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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3:17 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Miami-Dade Judge Accepts Punishment For Misconduct

If Judge Jacqueline Schwartz had not accepted the Florida Supreme Court's recommended punishment, her case would have gone back to the Judicial Qualifications Commission for review.
Credit Roberto Koltun, El Nuevo Herald

A Miami-Dade County judge accused of misconduct has accepted the punishment recommended by the Florida Supreme Court.

Judge Jacqueline Schwartz will pay a $10,000 fine and be out of work for a month without pay.

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12:03 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Florida Roundup: A Preview To The Special Legislative Session

Credit Steve Martin / flickr Creative Commons

  On the Florida Roundup, the date for the special session has been set to organize a budget.

Florida Legislature

After no agreement during the legislative session, lawmakers will meet again on June 1 for budget discussions. They must decide before July 1.

Police behavior

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8:05 am
Fri April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott Talks Tax Cuts, Hospital Spending

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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1:42 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Roundup: An Eye On Cuba And Florida's Health Care

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists. Here's a quick recap of the issues we'll discuss on the show.

U.S. And Cuba Relations

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Health Care
5:36 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Medicaid Dispute Still Threatens On-Time Legislative Adjournment

An undated photo of the House chamber in the state capitol.
Credit Steven Martin / Flickr/Creative Commons

Unionized medical staff from Jackson Health System taunted Governor Rick Scott in the capitol rotunda over his opposition to expanding Medicaid.

Democratic Senator Oscar Braynon of Broward County joined them to say the governor's intransigence would have consequences.

"In theory we may lose our public hospitals, in theory people may not get health coverage, in theory people will actually die as a result of this," Braynon said.

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1:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Environmental Official Utters "Climate Change" Repeatedly In Senate Committee

Sept. 21, 2013 - Activists on Miami Beach protest the state's lack of plans to deal with sea level rise caused by climate change.
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Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words "climate change," top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Steverson, who was appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott as secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, told the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee his agency has no policy against "climate change."

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11:57 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott To Sue Feds Over Hospital Funding, Medicaid Expansion

An undated photo of Gov. Rick Scott.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid, his office said Thursday.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement is but the latest round in an ongoing spat between Scott and the feds.

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3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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5:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Florida Cabinet Approves Land Sale For Nation's Biggest Mall

Developer Triple Five plans to call its newest mall American Dream Miami.
Credit Triple Five

Miami-Dade County is about to acquire 82 acres of state land that could one day be the site of the largest mall in America. 

The vacant land is just west of Miami Lakes in an area surrounded by the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 75 and Northwest 170 Street. That’s where development company Triple Five wants to build a combination shopping mall and entertainment complex that would supplant its other big property, the Mall of America in Minneapolis, as the largest mall in the nation.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:57 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rick Scott Says Feds Can't Be Trusted To Pay For Medicaid

Credit Abe Aboraya / WMFE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando this week, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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