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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?

Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) on the House floor.
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The House is proposing nearly $300 million in tax cuts.  The ways and means committee unveiled their ideas this week.

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The Florida House passed a bill Friday that merges two pension reform proposals: one dealing with local pensions and another dealing with the state’s pension system. But, it’s unclear what will happen in the other chamber now that the combined bill is still two separate proposals in the Senate.

Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) is one of the sponsors of the merged House proposal. He contributed the part of the proposal that deals with overhauling the Florida Retirement System.

The Florida House is now poised to vote on a newly merged pension reform proposal—a huge priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford. The bill that passed its only committee earlier this week was taken up on the floor Thursday over the objections of Democrats who oppose the measure.

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A passionately-debated effort to overhaul the Florida Retirement System has now been merged with a widely-supported effort to fix local government pensions.  It’s part of an ongoing push by House Speaker Will Weatherford to get his state pension reform effort over the finish line. But, many spoke out against the now-merged House proposal Monday.

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A House panel has agreed to advance its version of overhauling the Florida Retirement System, despite much opposition from public employees and Democrats. The newer pension reform proposal is similar to a plan that died in the Senate last year.

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Almost a year after Florida’s Lieutenant Governor resigned amid a racketeering scandal involving a supposed veteran’s charity, new charity rules have gone from talking points to ink on paper. The state’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam presented the 52-page proposal Wednesday while trying to quell conservative fears of over regulation.

A proposal to reform Florida’s electoral process is moving through the Legislature with bipartisan support. Florida’s problems were highlighted during this past election between long ballots and long lines, and even gained a mention in the President’s State of the Union address. But, while the proposal is gaining ground among state lawmakers, some say there’s still more work to do.

Florida lawmakers say they don’t want a repeat of what happened during this past election which included reduced early voting days to long wait times at the polls.