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As the House and Senate prepare to vote on whether to adopt the budgets proposed by their appropriations committees, the two chambers remain separated by hundreds of millions of dollars in their proposals for the state's economic development appropriations largely over differences in financing for two programs operated by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation

A high-dollar battle is underway for a contract that produces $18 million a year for the company operating Florida's law enforcement radio system, as Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers are proposing opening up competition for the service.

House and Senate panels both advanced plans to increase the number of preorders needed to start manufacturing specialty license plates last week.

Military veteran and longtime Miami police Officer Robert Asencio has announced his 2016 candidacy for Florida State Representative in House District 118. He's seeking the Democratic nomination and the opportunity to unseat two-time incumbent Rep. Frank Artiles in the general election.

The House and Senate are slated to vote on their budgets and the governor and Cabinet meet to discuss hiring outside legal counsel for a suit alleging Sunshine Law violations during the ouster of former FDLE chief Gerald Bailey.

The Board of Governors raised the scores of the University of North Florida and Florida International University under the performance funding model. The increase for UNF may mean it is now eligible for a share of that money.

Broward Democrat Roxanne Y. Vallies has filed to replace term-limited Rep. Hazelle Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes. According to state records, Vallies has donated to Rogers' campaign in the past.

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