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Two unions are gearing up to fight over who will represent state correctional and probation officers during the next legislative session.

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There are about 200 bills waiting for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval or veto.  Lawmakers passed a number of measures close to their hearts, but they missed out on some proposals as well.

Uber is operational in Tallahassee.
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Transportation apps like Uber and Lyft will continue to face local regulations. The Florida legislature couldn’t reach a deal on how to regulate the industry statewide.

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The Florida Senate is saying goodbye to its President, Andy Gardiner. The Central Florida lawmaker is term-limited out of the legislature this year, and also at the end of his time leading the chamber.

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A key Florida Senator is refusing to take up several gun-related proposals and he, along with the Senate President, are catching flak for it on Wikipedia. 

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A bill stemming from the death of a fallen sheriff’s deputy is putting the House and Senate at odds over a pension reform proposal.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signed three bills into law Thursday, the first round of the 2016 Legislative session. The smooth passage of the top priority bills could ease tensions at the State Capitol.

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This week saw a homerun for disability rights in the Florida Capitol. There are two bills heading to the Governor’s desk.

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Plans to expand education options for people with disabilities passed the Senate Wednesday with a unanimous vote. The measures are a priority for Senate President Andy Gardiner, who was moved to tears at the bill’s passage.

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Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are trying to put the bad blood that derailed last year’s legislative session behind them. the two leaders are moving quickly to approve many high-profile bills that were casualties of last year’s infighting.

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The debate over testing and school grades in Florida isn’t over. Senate President Andy Gardiner says several top lawmakers are looking into the issues regarding the state's reliance on its new Florida Standards Assessment.

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Florida lawmakers want to reform the way the state deals with substance abuse and mental health issues. One legislator hopes her recent appointment to an advisory council will help with that effort.

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Florida lawmakers are preparing to vote on a budget Friday evening.  The compromise spending plan comes more than six weeks after relations in the Florida Capitol broke down.

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Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

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Prison reform may be officially dead this session, but prison reform advocates remain hopeful there will be some meaningful reform for Florida’s troubled prison system.

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The legislature’s unscheduled Sine Die killed plenty of bills, but some say the loss of many anticipated disability bills hit the hardest.

Senate President Andy Gardiner during a press conference pushing the Senate's "FHIX" proposal--a privatized version of Medicaid expansion.
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While the federal government has prolonged talks of expanding Florida’s Medicaid program, statewide business leaders head to the Capitol in support of the Senate’s proposed solution.

No self-respecting conservative makes it to Tallahassee without promising to crack down on crime. But that commitment to law and order often stops at the courthouse door.

APD Director Barbara Palmer (in gray) with supporters during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol
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Florida House and Senate Leaders have boasted about an ambitious agenda to improve the experiences of persons with disabilities. But some disability rights groups fear a proposal in the legislature filed by two powerful lawmakers, could privatize one of the important job placement programs that people with ‘unique abilities’ rely upon.