Lawmakers resurrect proposal to tax bottled water

In an attempt to make the business of bottled water a more mutually beneficial relationship between the corporations who withdraw millions of gallons of public water per day and the Floridians who currently see nothing in return beyond a $230 permitting fee, state Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, has proposed legislation that will place a 6 percent tax on the product.

Fair Districts Now: Scott, others ‘abuse power’ in attempt to squelch Amendments 5 and 6 (Updated)

The Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel are both reporting that Gov. Rick Scott instructed the Department of State to ask the federal government to halt its approval of Amendments 5 and 6, the two popular so-called Fair Districts amendments that limit the legislature's ability to gerrymander districts. Now, via press release, Fair Districts Now — a nonprofit dedicated to overseeing the implementation of 5 and 6 — says that by doing so, Scott and other officials have been caught abusing their power.

Scott appoints developer to oversee growth management

After he was elected, Rick Scott told a business group: If you’ve ever wanted to step out of the private sector for a short time and offer your skills to the state of Florida, this is the time to do it. To that end, in a decision hailed by business leaders, Scott announced Wednesday that he had chosen St. Joe Company executive Billy Buzzett to lead the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

Scott appoints ‘Fair Districts’ foe to run 2012 elections

Gov. Rick Scott yesterday announced his appointment of Kurt Browning as Florida's secretary of state, a position filled by Browning from 2006 till April 2010. After resigning, Browning led Protect Your Vote, a political committee largely bankrolled by the Republican Party of Florida that sought to defeat Florida's so-called Fair Districts amendments.