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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 [...]

Destination Resorts deal into Senate Gaming plan

Destination Resorts deal into Senate Gaming plan

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Two stand-alone casinos in South Florida and allowing track operators to quit racing horses and dogs while keeping lucrative card rooms and slot machines are among the proposals on the table as the Florida Senate prepares to roll out its gambling [...]

Gaetz: Land amendment shifts to much control to state

Gaetz: Land amendment shifts to much control to state

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Florida voters will get to decide in November if funding for land conservation should be cemented into the state Constitution. But don't expect top lawmakers to support the proposed constitutional amendment, which will appear as Amendment No. 1 on [...]

The week ahead at the state capital

The week ahead at the state capital

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JANUARY 26, 2014 Gov. Rick Scott has held a series of appearances across the state to tout pieces of his proposed 2014-15 state budget. As might be expected, the appearances have focused on what could be popular parts of the budget. But during the coming week, Scott is expected [...]

Board of Governors establishes performance standards for universities that will impact funding

Board of Governors establishes performance standards for universities that will impact funding

The Florida Board of Governors has developed a performance funding model that will reward university excellence and improvement and maximize the return on investment for Florida students, according to press release from the board. The funding model will be implemented during the 2014-2015 year. [...]

I-10 to get new ‘Welcome to Florida’ sign

I-10 to get new ‘Welcome to Florida’ sign

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florid Nearly 45 million visitors entered the Sunshine State by car last year. And at least one state lawmaker doesn't like what they saw. "We've got a little piddly sign and we junk it all up. … It doesn't give a welcoming entrance," said Sen. Aaron [...]

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

Crackdown on sex predators starts moving in capitol

By Margie Menzel The News Service of Florida A Florida Senate panel on Monday unanimously passed three bills dealing with sexually violent predators and sexual crimes against children --- the first in a series of measures expected to unfold across four committees and both legislative chambers [...]

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