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Florida caps in malpractice cases ruled unconstitutional

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Caps on how much money patients injured by a doctor's mistakes can receive were declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, a decision that strikes down one of former Gov. Jeb Bush's major policy victories. The court ruled that the caps placed into law in 2003 were arbitrary and there's no proof that they reduced malpractice insurance rates that lawmakers were attempting to contain. Even if they have, there's no present crisis to justify the caps. In a 4-3 decision, justices also said the caps unfairly hurt those most severely injured by doctors' mistakes.
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Florida governor defends record-setting budget vetoes

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended his latest round of budget vetoes, which set a modern-day record for a governor but came from a long list of spending projects, including money intended for public universities and compensation for homeowners whose trees were torn down by the state.

Backroom Wheeling and Dealing Produce Florida Budget-Stave Off Missed Deadline

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A laundry list of disagreements between Gov. Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers has apparently been ironed out, with a deal that will have Scott signing next year’s state budget, with a caveat that lawmakers return for a special session next week to make changes he wants.
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Florida legislators finally hand over budget to Gov. Scott

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- It's decision time for Gov. Rick Scott. On Wednesday, the Florida Legislature formally delivered the proposed state budget to Scott, who has 15 days to sign or veto the bill. He could also just veto individual spending items included in the budget.
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New FL Law in Wake of Teen Fishermen Disappeared in Atlantic

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Governor Scott has signed a bill into law that aims to get locator beacons into every boat, no matter how small, in the wake of the disappearance of two teens off the east Florida coast two years ago.

Prosecutor: Gov. Scott changed his view on meddling in cases

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty said Monday in court documents that Florida Gov. Rick Scott...

Florida State legislators approve an $83 billion dollar budget

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)-- Behind schedule and late in the evening, House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday to an $83 billion spending plan for the year...

Florida Legislature agrees to pay millions for lost citrus

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators have agreed to pay millions to homeowners in two counties whose healthy citrus trees were torn down in...

Gov. Rick Scott: Actions are legal in fight with prosecutor

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A prosecutor is wrong in arguing that Florida's governor violated the state constitution when he took away almost two dozen...

Florida Gov. Scott heads to Argentina for trade mission

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to leave Sunday for Argentina for a trade mission organized by the state's embattled...