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October 24, 2001

Florida Senate to vote on meeting in secret
If approved, the proposal, designed for meetings on terrorism prevention, would allow closed sessions for the first time in over 30 years.

Budget cuts threaten anti-tobacco program
Advocates say smoking among youths has gone down, but they add that further cuts could damage the campaign.

House committee looks at impeachment for judges
Several lawmakers question whether the Legislature should involve itself in the judges' fates.

House okays pledge bill for students
The bill, approved 115-1, would require children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning.

Lawmakers start cutting process
A nickel here, a dime there and a lot of boasting about what was spared in the face of a money crisis.

Ethics report: Ex-lawmaker misused money
The ethics commission says ex-state Rep. Willie Logan used taxpayer money to pay JCPenney and Burdines bills.

Groups say actions hurt manatees
A coalition of environmental groups has accused federal officials of greenlighting more than 200 new waterfront developments in manatee habitat around Florida, shirking its promise to create manatee refuges and failing to enforce boating speeds.

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