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  • 'Zombie apocalypse' in the Florida Senate?

    'Zombie apocalypse' in the Florida Senate?
    TALLAHASSEE -- Yes, this is click bait. But you can blame the Florida Senate. Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, has filed an amendment to a concealed-weapons bill (SB 296) headed for the Senate floor which would allow people to carry their weapons without a...
  • House advances super-sized sales-tax holidays, shuts down Democratic amendments

    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida shoppers could get sales-tax "holidays" on computers, hurricane supplies, dryers, toilets, gym memberships and a raft of other goods under a plan advanced in the state House Wednesday.   Lawmakers are using the state's budget...
  • Read Senate President Don Gaetz's opening day speech. Please.

    Read Senate President Don Gaetz's opening day speech. Please.
    TALLAHASSEE -- Here's the session-opening speech as prepared for Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville: Every teacher, Senator Legg, Senator Thompson, Senator Bullard, Senator Hukill and even we old superintendents, Senator Montford, we all know...
  • Single-gender schools get the go-ahead from Florida Legislature

    Single-gender schools get the go-ahead from Florida Legislature
    Florida school districts are encouraged to create more single-gender schools, under a bill the Florida Senate passed today. The bill, approved last month by the House, wants schools with boys-only or and girls-only classes to be open to interested...
  • Read Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State Speech

    Read Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State Speech
    TALLAHASSEE -- Here's Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State speech to lawmakers: Good morning, Chief Justice Polston and distinguished members of the Supreme Court.  Welcome Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater,...
  • Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students

    Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate's budget chairman announced Thursday he was blocking a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally. The bill, SB 1400, sponsored by Sen. Jack...
  • House panel proposes education savings account for disabled and gifted students (state money parents could tap for options outside public schools)

    House panel proposes education savings account for disabled and gifted students (state money parents could tap for options outside public schools)
    Parents of some Florida students could swap a seat in a public school for a state-funded savings account they could use to purchase private educational services, under a proposal a House subcommittee outlined today. The still-in-draft-stages plan seems...
  • Political theater runs deep through Florida legislature

    Political theater runs deep through Florida legislature
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott opened the Florida Legislature’s annual session today with a blunt attack on his Democratic opponent, blaming Charlie Crist for the state's recession and issuing an election-year call to block tuition hikes and ...
  • Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again

    Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again
    Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so. Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston, said...
  • Obituary for Gov. Reubin Askew

    Obituary for Gov. Reubin Askew
    TALLAHASSEE -- Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who led a growing mega-state through a period of modernization and public corruption, died Thursday morning. He was 85. A family spokesman said he had been admitted to the hospital last Saturday with ...
  • After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion

    After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion
    TALLAHASSEE -- After a half-day standoff, the Florida Legislature voted Friday to let the state's main school-voucher program expand its enrollment in exchange for more oversight of student-performance and the organization running the system. Voucher...
  • Divisive craft-beer bill passes through Florida Senate

    Divisive craft-beer bill passes through Florida Senate
    A bill that craft-beer breweries view as an affront to their growing industry gained final approval in the Florida Senate Tuesday. The brewers like the part of the bill that would allow them to fill 64-ounce “growler” jugs of beer for...