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  • Bills would enhance assisted-living care: My Word

    As Florida's baby boomers continue to age, it's more important than ever that lawmakers pass important assisted-living-facility reforms this session. The forecast for the year 2020 shows people older than 60 will represent 55 percent of Florida's...
  • Lawmakers write state budget with something for nearly everyone

    Lawmakers write state budget with something for nearly everyone
    TALLAHASSEE — Shoppers and motorists will make out as big winners in the Florida Legislature's push during the next six weeks to stretch extra taxpayer dollars to affect the greatest number of people. But businesses could also reap the benefits...
  • Beer war shows power of big donors

     Beer war shows power of big donors
    For a great example of how big-time political donors secure a return on investment in Tallahassee, look no further than the effort by craft beer makers to sell their brew in half-gallon-sized "growlers." Craft beer is a booming business in Florida,...
  • Local breweries air gripes on "growler" bill

    Local breweries air gripes on "growler" bill
    If you haven't heard of House Bill 1329 yet, you probably haven't bellied up to the bar at a local brewery or brewpub lately. There's been a lot of noise about the proposed "growler" bill currently making headway through the Florida House, and not all...
  • Cary Pigman: Pass bill allowing APRNs to have more privileges

    As an emergency medicine physician and member of the Florida Legislature, I believe I have a unique perspective on how — and in what fashion — we can work to improve our health care delivery system and the regulatory framework it operates...
  • Private schools, jobless pay and SunRail: Letters

    Thursday night I had to ask myself how I, a dedicated proponent of all things liberal, came to be sitting in the audience at the Rollins College Alfond Sports Center listening to Jeb Bush, the poster boy of all things conservative? But there I was,...
  • Emmett Reed: Nursing home legislation will protect key resources

    We all want our loved ones to get the very best care when they no longer can live on their own and instead need the care that only a nursing home can provide.  This year, Florida has the opportunity to pass legislation that helps accomplish just that....
  • Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a $400 million tax cut

    Florida Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a $400 million tax cut
    TALLAHASSEE -- Most Florida drivers will start seeing a $25 break on the vehicle registration fees in September under a tax-cut plan the Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The tax cut is the biggest piece of the Republican governor's...
  • Senate abandons plans to expand school vouchers this year

    Senate abandons plans to expand school vouchers this year
    TALLAHASSEE -- In a row over testing for private school voucher students, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz said Thursday that chamber was done considering a top House priority to expand the state's voucher program this year. House Speaker Will...
  • Don't use sales-tax revenues to fund religious ideology

    Don't use sales-tax revenues to fund religious ideology
    Florida politicians are at it again. Aided by a high-priced team of lobbyists, they are fast-tracking the passage of the largest expansion of private religious-school vouchers in state history. And they're sticking taxpayers with the $2 billion tab....
  • Jeffrey Dwyer and Emilio Benitez: Invest in child welfare case managers

    Those of us who work in child welfare are part of a complex and difficult profession where traumatized children and their families come to our attention every day. We work diligently to ensure safety and stability. But sadly sometimes tragedy strikes...
  • Another way to help our kids, pass medical marijuana law

    Our younger daughter Rebecca has severe disabilities. Despite all of her challenges, it's her uncontrollable seizures that take a life-threatening toll on her daily. Many states have legalized the oil extracted from buzz-free medical marijuana, which has...