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  1. Feds say Florida needs $1 billion in hospital funding for poor next yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 21 | St. Petersburg Times

    The federal government told Florida Thursday that the state will need $1 billion next year to maintain a hospital payment program that's at the center of a political stalemate preventing passage of a new state budget. In a letter to state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said the $1 billion would "maintain stability while the system transitions" to new ways of compensating hospitals for the high cost of treating poor patients, a program known as LIP or low income pool.

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  2. Florida Senate and House agree to scope of special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday May 16 | St. Petersburg Times

    In their first tangible sign of progress in weeks, legislative leaders Friday set the agenda for a June special session to include a budget, Medicaid expansion, tax cuts and several other issues. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, issued a joint proclamation that specifies issues to be considered during a three-week session starting at 1 p.m. June 1. Included in the list of issues is the Senate's modified version of Medicaid expansion, a health insurance exchange that relies on federal Medicaid money to expand health care to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.

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  3. House, Senate leaders agree to meet in June for special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    After dissolving the annual legislative session last week over a budget and health care impasse, House and Senate leaders on Wednesday agreed on one thing: the dates of the special session to finish their work.

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  4. PolitiFact Florida: Running the numbers on Medicaid expansionRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 3 | St. Petersburg Times

    In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are beginning their first legislative session as their chambers' leaders with a unified front and much in common.

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  5. Why did the Florida House adjourn early? Answering your questionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | St. Petersburg Times

    The session jumped off the rails at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told his 119 colleagues in the lower chamber that they were done and could go back home three days before Friday's scheduled end date. The Senate, caught off guard, now plans to finish up Wednesday.

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  6. Editorial: Florida House turns its back on FloridiansRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | St. Petersburg Times

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, left, talks with Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, before the House abruptly adjourned. The Florida Senate will be in session this morning, debating public policy and passing legislation.

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  7. Florida House declares sudden end to regular sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | St. Petersburg Times

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said he planned to return for a special session to resolve the impasse with the Senate over the budget before a July 1 deadline. In a statement, Crisafulli ticked off a list of House bills that were approved before the abrupt end of the session.

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  8. Bills aimed at helping people with special needs become casualty of legislative impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | St. Petersburg Times

    A day after it was reported that House Speaker Steve Crisafulli accused Senate President Andy Gardiner of sandbagging him on Medicaid expansion, the House released its agenda for the week that shows no sign of the priority bills he and Gardiner agreed to relating to people with special needs. The bills are a top priority of Gardiner, an Orlando Republican whose son has Down syndrome.

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  9. Despite $600 million offer, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn't refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts. But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end.

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  10. Meet the Arizona doctor House Republicans like to quoteRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, distributed a guide to Republican members designed to bolster their argument against Medicaid expansion that included one of Fodeman's op-ed pieces. According to the news archive service Nexis-Lexis, Fodeman, 32, is one of the earliest opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

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  11. Florida Legislature heads toward special session because of Medicaid impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Republican leaders said Wednesday that they won't approve a budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session in 15 days because of the widening impasse over the Medicaid budget. Asked by reporters if he agreed it was already too late to meet their deadline, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said he did.

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  12. Tension mounts in Tallahassee over Medicaid expansion, hospital fundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 14, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Federal health officials turned up the pressure on Florida Tuesday, saying the future of $1.3 billion in federal funding for hospitals that treat low-income patients is tied to whether the Legislature expands Medicaid. In a letter to Florida's Medicaid director, a top federal official wrote that the federal government is willing to consider the state's request to keep the so-called Low Income Pool in place after the program ends in June.

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  13. Bill to address Florida testing concerns headed to Gov. Rick ScottRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 9, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    A proposal that would reduce the testing requirements for Florida schoolchildren - and delay the release of school grades until an independent agency reviews the new assessments - is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. It is one of only a handful of legislative proposals to win support this session in both the House and Senate.

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  14. Florida House passes $690 million tax cut packageRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 9, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Cellphone users, widows and widowers, college students and small businesses are among the latest pawns in a showdown over Medicaid expansion in Florida. On Thursday, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a $690 million tax cut package that could save those groups money, but only if the Senate signs off on the plan.

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  15. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay wrestlingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 8, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Best meet: For Norstrem, the state meet stands out. He pinned Merritt Island's Ryan Hudson in 3:27 for a fourth straight title that moves him within one of becoming the sixth overall - and Brandon's fourth - five-time state champion.

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  16. Editorial: Overpaying for private water farms wrong approachRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Caulkins Citrus Co. in Martin County is being paid to retain 6,780 acre-feet of water at $76 per acre-foot.

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  17. Florida Senate moves to temporarily suspend school gradesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 1, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Florida Senate took a critical step Wednesday toward temporarily suspending school grades in response to the outcry statewide among parents, teachers and superintendents who want a smoother transition as the state shifts to new standards and tests. The Senate added a provision to its sweeping testing bill that would require an independent review of the new Florida Standards Assessments.

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  18. Florida Senate passes sweeping prison reformsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 1, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Responding to allegations of abuse and corruption in Florida's prison system, the state Senate voted Wednesday to create an independent oversight commission with subpoena powers to investigate wrongdoing at the Department of Corrections. SB 2070 passed 37-1 and creates the nine-member Florida Corrections Commission, which would have the power to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud and inmate abuse, as well as review budget proposals and make policy recommendations.

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  19. Senate finds compromise on student testingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year's Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted to the fourth grade, or high-school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted. The amendment was intended to be a compromise between Republican lawmakers who have vowed not to retreat on school accountability, and the parents and educators who have asked for a pause while Florida transitions to new academic standards and assessments.

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  20. Voters suggest Amendment 1 funds were supposed to be spent acquiring landRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    John Hendershot was one of 4.2 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, helping it pass by an overwhelming majority in November. "I was convinced that the purpose was to set aside money primarily for environmental lands acquisition purchases and to preserve and protect environmental lands," said Hendershot, a 61-year-old Tampa psychologist.

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