Rep. Richard Corcoran

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is gearing up for a fight with lobbyists, unions, and maybe even his own colleagues. Corcoran used his swearing in ceremony to go after the Florida Education Association's challenge to the state's de-facto school voucher program.

Florida’s professional lobbying corps is bracing for tough new restrictions as House Speaker designate Richard Corcoran, a Lutz Republican, prepares to assume command.

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Florida’s appellate and Supreme Court magistrates could face more restrictions on the length of time they can serve. A proposed constitutional amendment to impose judicial term limits has started working its way through the statehouse, but some are skeptical of the motives behind the effort.

From the left Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, begin the compromise process as full conference committee met June 11, 2015, while finalizing key portions of the state's budget within Criminal and Civil Just
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Florida’s future House Speaker Richard Corcoran says the chamber will be doing business a lot differently when he’s leader. Corcoran will take over the House in 2017.

Under the federal health law states have the option to expand their Medicaid programs to include more low-income people. A million more Floridians are eligible for Medicaid under the law. The legislature rejected the expansion in favor of state-based solutions. Earlier in the week a Senate panel endorsed two alternative proposals to the expansion and Friday it was the House’s turn.

The Florida House has reinforced its decision not to accept any federal funding to extend health insurance coverage to people who would have otherwise qualified to it under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, the House is going with its own scaled back plan which received approval from the chamber’s health committee set up to examine the law.