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legislature 2000 Follow the Times’ ongoing coverage of this year's session

May 5, 2000

Blue-blood breakup
Accusations of affairs, abuse, mental instability and money wasted at Wal-Mart are all part of a divorce case involving the great-great grandson of John D. Rockefeller and the daughter of a Reagan ambassador. At stake: an old-money fortune and custody of their five children.

Sovereign lands bill seems to be sinking
Attorney General Bob Butterworth and every Florida environmental group lined up against the proposal, calling it a "land grab."

$1 hike in fee for tag renewal
The increase provided for in the state budget comes as a surprise to many legislators.

Thousands of inmates may get out early
A state court ruling makes more than 14,000 eligible to have time shaved off their sentences.

Mobile home rights fail with tax break
Two lawmakers from Pinellas see their bills die when a deal falls through.

Suited up for the endgame
The stakes are especially high for lobbyists, known as "The Suits," as the state Legislature winds down.

It may pay to hire healthier employees
A bill sent to Gov. Jeb Bush distinguishes the cost of premiums for workers in poor health.

Chiropractic school proposed
Money to study the creation of a school at FSU, which would be Florida's first, is included in the budget plan.

Capitol ringing with goodbyes
Sixty-two legislators are being turned out of office this year by term limits.


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