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As politicians looking for budget savings and government employees concerned about future benefits prepared to battle over potential changes to the state pension system, lawmakers were told last week that Florida has typically done a better job than most states in funding its retirement system.
A controversial bill aimed at restricting the “application of foreign law” (specifically Sharia law) in courts in Florida died on the floor of the state Senate late last Friday night, as the 2012 Legislative session came to a close.
Half the questions Gov. Rick Scott was asked at a Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors luncheon today touched on a subject that has been a sore spot in Scott's relationship with the press — his policies on open government, which haven't been very open.
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Newly elected Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith outlined some unsurprising priorities for his party's shrunken state House delegation Tuesday: rebuilding the party infrastructure at the local level, making sure Florida breaks for Barack Obama in 2012 and keeping Bill Nelson as Florida's senior senator.