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  • 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-...
  • Senate re-kindles school voucher debate

    Senate re-kindles school voucher debate
    TALLAHASSEE -- With just days left before calling it quits, the Florida Senate is reviving debate over whether to allow the state's main school-voucher program to grow its enrollment base in exchange for stronger accountability of students and...
  • Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet

    Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet
    TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects. With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
  • Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again

    Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again
    Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so. Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston, said...
  • Seminole educators ask Scott to fix "nonsensical" testing requirements for new "scholar" diploma

    Seminole educators ask Scott to fix "nonsensical" testing requirements for new "scholar" diploma
    Seminole County school leaders pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott this week to fix Florida's confusing "scholar" diploma rules and the resulting "senseless retroactive testing" of students. In a letter sent this week, they asked him to exempt this year's...
  • 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...