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Alcee L. Hastings Commemorates Signing of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act

Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) commemorated President Obama’s signing of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (S.3472). The Uninterrupted Scholars Act is bipartisan legislation that Hastings co-sponsored, which amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to grant a child welfare agency direct and unencumbered access to the academic records of young people in their care, while ...

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SEN. JEFF CLEMENS ON BALLOTS

A state senator says he has an idea to fix the long lines that plagued Florida's 2012 election. Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens says since the Republican-led Legislature stacked the ballot with 11 constitutional amendments last November, he thinks voters should get the chance to limit the number of amendments from lawmakers. Sen. Clemens has filed legislation that would prohibit state lawmakers from placing mo ...

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Florida slashes estimated cost of Medicaid expansion to $3 billion

By Michael Peltier, Reuters     TALLAHASSEE, FL - In a dramatic about-face, Florida's health agency now says the cost to state taxpayers of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law would be barely more than a tenth of its original estimate. Governor Rick Scott, a Republican who had fought hard against the reform law known as Obamacare, had complained earlier last week that the ...

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Medicaid Expansion, Not HMO Experiments Should Be Rick Scott’s Focus — Rep. Mark Pafford, FL House Democratic Policy Chair

Florida House Democratic Policy Chair Mark Pafford Statement Medicaid Expansion, Not HMO Experiments Should Be Rick Scott’s Focus   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Representative Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach), the Florida House Democratic Caucus policy chair, issued the following statement in regards to Governor Rick Scott’s meeting today with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.   “Gove ...

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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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