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  • Ban Florida lawmakers from working as lobbyists: Editorial

    Last month the Florida Senate passed a pretty good ethics bill, but left a glaring loophole. While the bill included a ban on locally elected officials lobbying on behalf of paid clients, senators failed to extend the prohibition to cover members of the...
  • Our Take: Tobacco trickery

    Tobacco trickery How do you turn groups like the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association against a bill that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors? If you're the Florida House, you add language that would block or override...
  • Lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

    Lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
    While paying for a cleanup, the Florida Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of Florida's lakes, rivers and springs. – Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring...
  • 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...
  • Funding would advance cancer research: My Word

    Funding would advance cancer research: My Word
    Cancer. It's a life-changing word that used to mean it was time to get your affairs in order. That's not the case anymore. Cancer is now a fight that more and more people are winning. But even though we have made great strides in treating and curing...
  • Florida lawmakers have a lengthy to-do list: Editorial

    Like the last two minutes of a basketball game, the final two weeks of the Florida Legislature's annual two-month session are the most important to watch. Yes, big change happened early in the session, when legislators passed several bills to protect...
  • Charlie Crist's comeback attempt to be governor depends on South Florida

    Charlie Crist's comeback attempt to be governor depends on South Florida
    Charlie Crist believes the secret to wresting the governor's office from the Republicans and placing it in Democratic hands lies in South Florida. He's pouring time and resources into the region, wagering that the strategy will win him a return...
  • Don't muddy gun law on evacuations: My Word

    Don't muddy gun law on evacuations: My Word
    As Orange County sheriff, I am sworn under oath to support, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, and I will defend with vigor the Second Amendment rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. However, I am concerned about attempts, such as a proposal...
  • Gaetz asks feds to reconsider Florida Medicaid alternative

    Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is asking the federal government to reconsider a Florida plan offering subsidized health insurance to the state's working poor, as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion plan the state turned down last year. Gaetz, R-...
  • Gaetz tries to re-kindle Medicaid expansion talks with feds

    Gaetz tries to re-kindle Medicaid expansion talks with feds
    TALLAHASSEE -- With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepping down, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is trying to measure her repalcement's interest in negotiating alternatives to the Medicaid-expansion component of the federal health-care law. "As you...
  • Conference set for Autism Awareness Month

    As one of the speakers at the second annual "Autism in the Classroom Conference," Maryellen Quinn-Lunny is well known as director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University. She has worked in special education for 34...
  • Senate budget chief pulls plug on tuition bill

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's budget chairman put a stop to a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents are illegal immigrants. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said in a statement he couldn't justify using...