James Call

James CallMay 8, 2015

3min59
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday to crack down on the violent culture within Florida’s prison system. The order includes provisions addressing safety and transparency and that hold guards, wardens and Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones accountable. Newspaper investigations have detailed a series of unexplained inmate deaths, allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers, […]

James CallMay 8, 2015
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The latest challenge to proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana law is in its final stage. Late Thursday, attorneys for the Department of Health and Baywood Nurseries filed proposed final orders with Judge W. David Watkins. The two sides repeated the arguments they made during a hearing last month. Baywood went into greater detail in […]

James CallMay 4, 2015
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3min47
Baywood Nurseries’ challenge to a proposed regulatory structure for a medicinal marijuana industry will move forward. Judge W. David Watkins, on Monday, rejected a Department of Health’s motion to dismiss the challenge based on the Apopka growers’ lack of standing. DOH had cited a 30-year-old ruling in a Medicaid case in which a challenge to […]

James CallMay 1, 2015
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The state Capitol is quiet. Usually the fourth floor rotunda on the last day of Session is packed with lobbyists, lawmakers and staff. The noise of chattering deal-making bounces off the terrazzo floor, travertine marble columns and walls to reach the decibel level of a steroid-fueled chainsaw in a shouting match with an oncoming steam […]

James CallMay 1, 2015
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9min55
On Friday morning, lobbyist Ron Watson prepared reports for clients’ whose interests he represents before the Florida Legislature. The curtains close officially on the 2015 Regular Session Friday, but for all intents and purposes, it ended Tuesday when any accord between House and Senate degenerated into insults and the House adjourned without a  state budget […]


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