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  • State senators revive, advance immigrant-tuition bill

    State senators revive, advance immigrant-tuition bill
    A senator’s controversial, presumed-dead quest to secure in-state college tuition for students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally rose from the ashes Wednesday. Under the measure, undocumented students would be eligible to compete...
  • Bill that would overhaul Florida state pensions fizzles

    Bill that would overhaul Florida state pensions fizzles
    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-...
  • Senate sponsor sidelines emergency-evacuation gun bill

    Senate sponsor sidelines emergency-evacuation gun bill
    A bill that would allow gunowers legally to pack a concealed firewarm without a permit during mandatory evacuations was halted after more than an hour of Senate debate Thursday. Senate sponsor Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, requested the bill’s...
  • Controversial immigrant-tuition bill gets Senate approval

    Controversial immigrant-tuition bill gets Senate approval
    In a landmark move for undocumented students, state senators agreed to make discounted in-state college tuition rates available to them. “I really believe in what we’re doing here,” the bills sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater,...
  • Gambling action back in play

    Gambling action back in play
    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...
  • Joe Negron on Senate presidency, not running for Congress and partisan sniping

    Joe Negron on Senate presidency, not running for Congress and partisan sniping
    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,...
  • Latvala targets local pols living outside their districts

    Latvala targets local pols living outside their districts
    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...
  • Senate could push for quicker stadium incentive review

    Senate could push for quicker stadium incentive review
    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. The...
  • Gaetz, Weatherford want more ethics reform, including residency requirements for lawmakers

    Gaetz, Weatherford want more ethics reform, including residency requirements for lawmakers
    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...
  • Tuesday Morning Reads: House Dems, lobbyist audits and Internet cafes

    TALLAHASSEE -- Good morning and happy Tuesday. Here's what we're reading this morning.   * Orlando Sentinel reports that the stae is retreating from Common Core exams being developed by PARCC in favor of a Florida-designed assessment.   * Sun...
  • Republican legislative candidates maneuvering in leadership races

     
    It’s the one vote that candidates for the Florida Legislature can cast even before they are elected: Whom to support for the powerful posts of speaker of the House or president of the Senate. And some of the Republican candidates in Central Florida&...
  • Latvala versus Cannon on lobbying revolving doors

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A key component of the ethics package the Senate workshopped Tuesday takes aim at a common occurance in state politics: the revolving-door that sees formerly powerful lawmakers return to the Capitol as high-priced lobbyists soon...