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Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Northwest Florida priorities were big winners in the state’s budget approved Friday by the Florida Legislature. Often the stepchild to a state government that tends to look east and south, the Panhandle fared especially well during the final year of Niceville Republican Don Gaetz’s presidency [...]

Victory for RayAnn Moseley and Caring Florida

Victory for RayAnn Moseley and Caring Florida

"Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014" On Friday May 2, Senate Bill 1030 ER passed the Senate floor with veto-proof majorities. SB 1030 was approved by a vote of 30-9 in the Senate and 111-17 in the House. Under the measure, cancer patients as well as those who suffer from severe muscle [...]

A Pass-Fail Report on Florida Legislature 2014 session

Florida lawmakers ended the 2014 legislative session late Friday after passing a budget and a flurry of other bills dealing with issues such as child welfare and school vouchers. But hundreds of bills died as lawmakers headed home to gear up for re-election campaigns. Here are 10 issues that passed [...]

Senate passes ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

Senate passes ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida As an 11-year-old Panhandle girl who helped change the minds of leery lawmakers looked on, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Monday legalizing a strain on marijuana that could stop life-threatening seizures in children with a rare form of [...]

Crist strategist: ignore the polls

Crist strategist: ignore the polls

Six months ago, Republican strategists working for Gov. Rick Scott told supporters to ignore the polls that gave newly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist a double-digit lead over the governor. Now it is the Democrats' turn to advise people to look the other way. Even as a Mason-Dixon poll released [...]

Weekend buzz: Ticking clock, Bye Bye Dick and Request for Apology

Weekend buzz: Ticking clock, Bye Bye Dick and Request for Apology

Time ticking on any new candidates The filing deadline is less than two months away. The qualifying period for state, city and county races is from noon June 16 to noon June 20. Rumors persist that someone will jump into the Republican primary against Escambia County Commissioner for District 2, [...]

Scott wants more restrictions on marijuana proposal

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn't get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of [...]

U.S. Supreme Court turns down Scott on worker drug testing

U.S. Supreme Court turns down Scott on worker drug testing

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida In a blow to Gov. Rick Scott, the U.S. Supreme Court today said it would not take up his appeal of a ruling that blocked across-the-board drug testing for state employees. The Supreme Court did not give a reason for its decision, which was included [...]

Buzz: Gov. Scott appears to oppose ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

Buzz: Gov. Scott appears to oppose ‘Charlotte’s Web’ bill

The word out of Tallahassee is Gov. Rick Scott will oppose the bill that would legalize "Charlotte's Web,' the strain of marijuana that would help children suffering from severe epileptic seizures. At this morning's House committee hearing, the Scott's surgeon general spoke against the bill. [...]

What will Florida Legislature discuss today

What will Florida Legislature discuss today

PANEL TO CONSIDER CHILD-WELFARE OVERHAUL: The House Appropriations Committee will take up three bills, including a wide-ranging proposal (HB 7169), sponsored by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, that would make changes in the state's child-welfare system. Lawmakers have focused on the issue after a [...]

Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The Capitol fell largely silent this week, as lawmakers, lobbyists and some reporters took time to relax after the opening month and a half of the legislative session. The sniping between Gov. Rick Scott and his chief Democratic opponent, former [...]

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged yesterday Keith A. Seilhan, a former 20-year BP employee and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. The price of BP [...]

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