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TALLAHASSEE -- The Senate passed its health care plan by a 38-1 vote this morning, possibly a final act in the legislative debate over health care, which now seems doomed. Last night, Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said that it appeared "unlikely" that...
Tags: Joe Negron, Politics
It's funny how the vibe around a piece of legislation can change. Several weeks ago, a bill that would let consumer lenders increase the cost of borrowing was, politically speaking, not especially dicey. The groups that opposed it — Progress...
Florida lawmakers crowed last week, with some justification, about passing a "historic" package of ethics reforms. But they squandered a historic chance to deliver true campaign finance reform in another package they sent to Gov. Rick Scott's desk....
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott should be at the high tide of his influence, dropping the hammer on fellow Republican legislators thwarting his agenda. The governor has made it clear he wants $2,500 pay raises for teachers and a $141 million...
TALLAHASSEE – As the Legislature heads to the final days of the 2013 session, hope is fading fast for a deal to expand health care to about 1 million of the state's poorest citizens. If no compromise is reached, roughly two-thirds of those people...
Staff writerWKMG-Channel 6's "Flashpoint" is taking the show on the road this weekend. You can attend an 11 a.m. Saturday taping at the Things to Do in Florida Expo at Seminole Towne Center. You can see "Flashpoint" at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG. Moderator Lauren Rowe's...
TALLAHASSEE -- Could a special session on no-fault auto insurance be in the works? Maybe. Senate Banking and Insurance Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, told the Sun-Sentinel that should an appeals court strike down reforms the state made...
State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he may abandon his bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory sick time benefits, such as one pending in Orange County, and go for something broader. Instead, Simmons said he may...
Amid all the chaos in this year's legislative session, a seemingly innocuous sentence could do more harm to government transparency than any measure in recent memory. Lawmakers seem not to care. But you should. This one sentence would make it far more...
Tags: Elections, Rick Scott, Executive Branch, Email, Politics
Backed by the president of the state Senate, a small Florida county is challenging the state's tourism industry over how it can spend its hotel taxes. Okaloosa County, a coastal Panhandle community whose economy relies on tourists visiting its white-...
Weatherford: Don't worry, be happy (about ethics, campaign-finance and tax breaks, but not about Medicaid)Tallahassee Bureau ChiefTALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott this week is rattling sabers over his priorities for manufacturing tax-cuts and bigger teacher pay-raises. But House Speaker Will Weatherford told reporters Tuesday that he had faith the House and Senate would come...
Backed by the president of the state Senate, a small Florida county is challenging the state’s tourism industry over how it can spend its hotel taxes. Okaloosa County, a coastal Panhandle community whose economy relies on tourists visiting its...
Tags: Florida Legislature
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