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  • Keep sober homes and neighborhoods safe

    The March 8 article, "Sober homes face new government scrutiny," brings to light a problem unknown to most people. At their core, sober homes are a great idea — having people suffering from substance abuse problems helping each other through...
  • In the Florida Legislature, it's a lot easier to pass a new tax break than to get rid of an old one

    In the Florida Legislature, it's a lot easier to pass a new tax break than to get rid of an old one
    The Florida Legislature is proving this spring that it's a lot easier to pass a new tax break than it is to get rid of an old one. Take the high-profile bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed last week to reduce fees for registering cars in Florida...
  • Legislative budgets have money to boost tourism

    Legislative budgets have money to boost tourism
    Both chambers of the Florida Legislature passed their budgets last week, and their proposals include some goodies for the tourism industry. The Florida House of Representatives, for instance, would give $71.3 million to Visit Florida, the state's...
  • Leaders due praise for crackdown on predators: Editorial

    Plenty of people deserve credit for the four bills signed this past week by Gov. Rick Scott to make Florida safer from repeat child molesters and rapists. Let's start with the leaders of the Florida Legislature, who get criticized plenty, including on...
  • Five questions for Jesse Panuccio

    Jesse Panuccio joined the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as executive director in January 2013. He had been the general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, managing the legal affairs of Scott's office and coordinating litigation and legal policy...
  • Give cities some say on vacation rentals

    Give cities some say on vacation rentals
    If you live next to someone who rents their home as a vacation property, you know the nuisance. "It's noise, it's traffic, it's parking, it's sanitation," says Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman. "Basically, it's the commercialization of...
  • Senate panel approves new scholarship plan for disabled students

    Senate panel approves new scholarship plan for disabled students
    A new scholarship program that would allow students with significant disabilities to attend private school or access private services won approval from a Florida Senate budget panel today. The revised version of the bill creates a new choice option for...
  • Oppose bill that exposes kids to tobacco

    A bill being considered by the Florida Legislature should incite parents and public health supporters to action. House Bill 169 started out as a bill that would prohibit the sale of nicotine-dispensing devices, commonly known as e-cigarettes, to minors....
  • NRA keeps pulling strings of lawmakers

    The last time you voted for a state lawmaker, did you see anybody on the ballot from the National Rifle Association Party? We didn't think so. Yet because of the NRA's outsized influence, the Florida Legislature every year passes laws designed to make...
  • Beach funding goes down to the wire

    Beaches are critical to Florida's economy, especially Broward County where they attract more than 13 million visitors a year. So it's deeply troubling to learn the Florida House has no money in its budget to restore beaches from Pompano Beach to Port...
  • Reggie Garcia: Let the deaf be heard

    For Florida's three million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration. The failure to accommodate...
  • Florida's housing programs need all trust-fund revenue

    Florida's housing programs need all trust-fund revenue
    Last week, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released its Out of Reach report, a national report card on the housing wage — how much a family needs to earn to afford the fair-market rent in a given jurisdiction. For the Orlando area, the...