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House, Senate may find common ground on medical-malpractice reform
Florida lawmakers appear to be inching closer on changes to the state’s medical-malpractice system, with a House committee Tuesday scrapping proposals that likely would have run into opposition in the Senate, reports Jim Saunders of the News...
- Posted 42 days ago
Proposed tweaks to Florida’s lobbyist gift ban don’t go far enough
Representative democracy requires the communication of constituent interests to elected officials, and requiring legislators to pay their own way at all community events – even when no other guests are required to do so – creates the...
- Posted 51 days ago
Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians: #7 – Tom Lee
#7 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Senator Tom Lee. “It is an honor to know Tom Lee, as a friend, as my Senator and a fellow board member on the Hillsborough County...
- Posted 83 days ago
Tom Lee suggests lawmakers may tweak gift ban
Some legislators want to take a new look at the gift ban passed in 2005 that keeps lawmakers from accepting anything from lobbyists and the groups they represent. “It’s been held responsible for everything except 9/11,” said...
- Posted 93 days ago
Senate panel puts medical-malpractice laws under microscope
A Senate committee Tuesday began considering whether to make changes in Florida’s medical-malpractice laws, reviving a debate that has flared repeatedly during the past decade. Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Lee said he wanted to get a sense...
- Posted 105 days ago
Sens. Dorothy Hukill, Wilton Simpson, Tom Lee and Oscar Braynon file for re-election
Four incumbent senators have filed paperwork during the past week as a first step toward seeking re-election in 2014, according to the state Division of Elections website. Those senators are Dorothy Hukill in District 8; Wilton Simpson...
- Posted 131 days ago
Dennis Baxley, Tom Lee bring business experience to judiciary committees
Stacked with lawyers from both parties, the Legislature’s judiciary committees are again expected to address a host of perennially controversial topics such as civil litigation, foreclosures and malpractice that often pit businesses against trial attorneys. This session,...
- Posted 141 days ago
State Senator Tom Lee adds to duties, is elected chairman of Hillsborough County GOP
As if he didn’t have enough to do being a new father and a newly elected State Senator, Tom Lee added to his duties by winning a vote to become chairman of the Hillborough Republican Executive Committee....
- Posted 161 days ago
Marco Rubio endorses Tom Lee for Hillsborough GOP chair
Local Republicans will pick a new Hillsborough County party chairman tonight, hoping to rejuvenate a party known as one of the state’s largest and most active, but which is still plagued by divisiveness. Senator Tom Lee appears...
- Posted 162 days ago
Tom Lee garners support of local legislative leaders for bid for Hillsborough GOP chair
Local Republicans will pick a new Hillsborough County party chairman next week, hoping to rejuvenate a party known as one of the state’s largest and most active, but which is still plagued by divisiveness. Senator Tom Lee...
- Posted 165 days ago