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  • Legislative session: Two weeks to go, much to do

    Legislative session: Two weeks to go, much to do
      Like the last two minutes of a close basketball game, the final two weeks of the Florida Legislature's annual session is the most important to watch. Yes, big change happened on the first day of the two-month session, when legislators fixed the laws...
  • Lobbying: connections, appearances & results

    Lobbying: connections, appearances & results
    Ask one thing about lobbying in Florida, and several more questions come up. At issue now – click on the link in the right hand column – is proposed legislation in Tallahassee. It would ban county elected officials and municipal officials...
  • As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders

    As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders
    Every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track, but House Speaker Will Weatherford doesn't want to know about it. He appears content to keep the blinders on. In his stubborn resistance to better gambling regulations, Weatherford refuses to...
  • Law would require Florida dog tracks to report injuries

    Law would require Florida dog tracks to report injuries
    Florida, one of only seven states in the nation to allow greyhound racing, is pushing to hold tracks more accountable for the sport's impact on the dogs. A state Senate panel approved a bill Tuesday to require reporting of greyhound racing injuries, a...
  • The Sun Sentinel's Take: 'De-coupling' bill needed to help greyhounds

    It was an admitted heavy lift. Fix Florida's outdated gambling regulations, open the door for new mega-casinos in South Florida, and possibly give existing pari-mutuels a bigger tax break and more games so they can better compete with the Seminole Tribe...
  • Lawmakers seek to draw medical tourists to Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida lawmakers have a new vision for the tourism industry. Forget Mickey Mouse and the beaches. Their goal is to make Florida an international destination for people seeking top-notch medical care. Proposals in the state House and...
  • Gaming reform likely 'not in the cards' this year, senator says

    Gaming reform likely 'not in the cards' this year, senator says
    Chair of the Senate's gaming committee said his panel will not pursue a comprehensive gaming reform bill when it resumes its work next Tuesday. “We will not bring up or introduce the big, huge proposed committee bill,” Sen. Garrett Richter,...
  • Vacation rentals: Governments poised to regain say over rental practice

    Vacation rentals: Governments poised to regain say over rental practice
    A man's home may be his castle, but neighbors complain it often turns into a revolving-door party palace when owners rent them out for short-term vacation stays. Until now, there was little they could do. A 2011 law prohibits local governments from...
  • Medical marijuana's political sway

    Forget the medical arguments. Ignore the criminal justice issues. Put aside moral questions. Florida's medical marijuana referendum could influence the results of the other elections on November ballot -- especially the race for governor. "It'll be an...
  • Joe Negron on Senate presidency, not running for Congress and partisan sniping

    Joe Negron on Senate presidency, not running for Congress and partisan sniping
    Here are some quick takes from state Sen. Joe Negron, who was in Fort Lauderdale this week to speak to Broward Days, the organization that brings business and government together to advocate for the county in Tallahassee. Negron, a Stuart Republican,...
  • Grey2K report documents dog racing deaths

     GREY2K USA and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held a press conference Thursday, reporting that 74 racing greyhounds died in Florida between May 31 and Dec. 31.  The report, titled “The Final Lap,” summarizes...
  • Florida Democrats to push civil-rights bills in 2014

    Florida Democrats to push civil-rights bills in 2014
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats are banking on the 50th anniversary of the federal Civil Rights Act to breathe new life into an array of roadblocked social issues in the Capitol, dealing with immigrant children, gays, felons and even pregnant women....