House Speaker Richard Corcoran

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) flanked by Rep. Jose Oliva and Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  The lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.

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The 2017 Legislative Session is off to a tense start, with politicians already butting heads over the all-important budget. The fight could spell disaster for freshmen lawmakers hoping to earn their keep in the statehouse.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Land O Lakes) flanked by top lieutenant Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Miami)
Nick Evans

The Florida legislative session has begun, which means it’s time to get serious about the state’s budget.  But the past few months of prologue have done little to bring the parties together.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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One of the big debates taking shape this legislative session is about state involvement in economic development. The capitol’s powerbrokers are picking sides in the battle, which is threatening to derail session before it even begins.

Florida’s political and corporate elite are nervously anticipating Monday, when  House Speaker Richard Corcoran has promised to name his picks to the Constitution Revision Commission.

Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard Co.) reading his letter to Governor Rick Scott.
Nick Evans

Republican state lawmakers want a say over local business regulations across the state. Legislation

preempting local power is moving through the legislature.

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran says America’s founding fathers would be squarely behind a so-called “preemption” proposal to strip local governments of their power to regulate businesses.

While extending an olive branch of sorts to Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he is determined to ax the state’s business recruitment arm, Enterprise Florida.

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One of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s top lieutenants says he’s convinced House Speaker Richard Corcoran is running for governor.

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A war of words between two of Florida’s most powerful Republicans is heating up in a Leon County Circuit Court.

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As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next year, legislators are pushing local pet projects. But there’s a new vetting process for House lawmakers this year intended to add more transparency.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran recently told a Miami television show there’s a “tremendous potential likelihood” some refugees from the Middle East living in Florida are terrorists.

A new study by the National Council of State Legislatures shows Florida lawmakers would face the toughest lobbying restrictions in the county under a proposal by House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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Florida’s governor, House speaker and Senate president are circling one another looking for leverage on their own budget priorities.

In a rare public response to criticism, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is defending his decision to temporarily extend the service of former Justice James Perry.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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House Republicans are looking for cuts to rein in a Florida budget they see as out of control.  

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

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Republican leaders hope a strong conservative ideology will be a driving force in the upcoming legislative session. But Democrats say they’re trying to temper the philosophy with reality.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
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Money is tight in Florida’s capital, and new leaders in the House appear skeptical of devoting more of it to Visit Florida.  But Senate lawmakers are wary of cutting funds that promote tourism.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Democrats protested Republican Speaker Richard Corcoran’s decision to give a platform to a man they said is a racist.

Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott are in a stand-off when it comes to incentives.  After Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting the governor defended using public money to boost business in the state.

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A philosophical debate is taking shape in the Florida Capitol about what role the government should play in the economy. How lawmakers come down on economic development programs could have real consequences for Governor Rick Scott’s top priorities.

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The state’s publicly funded tourism agency has a new director. The leadership change comes as state lawmakers begin debating whether Visit Florida, and similar agencies, should exist at all.

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A fight over conservative principles in the Florida Capitol took an interesting turn this week, sweeping up the rapper Pitbull and even landing on the celebrity gossip site TMZ. The fight over economic development programs hints at the conflicts that could drive the upcoming session.

House members meeting for a Legislator University seminar.
Nick Evans

Florida’s House members spent a few days in the Capitol going over the rudiments of passing bills.  The so-called Legislator University is aimed at building unity ahead of a likely contentious legislative session.

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