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Hastings and Over 40 Members of Congress Send Letter to OMB Supporting Funding for Mental Health Programs

(Washington, DC) Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Grace January 10, 2013   Mr. Jeffrey Zients Deputy Director for Management Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20503   Dear Deputy Director Zients:   We write to urge you to maintain funding for mental health programs as you plan for the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014.   There have b ...

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STAND YOUR GROUND REPEAL BILL FILED

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 10, 2012......The controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law would be repealed under a bill filed this week by a House Democrat. The law, which allows those who feel threatened to shoot back at assailants out in public, seized the national spotlight last year with the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford. ...

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President Obama on the “fiscal cliff” agreement

President Obama on what's in the "fiscal cliff" agreement and what it means for you. Watch it and share it with friends and family. ...

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FAMU’S RESPONSE TO CHANCELLOR FRANK BROGAN’S REPORT ON INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO FAMU AND THE FLORIDA BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT

“We have been aware of the Board of Governor’s investigation and the topics under review.  We appreciate their hard and dedicated work, which has culminated in these reports.  We will thoroughly review the reports and determine the corrective actions we may need to take. We have been, for the past year, working to address many of the concerns cited in the reports.  We have developed and implemented many new ...

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Florida Leaders Propose Tuition Deal

Florida's universities are looking to make a deal with state lawmakers on tuition increases. On Wednesday morning, university presidents from across Florida gathered at the state Capitol and announced that they will guarantee no tuition increases next year if the state Legislature sets aside an extra $118 million for the schools. The $118 million represents the same amount of money that would be generated i ...

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Judge: State Can’t Privatize All Florida Prison Health Care

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 4, 2012..........A judge struck down a decision by the Legislative Budget Commission to privatize health-care at prisons across most of the state, one of the first times a court has weighed in on the power of the 14-member panel. The ruling, issued Tuesday, allows the Department of Corrections to privatize health-care service ...

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Local supervisors of elections came under fire Tuesday as lawmakers began probing

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 4, 2012..........Local supervisors of elections came under fire Tuesday as lawmakers began probing what went wrong in the 2012 elections, with state officials singling out five who reportedly deserve special scrutiny for their performance. Secretary of State Ken Detzner told lawmakers he would visit supervisors of elections i ...

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Democratic Ranking Members on House Committees and Subcommittees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Twenty-two members of the Florida House Democratic Caucus have been appointed as Ranking Members of committees and subcommittees of the Florida House of Representatives. Today, House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston extended his congratulations to those members and his appreciation to House Speaker Will Weatherford for making the appointments. “I am pleased that Speaker Weatherford agree ...

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DEMOCRATS FILE BILLS TO INCREASE EARLY VOTING HOURS

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 29, 2012….Democrats in the state Senate on Thursday filed the first legislation arising out of concerns over voting difficulties, seeking to expand early voting times and the places where early voting can occur. The measures would also eliminate a requirement that people who have moved into a community from outside the county vote a provisional ...

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