The Legisgator

A newsletter for the Gator Caucus

Publication Date: July 14, 2008

Hello, and welcome to The LegisGator, the University of Florida's bi-weekly newsletter designed for members of the Gator Caucus. Delivered by e-mail every two weeks, The LegisGator is a quick read featuring UF news bites you may have missed but would like to share with your fellow lawmakers or others.

This week's spotlight:

Title: State Senator for District 3

Charles S. “Charlie” Dean Sr. (R)

Gator connection: His son, Charlie, who graduated in 1993, played football for the University of Florida.

Background: Charles S. “Charlie” Dean, Sr. represents Baker, Hamilton, Suwannee, Taylor, Lafayette and Dixie counties, as well as portions of Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Columbia, Levy, Marion and Citrus counties. He was elected to the Senate on June 26, 2007, and served in the House from 2002 to 2007. While serving in the House, Dean was the sponsor of differential tuition for UF, FSU and USF. Dean is a retired sheriff, cattleman and consultant. He served as Citrus County sheriff from 1981 to 1996. He has an associate of arts degree from Central Florida Community College; a bachelor of science degree in criminology- police administration from Florida State University and a master of science degree in criminal justice from Rollins College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for 5½ years. Dean is chairman of the Military Affairs and Domestic Security committee. Other committees he serves on are Law and Justice Policy and Calendar; Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations; Governmental Operations; Health Policy; and Regulated Industries.

News Bites

Florida’s rental markets latest to suffer ill effects in housing crunch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The spread of “For Rent” signs is the latest bad news as Florida’s real estate market declines in all forms of rentals, a new University of Florida study finds.
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UF study: Religious devotion linked to educational outcomes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adolescents who consider themselves “very religious” are generally more likely to finish college than their less devout counterparts, according to a University of Florida study.
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New standards needed for elderly, disabled to remain in homes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Build it and they will stay” would be wise policy with today’s growing number of elderly and disabled people who want to remain in their own homes, a new University of Florida study finds.
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Computer engineers: Virtual patients also experience racial bias

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For black people, it doesn’t matter whether their color shows up in pigments or pixels. Doctors may be less likely to heed their complaints either way.
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Florida consumer confidence index falls to lowest rate in its history

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Higher gas and food prices, continued declines in housing prices and last month’s large increase in unemployment caused Florida’s consumer confidence to plummet six points in June to 57, its all-time low record in the index’s 25-year history, a new University of Florida study finds.
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UF offers nation’s first master’s degree in environmental and land use law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a world grappling with critical shortages of water, increasing developmental pressures and the unknown but real threats of climate change, environmental and land use law policies and applications are changing almost as fast as the weather.
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University of Florida professor designs plasma-propelled flying saucer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flying saucers may soon be more fact than mere science fiction.
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Visiting the South’s ‘stroke buckle’ increases risk of stroke death

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It might not only be the state of your health but also the state you visit that increases the chances of dying from a stroke, a new University of Florida study finds.
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