Senator Mike Fasano via the Evers family

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.

A state-government watchdog group is calling for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to investigate state-run Citizens Property Insurance. Integrity Florida and lobbying group Policyholders of Florida have written a letter to Scott after Citizens disbanded its Office of Corporate Integrity on Friday.

Citizens fired all four employees in its corporate integrity office. The move comes amid a sharp increase in internal ethics complaints, which include allegations of wasteful spending. State Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) says Scott needs to get involved now. 

State employees hoping to make the most of their vacation time might want to use it now, rather than later. State officials are working with the Florida Legislature to shore up what they see as a multi-million dollar liability in the budget by reducing the amount of money employees can receive for unused vacation time and sick leave. But, several state employees say legislation to do that will further dishearten state workers who have taken cuts and gone without a pay raise for several years.

The board that oversees Florida’s largest property insurer has dropped a plan that would have allowed the company to impose higher rates on new policies. Lynn Hatter reports Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is looking for ways to reduce its liabilities and shore up its reserves. 

The Legislature’s revised Senate redistricting map is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court justices. The Court set oral arguments for April 20 to decide the plan’s fate. However, James Call reports candidates are not waiting for the final decision on new district lines and have begun campaigning for the 2012 elections.

Moments after a Senate committee approved a new district map Senators gathered around it to see what it meant to their reelection chances.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos and his allies have tried to advance an ambitious conservative agenda in the past year, only to have the chamber knock his priorities down. Senator Mike Fasano talks about how he led a push to block a measure aimed a privatizing a number of Florida’s prisons.



Senator Mike Fasano (R- Newport Richey)

James Call, Chief Legislative News Producer

As the final scheduled week of the 2012 Florida Legislative Session got underway, the state senate was working through a long list of bills.  Tom Flanigan reports the issue of allowing unregulated out-of-state insurers to take over Citizens Insurance customers sparked spirited debate.

The Florida Senate is saying goodbye to some long-time lawmakers. Regan McCarthy reports term limits will keep about a dozen lawmakers from returning to the chamber in the next regular legislative session.

After about 18 years spent working as a lawmaker in Tallahassee Senator Larcenia Bullard, a Democrat from Miami, is bidding the legislature goodbye. In a more than an hour-long speech, Bullard talks about the many years she has spent as a public servant.