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Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
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Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, continues to fight against allegations of sexual harassment but there’s mounting evidence he is on the losing end. The state’s House Speaker said recently Latvala could end up being kicked out the Senate in January.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program Wednesday (12/6/17) to discuss sexual harassment in the Florida Capitol and hurricane recovery.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he believes embattled Sen. Jack Latvala is heading toward expulsion from the chamber. Latvala is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

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For the most part, Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal appears very promising. That’s according to the Florida Senate’s new budget chairman,  Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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Florida's Attorney General and it's next Senate Minority leader are weighing in on the sex scandals that have rocked the state capitol in recent days. Both women are adding their voices to a growing chorus of concern about the behavior of lawmakers and lobbyists and the culture of the legislature.

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Bills paying tribute to former North Florida Republican Greg Evers are quickly moving through the legislature.

A group of state lawmakers is remembering a former North Florida colleague who recently died in a car wreck.  A House bill honoring former Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) passed its first committee Wednesday.

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Two state lawmakers are seeking to honor a fallen former colleague, who died last month in a single car wreck near his North Florida home.

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The 2018 Governor’s race could lead to Florida’s Senate Budget Chairman and House Speaker squaring off against each other in the primary. But, for now, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he does not think the campaign trail will affect the legislature’s handling of the upcoming year’s budget.

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State employees will be getting a pay raise this year, under a proposal now heading to the Senate floor. But, it’s tied to a controversial pension reform issue and health insurance reform package backed by the House.

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Amid budget negotiations, the House and Senate may be using the revival of a controversial pension reform package as a means to get on the same page.

The reductions under the second part of the House budget exercise.
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There’s no such thing as a continuation budget says Senate President Joe Negron. Talks stalled over the weekend between the two chambers after the House floated the idea of a continuation budget.

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A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors.

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The Florida Senate’s new budget chair is coming out in support of Governor Rick Scott’s plan to provide pay raises for the state’s law enforcement agencies.

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Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart,  has prevailed in his bid to be the next Senate President.  The news marks the end of three years of uncertainty in the Senate.

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Governor Rick Scott hates the idea of online voter registration. The Senate wants it done yesterday.

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Lawmakers turned up the heat Thursday on the Public Service Commission. Senator Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, unveiled the latest proposal to put more distance between commissioners and the powerful utilities they are supposed to regulate.

On the same day two PSC members were sworn in, Latvala told reporters he was filing a bill that would require commissioners to undergo ethics training. Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed one of the commissioners, former Panama City lawmaker Jimmy Patronis, despite the fact that Patronis has no regulatory experience.

Lawmakers Lobby Both Houses For More Homelessness Funding

Mar 25, 2014
A mural on the side of a Tallahassee homeless shelter.
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As the Florida House prepares to begin budget negotiations, a pair of lawmakers is banding together to talk up the need for including more funding to combat homelessness in that budget. It’s the continuation of an effort that appeared to pass last year, only to meet with the governor’s veto pen.

Homelessness Prevention Could Get Local Funding Source

Mar 4, 2014
A mural on the side of a Tallahassee homeless shelter.
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The Florida Senate is considering allowing local governments more freedom to use tax revenue to combat homelessness.

The legislation is part of a triumvirate of homelessness bills from Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala. It allows local option sales taxes to be used for homelessness prevention efforts, but doesn’t allow local governments to exceed the one percent threshold they’re currently subject to – so if a county has already met its tax cap, there’s no additional funding available to combat homelessness.

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The chair of the Florida Senate’s Ethics and Elections Committee has introduced legislation he says will curb a trend of lawmakers not living in their districts. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) says as much as 10 percent of the Florida Legislature may be violating the law.

The law would solidify rules concerning where elected officials may live and tighten restrictions on how they report their home address. Latvala, whose staff has been studying lawmaker residency for months, says the law can be followed by examining a few simple criteria, including:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is considering whether to sign a bill meant to speed up the home foreclosure process. But foreclosure lawyers are saying the measure is unfair to consumers, and they’re threatening a legal fight if it becomes law.