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Like the newly elected President and the future Congress, Florida’s future leaders will look pretty much the same. Still, while the Republican-led state legislature still continues to hold a majority, there were some upsets.

Two Hispanic female lawmakers will have leadership roles within the Florida House and Senate.

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The Florida Department of Corrections is starting to implement a new program aimed at making sure released offenders don’t come back to the state’s prison system. Prison officials say Spectrum is a research-based program unique to Florida.

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Florida lawmakers will face some tough decisions next year as they draft the state budget.  Leaders are already warning cuts are in store.

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With more and more locally transmitted Zika cases in Florida, a bipartisan group of state House lawmakers are joining together to ask for federal help to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

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A bill seeking a three percent pay raise for state employees unanimously passed its first Senate panel Monday. And, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mulling over the issue as well.

From the left Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, begin the compromise process as full conference committee met June 11, 2015, while finalizing key portions of the state's budget within Criminal and Civil Just
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Florida’s future House Speaker Richard Corcoran says the chamber will be doing business a lot differently when he’s leader. Corcoran will take over the House in 2017.

There’s a lot of disappointment going around due to Governor Rick Scott’s long list of vetoes. It includes more than a million dollars in pay raises for Florida forestry firefighters.

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Florida’s criminal justice budget issues cover a broad spectrum of agencies from Florida’s troubled prison system to the state’s courts system. While some areas of the budget got funded, other areas seen as priorities were lacking.

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Representative Richard Corcoran may be putting his foot in his mouth after calling proponents of Medicaid expansion “Gucci-loafing, shoe-wearing special interests.” Medical professionals from South Florida marched heel-toe to the capitol, and as Matthew Seeger reports, they’re not going to buckle to legislative tongue-lashing.

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Florida legislative leaders are downplaying an article in London’s Guardian newspaper that says the state is in talks to expand Medicaid.  The article cites “secret negotiations,” but state officials say they’re not happening.

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Reactions to a house plan expanding health insurance coverage to an additional 115,000 uninsured Floridians is getting the cold shoulder from Governor Rick Scott and healthcare groups. The measure is the House's response to the federal Medicaid expansion, which lawmakers rejected last month.

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and Representative Richard Corcoran have crafted an alternative to the Federal Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

The plan is similar to one in the Senate by Aaron Bean that relies on state funding only to allow more people to purchase private health insurance plans.

A plan to expand the state’s corporate tax scholarship program, commonly called school vouchers, has cleared the House on a 92 to 24 vote. Lynn Hatter reports the measure would add more money into the program, which gives money to children in failing public schools to go to private ones.