| Apr 30, 2014
| 2:58 PM
An unpopular effort to alter the state’s retirement system seemingly died in the Senate Wednesday.
Senators momentarily advanced a House bill (HB 7181) that had merged controversial changes to the Florida Retirement System plan with a less-...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 4:01 PM
"We have a saying in the Legislature – common sense has no lobbyist," Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Leon, told me a few months ago.
With that in mind, here's my shot at lobbying for common sense as I consider what the 2014 Legislature has...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:02 PM
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...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:31 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's 2,000-plus lobbyists will have another year to get their paperwork in order before the state Legislature launches long-delayed audits of their lucrative pay days.
A Joint Legislative Auditing Committee on Monday approved draft...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Frustrated Florida lawmakers questioned the head of the state’s jobs agency Wednesday over the state’s problem-plagued unemployment benefits system.
One lawmaker suggested Florida should "freeze out" the company that...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:03 PM
In another ripple effect from Florida Atlantic University's moves to select a new president, state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, is thinking about running for state chief financial officer this year.
"It's certainly way too early to rule it out. I've...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 7:51 AM
A South Florida Democrat on Monday filed a proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 756) that would require the lieutenant governor to head a state department or agency.
State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, filed the proposal after Gov. Rick Scott left the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:07 AM
State Rep. Jim Waldman has one pretty clear message regarding his 2016 candidacy for Florida Senate: Everyone’s behind me, so nobody else ought to bother running.
(Memo to former State Sen. Skip Campbell, who held the seat until he was forced from...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:35 PM
By Brandon Larabee, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Senators looking into the state's efforts to make budget information available online are expressing skepticism about Transparency 2.0, a site developed under a $5.5 million no-bid...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:36 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Senate Democrats are asking Gov. Rick Scott to call on governors in other states to form a multi-state property insurance effort that they say would spread risk and therefore reduce rates. “Florida cannot do this alone,”...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 4:35 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Here's a formula for defusing the Florida Legislature's public squeamishness this year over its historic pattern of awarding major tax breaks to major corporations: wrap it in sports, space or national defense. A Senate committee...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
— Two opponents who have served together as community volunteers are vying for the same commission seat in the March 12 special election.
Christine Hunschofsky and Nancy Schwamb Robeson are seeking the District 2 seat, previously held by Jared...