| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:00 PM
People for decades have flocked to Florida. Many envision opportunity along streets of gold, warmed by eternal sunshine. Yet, gobsmacked by the global economic crash and the plodding recovery, rising numbers of Floridians have learned, sadly, life on...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:32 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida senators are working on a deal to allow Orlando’s soccer stadium to compete for state dollars as soon as this summer without requiring the Legislature to later sign off on the $2 million annual tax break.
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:43 PM
TALLAHASSEE – The Legislature could be cracking down on politicians who opt to run for office without ever moving into the cities, counties or even school districts they represent.
The Senate’s Ethics and Elections Committee on Monday passed...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 6:48 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and Florida legislators will be in a giving mood when they start their annual 60-day lawmaking session Tuesday.
With an election in November and a projected $1.3 billion budget surplus, Republican leaders in the House...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Here are some quick takes from state Sen. Joe Negron, who was in Fort Lauderdale this week to speak to Broward Days, the organization that brings business and government together to advocate for the county in Tallahassee.
Negron, a Stuart Republican,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Call it a matter of fairness, which is the best explanation of all.
Call it a matter of Florida lawmakers realizing they are turning their backs on some of the state's best resources.
Call it a matter of political expediency, with Florida...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:37 PM
Florida's dalliance with Las Vegas-style casinos is back on, with a state leader saying he'll propose a bill next week.
Garrett Richter, chairman of the Senate Committee on Gaming, said Monday that he favors destination resorts in Broward and Miami-Dade...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:09 PM
TALLAHASSEE — As thousands of coastal residents worry about higher flood-insurance rates, an effort to attract more private insurers to offer flood coverage in Florida may be headed back to the Senate committee drawing board.
After concerns were...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 6:20 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers are once again taking a stab at reforming the state’s Prohibition-era ban on half-gallon beer “growlers” and beer-tastings.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee advanced a bill (SB 470), which...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:23 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House and Senate leaders said Wednesday they want to further tighten ethics laws on lawmakers and lobbyists, including rules to make certain legislators were living in their districts.
Last year, the Legislature passed a major ethics...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 8:16 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A lawmaker said Thursday that as many as 10 percent of his co-workers in the Florida Legislature probably don't live in the districts they represent.
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, is pushing a bill this year that would impose a...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:24 AM
Eric Eisnaugle, the Orlando Republican who is widely believed to be running for speaker of the Florida House of Representatives even before he is elected to office, is getting a helping hand from Mickey Mouse.
New election records show that Walt...