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  • Too flawed to fix, outdated mandate should be repealed

    Too flawed to fix, outdated mandate should be repealed
    It takes a flawed policy to inspire criticism from such diverse industry and consumer groups as the oil and natural gas industry, restaurant and grocer associations, automobile manufacturers and producers of poultry, pork and beef. Yet the damage caused...
  • Patients speed through recovery at new rehab center

    Patients speed through recovery at new rehab center
    A 101-year-old man fell at his home in Palm Beach, and doctors said he would never walk again. They were wrong — he is walking thanks to a new $30 million, short-term rehabilitation therapy facility in West Palm Beach. The nonprofit MorseLife...
  • Florida's mental-health spending lags most of nation's

    Florida's mental-health spending lags most of nation's
    Several times each year, state money that pays for psychiatric drugs for poor people runs out in Orange County. In Osceola, where residents face long waits for outpatient help, the mental-health crisis unit is often filled well beyond capacity. And in...
  • Legislature ready to keep rolling back Florida growth-management rules

    Legislature ready to keep rolling back Florida growth-management rules
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is poised to press ahead with its four-year push to dismantle state growth-management rules. The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a bill Thursday which exempts seven new counties and 20 cities from a...
  • Clout Street: Senate's 53 budget amendments spread the love

    Clout Street: Senate's 53 budget amendments spread the love
    TALLAHASSEE -- Even with term-limits and greater budget constraints, the Florida Legislature is still clout street when it comes to doling out tax dollars. That reality was on display Thursday when the Senate Appropriations Committee took up its $74.9...
  • Chan Lowe: Fire away in your own backyard shooting range!

    Chan Lowe: Fire away in your own backyard shooting range!
    I know this defies credibility, but here in the Sunshine State you have carte blanche to set up your own backyard shooting range — whether your spread is a rural acreage up in the Panhandle, or a zero-lot-line tract home in urban South Florida....
  • Florida is a million miles from Medicaid expansion

    Florida is a million miles from Medicaid expansion
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida's lawmaking session is early, but the odds are long the state will join half the nation that has embraced President Barack Obama's optional expansion of Medicaid. That means debates will live on over how to deal with nearly...
  • Bright House exec named to state Board of Education

    Bright House exec named to state Board of Education
    Marva Johnson, an executive at Bright House Networks, has been appointed to the state Board of Education by Gov. Rick Scott.   Johnson, 44, of Winter Garden, is a corporate vice president at Bright House and a board member for the Central Florida...
  • Chan Lowe: More gun fun from the Florida Legislature

    Chan Lowe: More gun fun from the Florida Legislature
    It grieves me to say this, but I have developed a grudging admiration for the Florida Legislature’s creativity. When it comes to promoting the dissemination of firearms throughout the Sunshine State, our representatives in Tallahassee have left no...
  • Lawmakers answer "What's going on at the state Capitol that constituents should know?"

    Lawmakers answer "What's going on at the state Capitol that constituents should know?"
    Legalizing warning shots, gambling regulation, making it easier to obtain flood insurance, expanding school vouchers, not to mention the one thing state lawmakers are required to do, approve a state budget -- this year’s session of the Florida...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Campbell: Compulsive gambling gets short shrift in big debate

    The Spectrum Gaming Group's report was limited due to the areas requested for examination by the Florida Legislature. As such, there are aspects relating to problem and compulsive gambling that were either not addressed or were reviewed on a limited...