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May 3, 2001
New legislative blood finds revolution in vain
Term limits pave the way for 63 new House members. But party leaders keep them in line with their agendas.

Budget plan offers bonus for teachers
The proposal includes an $850 "retention bonus" for most teachers, but the move has union officials fuming.

A visit, a gift, a great big mess
Say it with flowers? Nope. This lawmaker's sentiment for a lobbyist is a box -- filled with 25 pounds of cow manure.

2 hurdles left for nursing home bill
TALLAHASSEE -- The fate of a heavily lobbied bill to end headline-grabbing judgments against nursing homes is headed into the final days of the legislative session.

Bill would mandate 4 generic drugs
TALLAHASSEE -- In what would mean a savings for thousands of Floridians, pharmacists could substitute less expensive generics for four brand-name drugs under a bill sent to the governor Wednesday.

Negotiators agree on election reform package
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's lieutenant governor said the state could be an election model for the country as a result of a reform package approved Wednesday night by House and Senate negotiators.

Legislative notebook
Today is the 59th day of the 60-day session.

Lucy Morgan
Don't like the rules? Just change the rules
Once upon a time, the Legislature was run by Democrats. The final week became an orgy of tacking amendments onto important bills, the creation of "trains," a legislative term that describes a chain of often-unrelated issues that get connected in a single bill.

Landowner seeks to alter development rules
If the rules are changed, the St. Joe Co. could build large housing developments without rigorous impact reviews.

Prosecutors say attorney eavesdropped
A defense attorney in an inmate murder trial allegedly recorded a private strategy session.


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