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March 29, 2001
Boaters facing higher fees
To find more money for manatee protection, a state House panel votes to increase the costs of registering boats.

Mediator finds distrust, anger in UF law staff
"Racial differences have apparently been taboo subjects," notes a 26-page report that follows the resignation of a black administrator.

Bill bars meetings about unions
A state Senate committee passes a measure that prohibits such meetings on the Medicaid dime at nursing homes.

Florida parks chief on list for national post
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's longtime director of state parks, Fran Mainella, is being considered to head the National Park Service under President George W. Bush, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Struhs confirmed Wednesday.

Senate panel okays resolution to restore felons' voting rights
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida voters would determine whether felons could regain the right to vote, under a resolution approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee.

DEP backs off defense of arsenic in wood
TALLAHASSEE -- A few days ago, the spokeswoman for the state's environmental agency tried to reassure Floridians worried about the arsenic leaking out of pressure-treated wood.

Around the state
DUI manslaughter verdict avoided

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