Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 29

FLORIDA DROPS COMPLAINTS AGAINST ABORTION CLINICS

Court documents show the Agency for Health Care Administration last Friday asked an administrative judge to dismiss complaints first filed last year against clinics located in St. Petersburg, Naples and Fort Myers. The state alleged that the clinics had performed second-trimester abortions that violated their licenses. Planned Parenthood representatives have maintained that abortions were performed during the first trimester.

FORMER LOTTERY SECRETARY LANDS NEW JOB WITH HELP FROM SCOTT

Cynthia O’Connell last week began working as the director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. O’Connell will be paid $100,000 a year. O’Connell abruptly resigned last August from her $141,000 a year job as lottery secretary once questions mounted about her work habits and spending, including questions about her use of an agency credit card.

VP Joe Biden stumps for US Senate candidate Patrick Murphy in Florida

The pair stopped Monday afternoon at the Jackson Soul Food restaurant near downtown Miami, where Biden praised Murphy as “the real deal.” Biden says he will be campaigning with Democratic Senate candidates across the country. He says he’s ashamed of the partisan bickering in the Senate.

FLORIDA’S TOP JOBS RECRUITER STEPPING DOWN AFTER CLASH

Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday that Bill Johnson, the head of Enterprise Florida, is resigning. Scott’s office did not announce the exact date of Johnson’s departure. Johnson took over the post in 2015 at the start of Scott’s second term in office. But he wound up clashing several times with the Florida Legislature over the amount of money needed to lure new companies to the state.

EATONVILLE MAYOR, CAMPAIGN WORKERS CHARGED WITH VOTER FRAUD

A grand jury on Monday returned a 25-count indictment alleging that Mayor Anthony Grant and two campaign workers participated in a bribes-for-votes scheme. State Attorney Jeff Ashton says Grant offered bribes and lowered rent in exchange for votes by absentee ballots. Grant says he knew nothing about the scheme.

 

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