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  • House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers

    House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers
    TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida House deeply divided on ideological grounds voted Thursday to open the door to allow some illegal immigrants who have lived in the country long enough to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar. House Speaker Will Weatherford,...
  • Voucher bill slated for Senate vote as education advocacy groups urge defeat

    Voucher bill slated for Senate vote as education advocacy groups urge defeat
    A bill that expands Florida's Tax-Credit Scholarship program -- which provides kids from low-income families scholarship vouchers they use to attend private school -- likely will get a vote today in the Florida Senate. A collection of advocacy groups,...
  • Florida bill granting in-state tuition to immigrants clears hurdle

    The Florida Senate passed legislation Thursday that would allow the children of immigrants in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition rates to state colleges, clearing an election year hurdle for Gov. Rick Scott as he makes an aggressive pitch for...
  • Stadium bill clears the Florida Legislature

    Stadium bill clears the Florida Legislature
    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a plan to force future sports stadium projects to jockey against each other when they come to the Legislature seeking taxpayer subsidies. The bill, HB 7095, passed by an 89-27 vote and has...
  • Legislature sends governor in-state tuition bill for undocumented students

    Legislature sends governor in-state tuition bill for undocumented students
    TALLAHASSEE – In a dramatic shift of policy, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a measure Friday granting discounted tuition rates to the children of illegal immigrants. The bill would grant in-state tuition rates to thousands of...
  • Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a low-grade medical marijuana bill

    Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a low-grade medical marijuana bill
    TALLAHASSEE – On the final day of session, the Florida Senate sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan to legalize a low-THC version of medical marijuana that could be used by cancer patients and children with degenerative seizures. Scott has already pledged...
  • Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott

    Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott
    Compassion won out over rhetorical resistance when lawmakers in the final hours of the final day of the state’s annual legislative session agreed to allow some illegal immigrants to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar. The matter now goes...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Don't allow teachers to carry guns at school

    MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
  • DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May

    DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May
    Gov. Rick Scott last year used a visit to an Orange County school to announce plans to give Florida teachers raises. He returned to to the same campus on "victory tour" a few months later, touting the money the Florida Legislature had earmarked...
  • Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote

    Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote
    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature. Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...