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State News
6:13 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Applicant Pool To Choose Next FDOT Secretary Narrowed To Three

Credit FDOT's website

With Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad’s departure weeks away, Governor Rick Scott is now a step closer to naming the Secretary’s replacement. A nine-member panel tasked with narrowing down the list of candidates for the job recommended three to the Governor Thursday.

After talking over the nine listed applicants, the Florida Transportation Commission unanimously chose Jim Boxold—FDOT’s current chief of staff—as the first nominee. And, Commissioner Beth Kigel says he’s done a great job in the past.

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State News
6:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Despite Expiring Stay, Court Clerks Unlikely To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Bob Inzer
Credit Leon County Circuit Court

An expiring stay in a federal appeals court case has led to speculation that same-sex couples in Florida might start walking down the aisle early next year.  But it may not be quite that simple.

On January 5, an order delaying a federal court ruling against Florida’s same-sex marriage ban will expire.  But Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer says attorneys have advised the state’s clerks not to begin issuing marriage licenses. 

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State News
5:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Christy Daly Named Permanent DJJ Secretary

Newly named Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Christy Daly
Credit DJJ's website

Governor Rick Scott has made another interim agency head permanent, after officially naming Christy Daly head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system Thursday.

Daly is no stranger to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s worked as a deputy Secretary under her predecessor, Wansley Walters, who stepped down in June.

She’s also been the chief of staff and legislative director for DJJ.

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State News
4:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

TaxWatch Targets State Retirement Plan

Credit Florida TaxWatch

Moving state employees into riskier, but potentially more profitable retirement plans is just one way to trim the state’s $77 billion budget, Florida TaxWatch, a government watchdog group, recommended in its annual report released Thursday.

Robert Weissert, TaxWatch’s chief researcher, says lawmakers should look hard at the recommendations while they decide how to spend a $ 1 billion surplus.

“Budget surpluses do not mean that we should not spend taxpayer money wisely,” he said.

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State News
4:30 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Florida Teacher Goes Homeless To Raise Awareness

Credit From Mr. Rebman's facebook page

A Central Florida middle school teacher has taken the year off to travel the state while living as a homeless person. Tom Rebman hopes to raise awareness as well as compassion for the more than 40,000 people living on the street in Florida.

Rebman started his awareness program in Orlando where he survived by panhandling and relying on donations. He slept on the street or in shelters,

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