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florida-public-employees-rick-scott-law-enforcementPolitcususa:Rick Scott Breaks The Law By Using On Duty Cops As Props At Campaign Event

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) broke the law this week when he used on duty officers as political props at an event for his re-election campaign.


florida-public-employees-moquito-seasonMiami Herald: Stepped outside lately? Mosquito season is here

The South Florida mosquito season has hit the misery zone, spreading clouds of pesky marsh mosquitoes and bringing the first local case of dengue fever.


CBS_MIAMI_florida_public_employeesCBS Miami: Ruling May Chill School Districts Efforts To Challenge Charter School Conversions

A ruling against the Miami-Dade County Public School District was the first-ever ruling under Florida statutes, written specifically to prevent school districts from taking “unlawful reprisals” against employees who support charter school conversions.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Florida poll shows broad public support for immigration reform

Immigration reform has flatlined in Congress, but Florida voters overwhelmingly support changes and reject the Republican contention that a lack of enforcement of current law is reason not to act, a new poll released Wednesday shows.


Florida-forced-stagger-paymentsTallahassee Democrat:  Florida forced to stagger the timing of payments

Florida is being forced to stagger payments to schools and health care providers because of limits with its 30-year-old computer-based accounting system.


florida-public-employees-KHNKHN: Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy

Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar conditions.


florida-public-employees-brevard-budgetFlorida Today:   Brevard budget proposal less than current one

Brevard County Manager Stockton Whitten on Monday proposed a $1 billion county budget for the coming year.



Sun Sentinel: Ex-union boss at Port Everglades goes on trial in theft, conspiracy case

The former president of the labor union local representing maritime workers at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale went on trial in federal court Tuesday, accused in a 17-count indictment of using false documents to steal thousands of dollars in union funds.


TBOTBO:  Some state workers exempt from drug tests, but fight drags on

Gov. Rick Scott has capitulated in his crusade to require all state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests, giving up on about half of the state’s classes of workers in a drawn-out legal battle that could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


TBOTBO: Judge won’t delay sentence for ex-House candidate

MIAMI (AP) — A judge has refused another delay in sentencing for a failed South Florida congressional candidate in a campaign finance fraud case linked to former U.S. Rep. David Rivera.


TBOTBO: Federal judge won’t dismiss Fla. Medicaid lawsuit

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge refused Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges Florida provides inadequate care to children in its Medicaid program, despite state claims that privatizing the program will resolve many of the problems.





florida-public-employees-tony-bennett-admitsJournal Gazzette: Bennett admits breaking ethics law, to pay $5,000 fine

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett admitted to breaking state ethics law by using state property to engage in political activity, according to a settlement agreement released Wednesday night.


News_Florida_Public_EmployeesKSAB: Former JaxCo administrator gets prison time, $140K restitution for stealing taxpayer money

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former Jackson County court administrator will spend two years in prison and pay almost $140,000 in restitution for stealing from taxpayers and spending the money on travel, shopping and gift cards.


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