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6:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

City Considering Plan To Keep The Lights On In Downtown Park

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The City’s leaders want to leave the lights on. Tallahassee City Commissioner Nancy Miller says the Long Range Planning committee she heads is looking into a plan that would replace the present lights in the chain of parks downtown with more efficient LED lights. The goal is to keep those lights on year-round rather than just during the holiday season.

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State News
5:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Fla. House Not Deterred By Senate’s Lack Of Enthusiasm For State Pension Overhaul

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner speaking to reporters Wednesday in Tallahassee.
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While the Senate doesn’t look like it will consider an overhaul of the Florida Retirement System, the House is not giving up hope it can convince the other chamber.

Last year, the state pension overhaul bill failed, after it got tied to a non-controversial effort to fix local pension programs affecting police and firefighters. But, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says his chamber is not deterred, and is already looking to file a separate state pension reform proposal.

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WFSU Local
5:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Ban The Box Vote Squeaks Through City Commission

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A plan to remove a question asking potential city employees about their criminal histories has squeaked by the Tallahassee Commission, passing with a two-to-three vote. The city manager had announced plans to implement the so called “ban the box” initiative with no vote, but some commissioners including Scott Maddox raised concerned about the move.

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

House Leader Says "No" To Medicaid Expansion But Advocates Undeterred

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli
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Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says his chamber is not interested in using federal dollars to add up to a million low-income people on the state’s Medicaid rolls. But some organizations aren’t taking “no” for an answer.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli calls Medicaid a broken system, and says he’d rather pursue other aspects of healthcare—like expanding access through services like telemedicine, or letting nurses and other healthcare practitioners do more. What he’s not interested in: a Medicaid Expansion.

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State News
2:53 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senate Prez Gardiner Keeping An 'Eye' On Body Cameras Bill, Has Some Concerns

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Some top legislative leaders say they’re keeping an eye on a current bill mandating law enforcement agencies across the state wear body cameras.

Senate President Andy Gardiner says while there’s already been some dialogue over the bill filed by Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) and Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) in his chamber, he has some concerns.

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