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The Tampa Tribune
Lawmakers advance Hillsborough-only ride-share billTALLAHASSEE — A House committee advanced a bill that would give Hillsborough Co
Lawmakers advance Hillsborough-only ride-share bill
The Tampa Tribune / Posted yesterday
TALLAHASSEE — A House committee advanced a bill that would give Hillsborough County regulatory powers over ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, but the measure could be dead on arrival in the Senate over disagreements on background checks and... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
House, Senate begin discussing their respective spending plansTALLAHASSEE — With a gap of nearly $1 billion, the House and Senate began discu
House, Senate begin discussing their respective spending plans
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 2 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — With a gap of nearly $1 billion, the House and Senate began discussing separate spending plans Wednesday that vastly differ from Gov. Rick Scott’s requests for $1 billion in tax cuts and $250 million in economic incentives to attract... Read more
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Naples Daily News
House, Senate discuss separate budgets that are nearly $1 billion apartTALLAHASSEE — With a gap of nearly $1 billion, the House and Senate began Wedne
House, Senate discuss separate budgets that are nearly $1 billion apart
Naples Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — With a gap of nearly $1 billion, the House and Senate began Wednesday discussing their separate spending plans that are vastly different from Gov. Rick Scott's requests for $1 billion in tax cuts and $250 million in economic incentives... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Bill letting Hillsborough regulate ride-hail companies moves forwardA bill that would give the Hillsborough County exclusive control over regulatin
Bill letting Hillsborough regulate ride-hail companies moves forward
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 2 days ago
A bill that would give the Hillsborough County exclusive control over regulating ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was reported favorably by the House Economic Affairs Committee -- but may be nullified by another bill approved by the House... Read more
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Columbia County Observer
Legislature Working Hard to Keep Citizens in the Dark Posted Feb. 10, 2016 06:45 am | Op-Ed OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – They call us th
Legislature Working Hard to Keep Citizens in the Dark
Columbia County Observer / Posted 3 days ago
Posted Feb. 10, 2016 06:45 am | Op-Ed OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – They call us the Sunshine State, but Florida’s government prefers to operate in the shadows. Like vampire bats, cockroaches and mold... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Tyndall Air Force Base off of potential refugee housing list for DODPANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) -- A month after being considered, Tyndall Air For
Tyndall Air Force Base off of potential refugee housing list for DOD
WJHG Panama City / Posted 3 days ago
PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) -- A month after being considered, Tyndall Air Force Base is off the list of potential Department of Defense installations that would house immigrant children. The news comes via an email between State Representative Jay... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Tyndall Air Force Base off of potential refugee housing list for DODPANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) -- A month after being considered, Tyndall Air For
Tyndall Air Force Base off of potential refugee housing list for DOD
WJHG Panama City / Posted 3 days ago
PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) -- A month after being considered, Tyndall Air Force Base is off the list of potential Department of Defense installations that would house immigrant children. The news comes via an email between State Representative Jay... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Senate approaches tax cuts one piece at a timeTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Senate, which has yet to settle on a bottom-line figure
Senate approaches tax cuts one piece at a time
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 3 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Senate, which has yet to settle on a bottom-line figure for tax cuts, continues to review potential revenue reductions one piece at a time. Senators are looking at the issue as Gov. Rick Scott calls for more than $1 billion... Read more
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Naples Daily News
Lawmakers take aim at Uber, Lyft, other ride-sharing companies in competing billsTALLAHASSEE — The latest challenge to Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing compani
Lawmakers take aim at Uber, Lyft, other ride-sharing companies in competing bills
Naples Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — The latest challenge to Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies in Florida comes down to insurance for their drivers. On Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss SB 1118 by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
open carry, death penalty, marijuanaSenate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla may not bring up a controv
open carry, death penalty, marijuana
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 4 days ago
Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla may not bring up a controversial open-carry gun measure in his committee during this year’s legislative session. The move would effectively stop the proposal (SB 300), which is backed by Second... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
House members back pot for terminal patientsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Continuing to consider how many nurseries should take part
House members back pot for terminal patients
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 4 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Continuing to consider how many nurseries should take part in the industry, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would allow patients with terminal illnesses to legally use medical marijuana. The House Health Care... Read more
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The Huffington Post
This Is Why Every College Is Talking About Bystander InterventionWhen it comes to one of the nation's most widely-used college sexual assault pr
This Is Why Every College Is Talking About Bystander Intervention
The Huffington Post / Posted 4 days ago
When it comes to one of the nation's most widely-used college sexual assault prevention programs, Greg Liautaud lives its teachings, literally. A junior at Connecticut College, Liautaud and sophomore Matt Gaetz have made themselves the resident... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Insurance differences stall progress on ride-hail regulationTALLAHASSEE – Mind the insurance gap. The biggest roadblock in passing what is
Insurance differences stall progress on ride-hail regulation
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 4 days ago
TALLAHASSEE – Mind the insurance gap. The biggest roadblock in passing what is being touted as a major piece of consumer protection legislation is the difference in the amount of insurance being required of ride-hail companies like Lyft and Uber in... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Taxpayers and the TDCI read with extreme interest the Jan. 26 article, “Bill would allow bed tax to
Taxpayers and the TDC
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
I read with extreme interest the Jan. 26 article, “Bill would allow bed tax to pay for law enforcement.” “Allow” is not the right action word, “demand” would be more appropriate for our situation.The point is the TDC is not paying their own way by... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Plan to save our native fisheryThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spent $400K of taxpayers’
Plan to save our native fishery
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spent $400K of taxpayers’ money in two years on the lionfish crisis, and yet, the problem has gotten worse, not better. Without effective population control, our fishery may collapse causing... Read more
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The St. Augustine Record
Carl Hiaasen: Fantasy sports betting big on the legislatureThe red-light district that masquerades as the Capitol building in Tallahassee
Carl Hiaasen: Fantasy sports betting big on the legislature
The St. Augustine Record / Posted 7 days ago
The red-light district that masquerades as the Capitol building in Tallahassee is bustling as always with the Legislature in session. It’s the annual festival of whores, when many Florida lawmakers sell out and roll over for high-rolling special... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Tourism industry pushes back against bed tax for public safetyTALLAHASSEE — For the first time ever, tourism tax money could be used to pay f
Tourism industry pushes back against bed tax for public safety
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 7 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — For the first time ever, tourism tax money could be used to pay for public safety expenses under a bill being considered in the Legislature. The tourism industry steadfastly opposes the move and has defeated similar measures in the... Read more
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Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser
House backs gun bills, but 'trouble' ahead in Senate TALLAHASSEE - After more than three hours of debate - with most Republicans i
House backs gun bills, but 'trouble' ahead in Senate
Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser / Posted 8 days ago
TALLAHASSEE - After more than three hours of debate - with most Republicans in favor and nearly all Democrats opposed - the House approved a pair of controversial gun-related measures Wednesday... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Lawmakers discuss concealed carry, open carry billsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Desk) - There have been no shortage of argumen
Lawmakers discuss concealed carry, open carry bills
WJHG Panama City / Posted 8 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Desk) - There have been no shortage of arguments on both sides of a heated back and forth debate on new gun legislation in the state. Thee fates of both the "Campus Carry" and "Open Carry" bills may already be... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Gun bills pass the Florida HouseThe Florida House has passed this session's two marquee gun bills, one that all
Gun bills pass the Florida House
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 9 days ago
The Florida House has passed this session's two marquee gun bills, one that allows concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapons on college campuses, and another that allows them to openly carry them. But concealed carry permit holders... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Tax cuts advance as Democrats take a walkTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A nearly $1 billion tax-cut package is ready to go to the H
Tax cuts advance as Democrats take a walk
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 9 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A nearly $1 billion tax-cut package is ready to go to the House floor after getting backed Wednesday --- without Democrats voting --- by a key committee. Democratic members of the Finance & Tax Committee walked out before the... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Florida House aims to approve open-carry billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people wit
Florida House aims to approve open-carry bill
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 9 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry sidearms in most public places. And in preparing the bill late Tuesday for a final vote, the House voted 72-43 to tack on an... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
The great Marco Rubio third-place victory≥140 CHARACTER HOT TAKE: And 18 of them are amendments by bill sponsor state Re
The great Marco Rubio third-place victory
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 10 days ago
≥140 CHARACTER HOT TAKE: And 18 of them are amendments by bill sponsor state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, many addressing concerns raised in Democratic amendments. Kudos to Gaetz for not just ignoring Dems and relying on massive GOP majority... Read more
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Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser
Choosing sides: A recap and analysis of the week in state government TALLAHASSEE - This is the part of the legislative session where the House and
Choosing sides: A recap and analysis of the week in state government
Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser / Posted 11 days ago
TALLAHASSEE - This is the part of the legislative session where the House and the Senate's honeymoon --- especially one as dubious as this year's --- begins to face its first... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Florida Legislature 2016: gun bills, Devaughn Darling claims billAmid controversy about gun bills, Gov. Rick Scott said the way Florida addresse
Florida Legislature 2016: gun bills, Devaughn Darling claims bill
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 14 days ago
Amid controversy about gun bills, Gov. Rick Scott said the way Florida addresses ownership and possession of firearms hasn’t been an issue when he recruits out-of-state companies. “You can’t remember every conversation you’ve had, but I don’t think... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Senate passes stand your ground expansion, gun billsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's "stand your ground" law would be expanded to
Senate passes stand your ground expansion, gun bills
WJHG Panama City / Posted 14 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's "stand your ground" law would be expanded to give more protection to people using the self-defense claim under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday despite objections from Democrats who argued it could allow... Read more
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Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser
Open-carry, Stand-your-ground measures headed to House floor TALLAHASSEE - Three gun-related measures --- including an open-carry proposal
Open-carry, Stand-your-ground measures headed to House floor
Washington County News / Holmes County Times-Advertiser / Posted 14 days ago
TALLAHASSEE - Three gun-related measures --- including an open-carry proposal and another that would change the burden of proof in the state's "stand your ground" law --- are headed to the... Read more
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Jacksonville Daily Record
Key gun bills head to House floorFriday, January 29, 10:19 AM EST A proposal that would let the nearly 1.5 mill
Key gun bills head to House floor
Jacksonville Daily Record / Posted 14 days ago
Friday, January 29, 10:19 AM EST A proposal that would let the nearly 1.5 million people in Florida with concealed-weapons licenses openly display firearms in public received a thumbs-up at its final committee stop on Thursday. Later in the day, the... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Open-carry, stand-your-ground bills pass SenateTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three gun-related measures -- including an open-carry propo
Open-carry, stand-your-ground bills pass Senate
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 14 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three gun-related measures -- including an open-carry proposal and another that would change the burden of proof in the state's "stand your ground" law -- are headed to the House floor for a full vote. A proposal that would let... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Fla. Senate passes stand your ground expansion, gun billsTALLAHASSEE – Florida’s “stand your ground” law would be expanded to give more
Fla. Senate passes stand your ground expansion, gun bills
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 15 days ago
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s “stand your ground” law would be expanded to give more protection to people using the self-defense claim under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday despite objections from Democrats who argued it could allow killers to walk... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
South Florida politicians, police rally against gun billsIt was a show of South Florida disapproval for a bill that would allow nearly 1
South Florida politicians, police rally against gun bills
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 15 days ago
It was a show of South Florida disapproval for a bill that would allow nearly 1.5 million Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry their firearms rather than having to keep them hidden. But the bill, one of several gun proposals to be... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
House tax-cut package: Too much or not enough?TALLAHASSEE — Several House Democrats expressed apprehension Wednesday about a
House tax-cut package: Too much or not enough?
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 16 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — Several House Democrats expressed apprehension Wednesday about a nearly $1 billion tax-cut package that Republican leaders unveiled this week. Some of the same members also pitched additional items — lifting the sales tax on bear-proof... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Uber bill still has long way to goTALLAHASSEE -- Uber and Lyft lobbyists are hailing the 108-10 passage of a Flor
Uber bill still has long way to go
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 16 days ago
TALLAHASSEE -- Uber and Lyft lobbyists are hailing the 108-10 passage of a Florida House version of a bill to take local control of ride-hailing companies away from local governments, but they still have a difficult road ahead with the Senate. Soon... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Fantasy sports bills advance through House, Senate committeesTALLAHASSEE | While officials in some other states try to shut down the games,
Fantasy sports bills advance through House, Senate committees
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 16 days ago
TALLAHASSEE | While officials in some other states try to shut down the games, Florida legislators are speedily moving measures that would shield the daily fantasy sports industry from the state’s gambling laws. House and Senate committees Wednesday... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Lawmakers give nod to fantasy sports industryTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While officials in some other states try to shut down the g
Lawmakers give nod to fantasy sports industry
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 16 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While officials in some other states try to shut down the games, Florida legislators are speedily moving measures that would shield the daily fantasy sports industry from the state's gambling laws. House and Senate committees... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
House promises nearly $1 billion in tax cutsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that
House promises nearly $1 billion in tax cuts
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 17 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that falls just short of Gov. Rick Scott's request for more than $1 billion in mostly business-friendly relief. A draft of the proposal, slated for discussion by the House... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
House proposes nearly $1 billion in tax cutsTALLAHASSEE — The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that falls
House proposes nearly $1 billion in tax cuts
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 17 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that falls just short of Gov. Rick Scott’s request for more than $1 billion in mostly business-friendly relief. A draft of the proposal, slated for discussion by the House Finance &... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
House proposes nearly $1 billion in tax cutsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that
House proposes nearly $1 billion in tax cuts
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 17 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The House is proposing a wide-ranging tax cut package that falls just short of Gov. Rick Scott's request for more than $1 billion in mostly business-friendly relief. A draft of the proposal, slated for discussion by the House... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Lawmakers debate regulations for fracking in FloridaTALLAHASSEE - Fracking, the process of drilling and using chemicals to extract
Lawmakers debate regulations for fracking in Florida
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 17 days ago
TALLAHASSEE - Fracking, the process of drilling and using chemicals to extract natural gas, could become more common in Florida during the coming years. A local representative's bill would set statewide regulations for the process and has made it to... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Buckhorn joins foes of open weapons carrying, calls bill ‘absurd’TAMPA — Gun owners can openly carry their weapons in plain sight in 45 states.
Buckhorn joins foes of open weapons carrying, calls bill ‘absurd’
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 18 days ago
TAMPA — Gun owners can openly carry their weapons in plain sight in 45 states. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn does not want Florida to be the next. Buckhorn, who owns two handguns and a rifle, joined the League of Women Voters of Florida, State attorney... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Drilling, Uber on Florida House's agendaThe House is expected Tuesday to take up controversial bills about regulations
Drilling, Uber on Florida House's agenda
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 19 days ago
The House is expected Tuesday to take up controversial bills about regulations dealing with oil and gas drilling and app-based transportation services such Uber and Lyft. The bills were included in what is known as a “special order calendar,” which... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Bill Would Increase Tobacco Tax in FloridaBy: Matt GalkaJanuary 21, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than 100,000 Floridia
Bill Would Increase Tobacco Tax in Florida
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 22 days ago
By: Matt GalkaJanuary 21, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than 100,000 Floridians are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in just this coming year. Advocates fighting the disease say those rates can be cut if the state charges more for... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Advocates fighting cancer push to raise tobacco taxesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - More than 100,000 Floridians are estimated to be diagnosed
Advocates fighting cancer push to raise tobacco taxes
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 22 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - More than 100,000 Floridians are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in just this coming year. Advocates fighting the disease said we can cut into those rates if the state charges more for cigarettes. The Legislature last... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Senate leader kills bill allowing concealed weapons on campusTALLAHASSEE — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee shot down a bill T
Senate leader kills bill allowing concealed weapons on campus
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 22 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry a gun on Florida college and university campuses — a move that makes it harder for advocates to pass the... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Ponder wins Island straw pollOKALOOSA ISLAND — Iowa has its caucus and Okaloosa Island has its straw poll.Fo
Ponder wins Island straw poll
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 23 days ago
OKALOOSA ISLAND — Iowa has its caucus and Okaloosa Island has its straw poll.Following a forum featuring five Republican candidates for the state House District 4 seat left behind by Matt Gaetz, a straw poll was conducted to, in theory, determine... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
House, Senate split on insurance Uber, Lyft must provideTALLAHASSEE — The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has approved a bill th
House, Senate split on insurance Uber, Lyft must provide
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 24 days ago
TALLAHASSEE — The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has approved a bill that would provide statewide insurance standards for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies that use smart phone apps to summon drivers for hire. Senate Bill 1118,... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
DraftKings, FanDuel could come under state regulationOn the first day of the Florida legislative session, a House panel has approved
DraftKings, FanDuel could come under state regulation
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 25 days ago
On the first day of the Florida legislative session, a House panel has approved a bill that would regulate fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The bill, filed by state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, would exempt these... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Fantasy sports leagues: Are they forms of gambling?TALLAHASSEE Lost amid the gambling discussions between the Seminole tribe and t
Fantasy sports leagues: Are they forms of gambling?
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 25 days ago
TALLAHASSEE Lost amid the gambling discussions between the Seminole tribe and the state is the Legislature's attempt to regulate online fantasy sports leagues. But first, lawmakers have to answer a big question: Are participants in such leagues... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Bartlett pre-files for District 4 House SeatA top Okaloosa Republican Party officer is the most recent person to enter the
Bartlett pre-files for District 4 House Seat
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 25 days ago
A top Okaloosa Republican Party officer is the most recent person to enter the race for the District 4 State House seat.Laurie Bartlett, vice chairman of the Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee, announced her campaign Monday.“Like so many... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
House tax-cut plan includes back-to-school sales-tax holidayTALLAHASSEE | The House intends to offer a $1 billion tax-cut package that incl
House tax-cut plan includes back-to-school sales-tax holiday
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 29 days ago
TALLAHASSEE | The House intends to offer a $1 billion tax-cut package that includes Gov. Rick Scott’s call to reduce a tax on commercial leases and holding a back-to-school sales tax “holiday.” The package might also include lifting sales taxes for... Read more
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