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Voting & Elections 12.7.2015

Capitol Report for Week Ending March 4, 2016

Week eight of the 2016 Florida legislative session is over and there was action on issues that are priorities for Common Cause Florida. Unfortunately, one of our top priorities failed to make it out of its last committee stop this week and the committee is not scheduled to meet again. All of the legislation we once considered problematic has been neutralized to the point that Common Cause Florida is no longer opposing it.

Ethics 11.4.2015

Interim Report for week of Nov 1, 2015

Legislative report from Florida legislative interim committees in preparation for the 2016 session.

Ethics 05.4.2015

Report from Tallahassee for Week Ending May 1, 2015

During the last week of the regular session two significant, Common Cause-supported bills were sent to the governor. One is our top priority issue, online voter registration, the other related to modest reforms of the Public Service Commission. A surprise came when the House adjourned sine die, three days early, leaving scores of bills dead for the session. The legislature will re-convene within the next to months to pass a budget, since both houses were hopelessly deadlocked, especially over the issue of Medicare expansion.

Voting & Elections 04.27.2015

Report from Tallahassee for Week Ending April 24, 2015

Heading into the last week of the regular session, the Legislature is expected to pass our top priority, online voter registration, two ethics bills and modest reforms to the Public Service Commission. But with the House and Senate in a deadlock over Medicaid expansion and $4B apart in the budget, anything can happen! A key question is whether the Governor will veto OVR.

Voting & Elections 04.21.2015

Report from Tallahassee for Week Ending April 17, 2015

With only two weeks left in the regular legislative session, the House and Senate are poised to pass online voter registration (OVR). An elections bill that would have required secondary addressing for registered voters has been amended to our satisfaction. An ethics bill that strengthens prohibitions against conflicts-of-interest has been amended to our dissatisfaction, casting a shadow over its eventual passage.

Voting & Elections 04.13.2015

Report from Tallahassee for Week Ending April 10, 2015

With only 3 weeks remaining in the regular Florida legislative session, both houses seem likely to pass online voter registration, although Governor Scott announced his opposition. An ethics bill is also moving forward. Common Cause joins a coalition opposing a broad public records exemption to content produced by body cameras worn by law enforcement officers.

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