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  • 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...
  • Lawmakers alter testing exemption plan for disabled students

    Lawmakers alter testing exemption plan for disabled students
    The Florida Senate this week altered a proposed plan that would have made it simpler for severely disabled students to skip state testing. The change has upset Ethan Rediske's mother, Andrea. The Orlando mother has been fighting to make testing exemptions...
  • Craig Weiner: Young people can learn lessons from Holocaust

    In 1994, the Florida Legislature passed the Holocaust Education Bill mandating Holocaust Education be taught in our schools so that students can learn what happens from prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. They wanted students to know what it means to...
  • Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards

    Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards
    Legislative efforts to halt Common Core in Florida seem to be going nowhere. And that's prompted Common Core foes to issue a "mayday" this week, seeking help from across the nation. "Florida needs your help," read the email sent from Laura Zorc, co-...
  • Florida lawmakers approve warning shots bill

    TALLAHASSEE — Floridians could fire warning shots or display a weapon in self defense under a bill approved by the Florida Legislature on Thursday, a substantial expansion of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. The measure now...