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Senate panel advances proposed constitutional amendment changing CFO duties

A Senate bill that would put a constitutional amendment expanding the Chief Financial Officer’s duties on the ballot cleared its second committee stop Tuesday. SB 792, sponsored by Brandon Republican Sen. Tom Lee, would have the CFO participate in economic, demographic, and revenue estimating conferences. It would also require the CFO to review and certify…


Proposal would specify lieutenant governor duties

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s lieutenant governor would have specific duties under a proposed constitutional amendment that continued to draw support Friday from members of the state Constitution Revision Commission. The commission’s Legislative Committee unanimously backed a proposal (Proposal 66) by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would make the lieutenant governor serve as head of one of…


Proposal to ban greyhound racing in Florida advances

A proposal to ban greyhound racing in Florida received unanimous approval from a commission panel on Thursday, pushing the measure closer to being put on the November 2018 ballot, according to CBS Miami. The Florida Constitution Commission panel has the power to put the proposal directly on the ballot, something animal rights activists have failed…


Greyhound racing ban clears first CRC committee

A proposed constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in the state unanimously cleared its first committee Thursday. That was right after its sponsor, Commissioner Tom Lee, delivered a fiery speech on the power of—and oncoming peril to—his proposal. Mira, a 7-year-old greyhound and former racing dog, lay a few feet away. “You haven’t heard from…


Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing in three years

“There’s a lot of inhumanity and cruelty going on in that industry,” Lee says. Sen. Tom Lee wants to eliminate greyhound races over the next three years, which would shutter the 92-year-old landmark Derby Lane in Pinellas County. The Thonotosassa Republican filed a constitutional amendment that would prohibit wagering on greyhound or other dog races….


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