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Bill Weakens Ability to Claim Abandoned Property As Your Own

Posted: 04/01/2011 - An unusual state law that has roots back to the 1800s allows someone to pay property taxes on homes or land they don’t own. If after seven years there is no protest from the owner, the squatter can get the title to the property by filing an “adverse possession” claim.

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Plans Would Rein in Water Districts

Posted: 04/01/2011 - Lauded - and criticized - for their fiscal autonomy, water management districts would find their budgets determined by the Legislature and their spending approved by the governor under a pair of bills advancing March 31 in the House and Senate.

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Senate Budget Passes Committee, Setting Up Final Clashes

Posted: 04/01/2011 - The final draft of the Senate’s spending plan for the coming fiscal year easily passed the Senate Budget Committee, setting the stage for a clash with the House over how to craft a spending blueprint hammered by the end of federal stimulus dollars and an anemic economic recovery.

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Push to Stop Publication of 911 Calls Stalls

Posted: 04/01/2011 - A proposal (HB 1435) to make it illegal to publish or broadcast a recording of a 911 call was temporarily postponed in the House State Affairs Committee on March 31.

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FSU Campus Safety Walk

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Florida State University is taking a proactive approach when it comes to safety on campus, and they weren't short on help.

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Food Truck Thursday

Posted: 04/01/2011 - The street food trend has made its way from the big city to the capital city and folks in our area are chowing down.

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Feds: Transocean Stonewalling on Witnesses

Posted: 03/31/2011 - The head of the agency that regulates offshore drilling is questioning Transocean's willingness to cooperate with a key federal investigation of last year's Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill.

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Senate Pension Plan Passes Despite Resistance

Updated: 03/31/2011 - Despite unease among even some supporters of the measure, the Senate Budget Committee approved a sweeping pension reform bill that would ask current employees to pay more and lock future employees out of the defined-benefit plan.

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Residents: Are Smart Meters Accurate?

Updated: 03/31/2011 - Utilities customers in California are suing Pacific, Gas & Electric because they say their bills have gone up since smart meters have been installed. City of Tallahassee customers say they are now wondering if the smart meters in our area are accurate.

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Medicaid: Benefit Cuts Versus Savings

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Three million Floridians receiving Medicaid benefits could be forced into managed care programs by state lawmakers. GOP leaders say privatizing Medicaid management would save the state a billion dollars a year, while opponents of the plan say the savings will deprive children, seniors, and the disabled of quality care.

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FSU College of Business Inducts 3 Alumni Into Hall of Fame

Posted: 03/31/2011 - FSU’s College of Business has selected 3 accomplished alumni to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. Mark Hillis, Floyd D. “Bud” Jordan Jr. and Kenneth M. Willis were inducted into a prestigious group of 23 business leaders at the college’s Ninth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony.

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School Tax Holiday Back in House

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Back-to-school shoppers could experience the thrill of a three-day sales tax holiday beginning August 12 under a measure approved by the House Finance and Tax Committee.

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House Citizen's Insurance Package Takes Off

Posted: 03/31/2011 - A House panel on March 30 kicked off that chamber’s attempt to shrink the state-run insurance pool by raising rates, and phasing in restrictions meant to force coastal residents with expensive properties into private insurance.

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Damage Caps For Foster Agencies Fought by Family

Posted: 03/31/2011 - When the Florida Senate’s omnibus Medicaid bill passed its first committee, it included a measure that would cap damages for pain and suffering by children in the state foster care system. The inclusion of the new limits came over the objection of a family who took in three foster kids, only to find they’d had a horrible past.

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Tax Credit Voucher Program Headed For Expansion

Posted: 03/31/2011 - In an attempt to boost participation in Florida’s tax credit school scholarship program, a Senate committee approved a bill on March 30 that gives corporate tax information to scholarship groups and boosts how much of a tax credit a company could receive.

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Budget Passes in Contentious Committee Meeting

Posted: 03/31/2011 - A pared-down $66.5 billion budget for the coming fiscal year passed the House Appropriations Committee on March 30, even as opposition Democrats assailed the spending plan as a danger to public safety and an attack on state workers.

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