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Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Don Gaetz is hopeful that the Florida House and Senate will hammer out a budget in June. The biggest sticking point is how the state will be budget for the health care of its 820,000 uninsured citizens. “I'm encouraged that our budget chief, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Richard [...]

R.I.P.: Bills that died because of House adjournment

R.I.P.:  Bills that died because of House adjournment

From Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com Water legislation State Sen. Charlie Dean's massive water legislation package - SB 618 - will no longer see adoption into state law this year, in a session that was purported to be a landmark year for water policy. Speaker Crisafulli made [...]

Breaking news: Florida House flips out Senate, adjourns

Breaking news: Florida House flips out Senate, adjourns

From News Service of Florida: Amid a bitter impasse with the Senate about the budget and health-care issues, the House adjourned "sine die" about 1:15 p.m. Central. The adjournment came three days before the annual legislative session was scheduled to end. The Senate continued taking up bills [...]

Florida Cabinet slows down agency appointments

Florida Cabinet slows down agency appointments

Capitol watchers were given a glimpse this week of the next chapter in the showdown between the governor and Cabinet members over department-head appointments. Aides to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam acted to cut off Gov. [...]

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

By Jac Wilder VerSteeg, Context Florida Florida’s national ranking by Education Week has dropped precipitously, to No. 28. In 2013, Florida was ranked No. 6. When Florida’s public education system rose to No. 6, politicians raced to crow and claim credit. The ranking proved, they said, that [...]

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In some ways, the state of Florida has remained remarkably stable over the past year. Gov. Rick Scott and the entire Cabinet won re-election. Republicans maintain control of both chambers in the Florida Legislature. Indeed, the 40 senators who [...]

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Long-sought regulations on Florida's commercial parasailing industry, along with a measure about crimes against unborn children, are among 32 laws that go into effect Wednesday. A number of the new laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2014 [...]

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

State lawmakers will have about $336 million extra in the budget year that begins next July, according to a draft state report issued late Wednesday. The Long-Range Financial Outlook, an annual report, says that surplus takes into account the likelihood that the Legislature will continue to set [...]

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida's jobless mark continued its steady run through 2014, holding at 6.2 percent from June to July, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday. The numbers indicate there were about 1,600 fewer people employed in July in [...]

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock [...]

State drops voter purge

State drops voter purge

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida In an election-year turnaround, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is dropping a problematic voter purge aimed at keeping non-U.S. citizens from casting ballots. In the fall, Secretary of State Ken Detzner held five forums with supervisors of elections [...]

Uh, one more gun bill. This time it involves schools and NRA. What could go wrong?

Uh, one more gun bill. This time it involves schools and NRA. What could go wrong?

By Margie Menzek, The News Service of Florida A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that lawmakers said would add "common sense" to zero-tolerance policies for guns in public schools sailed through a House education panel on Wednesday. The measure (PCB KTS 14-02) by House Judiciary [...]

Yes, sir. Florida Legislature has another gun bill

Yes, sir. Florida Legislature has another gun bill

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies due to gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee Tuesday. Florida law already prohibits such action, [...]

State Capital briefs, Feb. 5

State Capital briefs, Feb. 5

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX CUT BACKED As Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders look to cut $500 million in taxes and fees this year, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a plan that would trim taxes on communications services. Major business groups and communications companies support the bill (SB [...]

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