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  • Arrivals and Departures: Arrivals and Departures, Dec. 15, 2017 - The governor made a few appointments and Ashley Moody announced a finance team for her attorney general run.
  • Health Providers: State lawmakers look at boosting information for patients - House priority legislation to survey health providers and publicly post the results was fast-tracked to the House floor.
  • State Economy: Florida businesses to keep paying lowest possible re-employment tax - [2 updates] The Florida re-employment tax rate will remain at its lowest rate in 2018 for third year in a row, the governor's office said. Legislation to provide a tax holiday for disaster preparedness and protection items has passed unanimously through the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.
  • Economic Development Appropriations: Senate panel agrees to broader use of tourist tax revenue - A bill by Sen. Jeff Brandes would allow local governments to use "tourist development" tax revenue on capital construction and land acquisition that would help tourist-related businesses.
  • Transportation: Drone bill passes House panel unanimously - Legislation giving criminal penalties for flying a drone near a correctional facility has passed its first subcommittee.
  • Environment: Negron says reservoir should spread off state land if necessary - Senate President Joe Negron wants South Florida water managers to consider expanding a new reservoir project for Lake Okeechobee onto private land.
  • Health Insurance: Obamacare extension gives Floridians 2 more weeks to sign up - Floridians were given two extra weeks to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by federal officials. It was supposed to end Friday but Florida got an extension due to the hurricane season.
  • Florida’s Appropriation Process 101: 2017 Final Budget Report released - The governor's budget office Thursday released an annual report on state agency spending covering three fiscal years.

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