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Just when they thought they had dodged a bullet, it looks like Florida businesses will be hit with a major increase in workers compensation rates after all.

EFI Senior Vice President External Affairs, Mike Grissom.
Florida Channel

Florida’s business recruitment program is in flux after major belt tightening and the departure of its CEO.  

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Two of Florida’s election supervisors are backing an initiative to restore voting rights for ex-felons.  Broward and Leon County’s supervisors are urging the state supreme court to certify the proposal for the 2018 ballot. 

MGN Online

There are now more than 1,200 cases of the Zika virus in Florida, and about a fifth are locally contracted cases via Florida mosquitoes. So, health officials are reminding Floridians to continue taking preventive measures to combat the disease.

Ninth District circuit judge Alice Blackwell
Florida Channel

U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia may be dead, but his legacy is alive and well among those hoping for a seat on Florida’s Supreme Court.  With a vacancy opening up next year, nominees are touting their adherence to Scalia’s brand of constitutional originalism.

Deck of cards with Ace of Spades on top
Steven Depolo

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Senate President Joe Negron wants the state to build a $2.4 billion reservoir in western Palm Beach County, despite House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s call for budget cuts.

Voters are sending President Barack Obama into retirement with strong approval ratings, even though they chose his political nemesis to succeed him.

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Florida Department of Corrections

Florida’s largest state agency is asking the Governor and the state Legislature for more than $147 million. While Florida Department of Corrections officials say pay increases are among their top legislative priorities, the union that has taken back the bargaining rights for the department’s correctional officers hopes even more money will be forthcoming.

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