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  • 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...
  • Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate

    Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate
    Epileptic children who suffer from debilitating seizures would be able to legally turn to a non-smokable, low-THC variety of medical marijuana for relief under a measure given final approval by state senators Monday. Named after a Colorado child, the...
  • Let school districts handle textbook purchases, lawmakers say (No thanks, districts respond)

    Let school districts handle textbook purchases, lawmakers say (No thanks, districts respond)
    A push to "maximize local control" would mean local school districts would decide which textbooks to buy for every class taught in its schools. That's a time-consuming and expensive task that Florida's school systems say they don't want -- but the Florida...
  • Jeb Bush raps federal lawmakers for inaction on immigration

    Jeb Bush raps federal lawmakers for inaction on immigration
    After the Florida House on Friday gave final approval to a bill granting in-state tuition to the children of some immigrants in the country illegally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush used the occasion to criticize Washington lawmakers — including...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • State senators advance controversial 'anti-Sharia' bill

    State senators advance controversial 'anti-Sharia' bill
    A controversial measure dubbed an “anti-Sharia bill” advanced out of the Florida Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, touted SB 286 as “an American bill.” It would restrict judges...
  • For second year, Enterprise Florida can't spend all the taxpayer cash it gets

    For second year, Enterprise Florida can't spend all the taxpayer cash it gets
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers are beefing up the cash for Gov. Rick Scott to dole out to companies willing to re-locate or create new jobs here. But the governor’s jobs agencies in charge of closing those deals couldn’t spend more...
  • Beer, bud and budgets: Florida Legislature taking most of its thorny issues into the final innings

    Beer, bud and budgets: Florida Legislature taking most of its thorny issues into the final innings
    TALLAHASSEE -- Good times or bad, the Florida Legislature has historically made a habit of slow-rolling its most cantankerous issues. Although passing a budget is all they're constitutionally required to accomplish by May 2 -- and they had a $1.3...
  • 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,...
  • Lawmakers to consider "collegiate high schools," where 12th graders can earn year of college credit

    Lawmakers to consider "collegiate high schools," where 12th graders can earn year of college credit
    Florida's high school seniors could attend "collegiate high school" programs -- and earn up to a year of college credit -- under a bill proposed in the Florida Senate. The suggested program seems similar to current dual enrollment programs (offered by...