This Week In Tallahassee

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Sen. Gary Farmer

Sen. Gary Farmer wants to tweak a proposed plan for measuring community colleges’ graduate rates. Those rates will be used to help determine a school’s share of performance-based funding from the state, and Farmer wants a performance-funding metric to measure how many students at each college finish within 125 percent of the time it would take if they attend full time.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee OK’d a bill (SB 240) that creates a regulatory framework for direct primary care agreements between doctors and patients. Over in the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, a bill to give judges the discretion to award attorney fees in public records lawsuits barely passed its first committee. The committee voted 4-3 to send it to the Senate Community Affairs Committee. 
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Senate President Joe Negron

Senate President Joe Negron is one step closer to seeing his one of his top priorities approved: The Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation approved a bill (SB 10) to build a storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

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Call it a war of words: Gov. Rick Scott ripped House Republicans for proposing legislation to kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, saying he was “extremely disappointed in the House’s actions” and members aren’t “thinking about the house of the state.” A staunch opponent of incentives, House Speaker Richard Corcoran fired back saying lawmakers “were elected to do what is right and clean up government, put an end to the waste of taxpayer money, and end the culture of corruption.”

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