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The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

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The memorial service as well as the funeral for former Senator Greg Evers is planned for next week. The North Florida Republican was recently killed in a single car wreck when his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail near his Baker home. Now, some of his colleagues and friends are taking the time to remember Evers and the legislative legacy he left behind.

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Governor Rick Scott has chosen a new permanent leader for the Florida Department of Corrections. And, some are calling Scott’s fourth pick for prison chief “a good fit.”

On Wednesday, Scott announced Julie Jones, the former head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will lead the state’s troubled prison system.

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A former Republican lawmaker is taking fellow Republican Governor Rick Scott to task over an attack ad, and he along with another Charlie Crist supporter are calling on Scott to take it down.

Former Senator Mike Fasano and former Corrections Secretary under Crist, Walt McNeil, did so during a press conference at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee, attempting to set the record straight about the ad linking Crist to a convicted Ponzi schemer.

Meanwhile, right across the street, a group of young activists held up signs and chanted “Charlie Swindled Florida.”

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There are a number of measures restricting smoking that have already been filed for the Florida’s 2014 legislative session—so far, all aimed at kids. So, what's the driving force behind all these smoking bans?

Florida's Smoking Ban Bills Filed For 2014

Last month, the Senate Regulated Industries committee voted unanimously on the Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto’s proposal to ban minors from buying E-cigarettes.

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State Representative Mike Fasano is calling the legislature’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law a quote “cop out”. Fasano made the remarks at a rally put on by the state’s hospital associations Tuesday:

 “To hear from those in both chambers that we’re going to come up with an alternative. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a cop out. Nothing more than a cop out. We should have been working on this for the past two years," he said.

Ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, the party and its presidential front-runner Mitt Romney have made a compromise to allow some delegates who support Texas Congressman Ron Paul to have a seat at the nominating table. And some Florida Republicans are saying this inclusiveness should be a model for Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature.

Sally Bradshaw is a Republican strategist who has worked on state and federal campaigns for more than two decades.

Four lawmakers have joined a lawsuit against the Florida’s nuclear cost recovery program. Regan McCarthy reports the bi-partisan group says the state’s law let’s utilities charge customers for nuclear power plants that might never get built.

A group of four lawmakers have joined a lawsuit against the state’s nuclear cost recovery program. Regan McCarthy reports the bi-partisan group says the state’s law let’s utilities charge customers for nuclear power plants that might never get built.

A Republican state lawmaker is in the clear, after the Florida Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against him. As Sascha Cordner reports, the panel decided the case during a closed-door meeting Friday.

State Senator Mike Fasano says he’s happy the ethics panel dismissed the complaint. The New Port Richey lawmaker says the commission members understood Fasano was not trying to “intimidate” anyone by comments he made last year. It was while Fasano was serving spaghetti at an event to raise money for his county.

Senator Mike Fasano is announcing plans for run for the Florida House. Regan McCarthy reports Fasano is eyeing a Pasco County seat.

After serving in the Florida Senate for 10 years, Senator Mike Fasano, a Republican from New Port Richey, says he wants to return to the Florida House. Fasano served as a representative previously from 1994 to 2002. He says he’s looking forward to getting back to his roots.

“The Florida House of Representatives is probably, along with the Senate, as close to the people back in our districts as any other elected official if not more.”

A move to stop a prison privatization plan from moving forward failed to pass out of the Senate Tuesday. As Sascha Cordner, this comes ahead of Tuesday’s vote on the massive effort where both opponents and proponents have been making a last ditch effort to plead their case.

Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, both sides have been roaming the Florida Capitol trying to garner support for either side. Among them are the correctional officers who will be the most affected by privatizing the 27 correctional facilities in South Florida.

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A class-action lawsuit has been announced against the state’s largest property insurer. Citizen’s is being accused of artificially raising home values in order to charge higher premiums. Lynn Hatter reports a group called the Florida Association for  Insurance Reform, or FAIR, is backing the lawsuit.

A Senate Committee Monday rejected an attempt to block utilities from collecting money from customers for proposed nuclear power plants that may never be built.  James Call reports the move to repeal a 2006 law known as advanced nuclear cost recovery was made by New Port Richey Senator Mike Fasano who says the practice is unfair to consumers.

Does a bill to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons have enough traction in the Florida Senate? As Sascha Cordner reports, several senators weighed in on the future of the legislation.

Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich is among the opponents of the prison privatization bill that was expected to be taken up on the Senate Floor Wednesday.

“My understanding is the votes are not there and that’s why the bill is not upon the floor.”

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has stripped a veteran Republican lawmaker of his position on two budget panels. As Sascha Cordner reports, many believe the removal had something to do with his opposition to a prison privatization plan.

While Senate President Haridopolos is a huge supporter of privatizing about 30 south Florida prisons, Senator Mike Fasano has been an outspoken opponent.

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The question as to whether to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons took center stage in and outside the Florida Senate Tuesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, in a last ditch effort to stall the effort, several Democrats, Republicans, and state employees joined together to talk about the overall impact the move will have on the state.

“Our Government is not for sale and neither are our prisoners for sale. We all stand together.”

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the price doctors can charge workers compensation patients for re-packaged medicine. Regan McCarthy reports the bill passed both chambers once before only to be vetoed by then Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.