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The Obama administration rebuffed Florida's Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to extend federal funds for hospitals that treat the uninsured, increasing the pressure on states that have refused to expand coverage for low-income people under the president's health care law.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he’s running for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up to seek the GOP presidential nomination.

Two advisers close to DeSantis confirmed his plans to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public yet.

Florida will begin a nationwide search to find the heads of two state agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott called for the search Tuesday after the Florida Senate didn't confirm Scott's picks for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The agencies report to both Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet.

The Legislature passed 227 bills during the 2015 session that ended early after the House went home three days early. That means more than 1,500 bills died. Here's a look at some that succeeded and some that failed.



Bills that passed both chambers would:

— Set the presidential primary date as March 15, 2016. Signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.

There's a good reason Gardiner understands hospitals: he works for one.