Florida’s new elections rules “appear to be a step backward in protecting the right to vote for citizens of the Sunshine State,” writes former Gov. Charlie Crist in a column published in today’s Tampa Bay Times.
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Two bills — a “fetal personhood” measure that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception and one that would force women seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound — have many Virginia voters up in arms, worried that their health is being “attacked.”
Because of its diversity, the Sunshine State is often though of as a microcosm of the rest of the country — and from the I-4 corridor to Miami’s Little Havana, all eyes are on voting booths today. Polls have officially opened and, despite polls showing a big lead for Mitt Romney, attacks on his opponent, Newt Gingrich, were relentless.
GOP Senate candidate George LeMieux issued a statement today opposing a publicly funded, privately managed immigration detention center to built in South Florida.
State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, has filed a bill to “collect a modest fee from bottled water companies that derive extravagant profits for the privilege of pumping millions of gallons of water daily from Florida’s springs and other water bodies.” Sands’ filing of House Bill 781 comes after public criticism over water bottling giants’ current ability to extract — without charge — water for commercial purposes.
As legislators crafted new laws to shut down so-called “pill mills” around the Sunshine State, they also slashed funding for the public health programs positioned to help prescription drug-addicted women and babies. That has left programs like Healthy Start — which has seen the number of drug-addicted babies in the state quadruple in five years — scrambling for help.
A new report by the Florida Current examines the earnings of top legislative lobbying firms in Florida, which have increased since last year. Among the companies to have spent the most on lobbying is Automated HealthCare Solutions, a group whose co-chairmen have become fixtures on the political scene. According to the Current, Automated HealthCare has posted minimum lobbying expenditures greater than $300,000.
Rep. Connie Mack, R-Naples, will enter the Republican Senate primary, one of his advisers announced Wednesday.
A statewide prescription drug monitoring program is finally set to go live today — years after it was first championed by state legislators and former Gov. Charlie Crist.