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Session at midpoint: Election year squelches controversy, aids harmony and rewards contributors

The Florida Legislature has passed the halfway point of its 60-day session and the fruits of its labor can be summed up in two words: election year.

With Gov. Rick Scott struggling in the polls as he seeks a second term in November, the Republican-led legislature has worked to send him bills to bolster his image while avoiding issues that could complicate the governor’s political prospects.

In one month, lawmakers swiftly passed a repeal of the 2009 auto tag fee that will save most drivers $25 a year and touted it as the largest general revenue tax reduction in a decade. They enacted tuition credits for returning military in an effort to make the state friendly for veterans. They strengthened penalties for perpetrators of sex crimes in response to newspaper reports on repeat sex offenders.

And, in one of many bills pushed by the National Rifle Association, they sent the governor a measure Thursday to allow people to fire warning shots in self-defense.

Before the session began, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said his goal was to help Scott “put points on the board” by passing popular legislation.

This week, Weatherford declared that the goal is “not to worry about elections this session. We’re here to do what we think is right.” Story here.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/05/4041743/at-session-midpoint-legislature.html#storylink=cpy

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Redundant

The GOP will pay at the polls for ignoring Medicaid Expansion.

studentofhistory

The GOP will not "pay" for refusing to expand Medicaid.

Although I believe the State should draw down the federal funds, to just throw it into Medicaid is irresponsible, and an easy refute for Republicans. The only well thought out position on this issue comes from Joe Negron, who has the good sense to push to take the federal dollars but only under very careful conditions that improve health care.

Can't take anymore

Student of Imaginary History, Joe Negron has never shown any effort to improve health care in our state. He has actually been part of the legislative group that have eviscerated our county health dept clinics and returned us to 1950's levels of services to the poor and uninsured.

Redundant

Call the program "GOP For The Peoples Healthcare" or "Weatherford Hates ACA" or "Kick Some Cash Back To The Politicians Health Incentive" but don't ignore the health needs of a million Floridians just because.

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