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Senate ready to OK compromise prison overhaul -- without independent watchdog

After months of talking tough on Florida’s troubled prisons, the Senate is poised to take up a compromise package that drops plans for an independent oversight commission to guide the nation’s third largest system of lockups. 227 more words

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Lawmakers Avoid Divulging Their Vote On Tax Hike For Roads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase linked to road improvements because that’s what lawmakers proposed after deadlocking on directly raising taxes themselves. 825 more words

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Bullock signs SB262 this Afternoon

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Ignoring the lawsuit filed by FJBC Individuals against the 64th legislature, Steve Bullock defiantly signed SB262 this afternoon.  This is no surprise because it demonstrates exactly where the state has been with respect to public opposition of the CSKT compact for the last three years.  125 more words

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Flurry of budget offers, but no budging by House or Senate

With exactly one week left in the 60-day regular session, the two sides showed no sign of bridging the $4.2 billion difference between them in the lone bill they have to approve each year – a budget. 229 more words

Democratic House leader says Republicans looking to dance on Medicaid issue

With the Florida budget held hostage by a rift within the state GOP over Medicaid expansion, the House Democratic leader says Republicans in the lower chamber appear to be looking for a way to get back on the dance floor. 319 more words

It wasn't the best week for Louisiana as state hit with triple-whammy; at least No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Tex. A&M in baseball

Thank goodness for late-inning rallies Thursday and Friday nights by LSU’s No. 1-ranked baseball team to beat No. 2 Texas A&M 4-3  and 9-6, respectively. Otherwise, the news just keeps getting worse for Louisiana. 1,117 more words

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