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The Palm Beach Post
Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposalsby the public, out of more than 2,000 proposals submitted after a series of pub
The Palm Beach Post / Posted yesterday
by the public, out of more than 2,000 proposals submitted after a series of public hearings earlier this year. RELATED: Florida Legislature news CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff defended the process, saying the advancement of the six proposals is... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Central Florida school boards seek class-size waivers, other help after hurricanesgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted yesterday
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
President John Hitt touts opportunities, growth at UCFgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 2 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Online voter registration form may violate law that created it, elections chief saysvoter registration at the beginning of October. The online registration system
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 2 days ago
voter registration at the beginning of October. The online registration system was created under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature in 2015. That bill was filed by state Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, a member of the Palm Beach... Read more
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Bay News 9 Tampa Bay
Child Safety Alarm Act filed in Florida Legislaturearrested and charged with leaving him in a hot van at Little Miracles Academy i
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay / Posted 2 days ago
arrested and charged with leaving him in a hot van at Little Miracles Academy in Orlando. Requires DCF to make alarms for child care vehicles a safety requirement Myles Hill died in August... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Orange, 12 other school boards challenge Florida education lawgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 3 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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NBC 2 Fort Myers
Lee school district joins lawsuit over tax money for charter schoolsauthority to ensure that it is efficient, safe, secure, or of high quality for
NBC 2 Fort Myers / Posted 3 days ago
authority to ensure that it is efficient, safe, secure, or of high quality for its students “The bottom line is that the Florida Legislature passed a bill that takes away local control which the people of Lee County have entrusted to us,” said... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
Lee school district joins lawsuit over tax money for charter schoolsauthority to ensure that it is efficient, safe, secure, or of high quality for
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 3 days ago
authority to ensure that it is efficient, safe, secure, or of high quality for its students “The bottom line is that the Florida Legislature passed a bill that takes away local control which the people of Lee County have entrusted to us,” said... Read more
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Miami New Times
Miami Is America's Hardest City for Poor Rentersfalls on Tallahassee: Mandatory affordable-housing rules are difficult to enfor
Miami New Times / Posted 3 days ago
falls on Tallahassee: Mandatory affordable-housing rules are difficult to enforce without state or federal subsidies. The Florida Legislature long ago set up a trust fund to help subsidize housing across the state, but for ten straight years,... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Report: Leon County schools among Florida’s most segregatedprograms. Like Montford, he does not like the taste Florida’s education recipe
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 5 days ago
programs. Like Montford, he does not like the taste Florida’s education recipe has left in his mouth. “For years the Florida Legislature has been saying, ‘let’s look at the data and hold people accountable,” said Montford with the report in... Read more
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The Middletown Press
Leon County schools among Florida's most segregatedprograms. Like Montford, he does not like the taste Florida's education recipe
The Middletown Press / Posted 5 days ago
programs. Like Montford, he does not like the taste Florida's education recipe has left in his mouth. "For years the Florida Legislature has been saying, 'let's look at the data and hold people accountable," said Montford with the report in... Read more
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Bay News 9 Tampa Bay
Hurricanes Irma, Maria could cause Florida budget shortfallThe Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hur
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay / Posted 6 days ago
The Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but also the impact of Hurricane Maria. Irma damage could cost between $25.4 billion and $45.9 billion Economists forecast a budget shortfall of $145.1... Read more
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NBC Philadelphia
Financial Aftermath of Irma, Maria Could Cost Fla. BillionsThe Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hur
NBC Philadelphia / Posted 6 days ago
The Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but also the impact of Hurricane Maria. State economist Amy Baker told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that damage from Irma is forecast to be... Read more
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NBC Miami
Financial Aftermath of Irma, Maria Could Cost Fla. BillionsThe Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hur
NBC Miami / Posted 6 days ago
The Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but also the impact of Hurricane Maria. State economist Amy Baker told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that damage from Irma is forecast to be... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Medical marijuana bill passes in Florida LegislatureThe medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage o
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 6 days ago
The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a three-day special session. Gov. Rick Scott said he “absolutely” will sign the bill. That means big changes... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Nursing homes may get waivers to emergency generator rulerule was never intended to be seriously implemented. Real change, he said, will
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 6 days ago
rule was never intended to be seriously implemented. Real change, he said, will have to in changes to state law by the Florida Legislature. “That rule, to begin with, was nothing more than a political veneer, just to stem the tide,” said Lee,... Read more
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The St. Augustine Record
Draft of St. Johns County’s legislative plan bears scars of eventful year bookended by punishing stormsdamaged the Summer Haven River and Matanzas Inlet. On behalf of the City of St
The St. Augustine Record / Posted 6 days ago
damaged the Summer Haven River and Matanzas Inlet. On behalf of the City of St. Augustine, the county is requesting the Florida Legislature support legislation that would establish a pilot program for small coastal cities to improve resiliency... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Florida Legislature dealing with aftermaths of 2 hurricanesThe Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hur
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 6 days ago
The Florida Legislature finds itself dealing with not only the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but also the impact of Hurricane Maria. State economist Amy Baker told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that damage from Irma is forecast to be... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Nursing homes may get waivers to emergency generator rulerule was never intended to be seriously implemented. Real change, he said, will
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 6 days ago
rule was never intended to be seriously implemented. Real change, he said, will have to in changes to state law by the Florida Legislature. “That rule, to begin with, was nothing more than a political veneer, just to stem the tide,” said Lee,... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Thursday Lead Letter: Progress is being made in Florida’s prison systemlistened and provided support. While challenges exist, great progress is being
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 8 days ago
listened and provided support. While challenges exist, great progress is being made. Last session, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature approved a three-tiered approach targeting recruitment and retention. Our greatest challenge is our... Read more
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Daytona Beach News-Journal
Florida Hospital's Centra Care used telemedicine during Irma to connect with patientslandmine. For one, the state does not yet have a set legal definition for teleh
Daytona Beach News-Journal / Posted 8 days ago
landmine. For one, the state does not yet have a set legal definition for telehealth. That was one of the reasons the Florida Legislature created a telehealth advisory council last year to study the issue. The 13-member group is expected to... Read more
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The St. Augustine Record
Audit: Florida’s hurricane response system ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster10 there were no cots or beds for evacuees, “just seats,” BuzzFeed reported. A
The St. Augustine Record / Posted 8 days ago
10 there were no cots or beds for evacuees, “just seats,” BuzzFeed reported. After the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, the Florida Legislature “found that improved logistical staging and warehouse capacity for supplies and equipment would help... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Obamacare shorter enrollment period has some worriedsaid Packham. Some state lawmakers are also getting involved. On Tuesday, Sen
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 9 days ago
said Packham. Some state lawmakers are also getting involved. On Tuesday, Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, and Rep. Nick Duran, D-Miami, called on all members of the Florida Legislature to increase outreach within their co... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Florida Senate committee pushes to expand Bright Futuresfrom the current $77 per credit hour to $159, or roughly 75 percent of the cost
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 9 days ago
from the current $77 per credit hour to $159, or roughly 75 percent of the cost of tuition and fees. RELATED: More Florida Legislature news The expansion would also help students at state colleges, increasing the medallion scholars from... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
House panel: Replace Confederate statue with one of black educatorwho among other accomplishments founded a school for women in Daytona Beach tha
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 9 days ago
who among other accomplishments founded a school for women in Daytona Beach that is now Bethune-Cookman College. The Florida Legislature decided during its spring 2016 session that the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith should be... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
New bills, committee hearings and still three months until the legislative sessionFlorida's Department of Juvenile Justice that came out today, the Miami Herald
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 9 days ago
Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice that came out today, the Miami Herald will be driving the debate in January as the Florida Legislature convenes. Here is the doorway into the multi-part investigation called "Fight Club." Feel free to click... Read more
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Palm Beach Daily News
Palm Beach to alter drone ordinance to comply with federal, state lawsshort, the FAA regulates the airspace — not the town. Gov. Rick Scott also sig
Palm Beach Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
short, the FAA regulates the airspace — not the town. Gov. Rick Scott also signed a law earlier this year that gives the Florida Legislature authority over local municipalities on the issue. There may be more drones in the sky now that permits... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Senate panel advances bill to set aside $50 million a year for beachesmillion go toward helping restore the St. Johns River, its tributaries and the
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 9 days ago
million go toward helping restore the St. Johns River, its tributaries and the Keystone Heights lake region. RELATED: More Florida Legislature news Meanwhile, funding for the state’s natural springs would increase from $50 million a year to $75... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Audit warned Florida's hurricane response system was 'ill-prepared'for evacuees, "just seats," BuzzFeed reported. This wasn't supposed to happen.
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 10 days ago
for evacuees, "just seats," BuzzFeed reported. This wasn't supposed to happen. After the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, the Florida Legislature "found that improved logistical staging and warehouse capacity for supplies and equipment would help... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Lawmakers looking at limits for opioid prescriptionswould only get a week’s supply of opioids on their initial prescription for the
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 10 days ago
would only get a week’s supply of opioids on their initial prescription for the drugs under a bill filed Monday in the Florida Legislature. The bill, filed by state Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is meant to limit the oversupply of... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Scott administration eyes hospitals in proposed Medicaid spending cutswould be on top of nearly $500 million in recurring cuts made to hospitals duri
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 10 days ago
would be on top of nearly $500 million in recurring cuts made to hospitals during the 2017 session. RELATED: More Florida Legislature news “It would be devastating, for goodness sakes,” said Jan Gorrie, a hospital lobbyist and managing... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Rollins College to offer discounted tuition to Puerto Rican studentsgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 10 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Elder care watchdog referring fewer complaints for investigationvolunteers had to be approved by the secretary of elder affairs; that the ombud
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 10 days ago
volunteers had to be approved by the secretary of elder affairs; that the ombudsman was denied the ability to lobby the Florida Legislature; and that the ombudsman’s news releases had to be prescreened by the secretary or the governor’s office,... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Nursing homes get short shrift from state, LegislatureCenter in Hollywood Hills. Florida Gov. Rick Scott even called it “unfathomable
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 10 days ago
Center in Hollywood Hills. Florida Gov. Rick Scott even called it “unfathomable.” If you know the history of how the Florida Legislature has treated nursing home residents over the past 30 or so years, it is quite fathomable how this... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Junior Achievement program boosts Jacksonville girls’ financial literacywhat she wants to add to her resume: law school, the Navy, a career specializin
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 12 days ago
what she wants to add to her resume: law school, the Navy, a career specializing in criminal law and membership in the Florida Legislature, among other things. But among the first entries — and one of the most impactful — was Junior... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Elder care watchdog referring fewer complaints for investigationvolunteers had to be approved by the secretary of elder affairs; that the ombud
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 12 days ago
volunteers had to be approved by the secretary of elder affairs; that the ombudsman was denied the ability to lobby the Florida Legislature; and that the ombudsman’s news releases had to be prescreened by the secretary or the governor’s office,... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Even the NRA recoils from bump stocksof court decisions over worker's compensation laws had business interests, the
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 13 days ago
of court decisions over worker's compensation laws had business interests, the insurance industry, unions (and thus the Florida Legislature) all atwitter last legislative session with fears that workers comp insurance rates would skyrocket. But... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Trigaux: Promise our firstborns? Metros go wild in pursuit of Amazon HQ2Amazon exercise is putting Florida economic development under a more favorable
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 13 days ago
Amazon exercise is putting Florida economic development under a more favorable spotlight after a grueling period when the Florida Legislature bad-mouthed job recruiting efforts as "corporate welfare" and proceeded to gut state funding used for... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
UF confirms white nationalist Richard Spencer eventgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 13 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
UF confirms white nationalist Richard Spencer eventgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 14 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Florida Virtual School to welcome 20,000 Puerto Rican students, Gov Scott saysgraduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boo
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 14 days ago
graduates with good grade-point averages test scores, could get a permanent boost next year. A bill filed this week in the Florida Legislature would increase the awards for the approximately 94,000 students statewide who receive the schol... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Puerto Rico's effect on Hispanic voters' already-dismal view of Trumpmerely a mirage. Here come the gun bills: This will likely be the last you hea
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 14 days ago
merely a mirage. Here come the gun bills: This will likely be the last you hear of them, because the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature will never hold a committee hearing on any of them, but several gun control measures have been filed by... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Delray lawyer, Boca man charged in million-dollar PIP fraud schemethat state lawmakers hoped to curb when they changed the terms of the state’s P
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 15 days ago
that state lawmakers hoped to curb when they changed the terms of the state’s PIP program in 2013. But, even though the Florida Legislature reduced the reimbursement rate from $10,000 to $2,500 for non-emergency medical care, prosecutors claim... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Orange Park council votes to allow medical marijuana dispensariesfrom commercial neighborhood zoning districts, which typically include convenie
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 15 days ago
from commercial neighborhood zoning districts, which typically include convenience stores and office space. In June, the Florida Legislature approved medical marijuana regulations, but left it up to counties and municipalities to decide whether... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Wednesday’s Editorial: Shocking levels of violence rising in Florida’s prisonsThe Florida Legislature and the state’s governor have blood on their hands. It
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 16 days ago
The Florida Legislature and the state’s governor have blood on their hands. It’s the blood of both correctional officers and prison inmates whose lives are being constantly endangered within a medieval prison system whose cruel faults elected... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Chip LaMarca running for state House, won’t seek re-election to Broward County Commissionthe lone Republican on the Broward County Commission, is hoping to land a new r
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 16 days ago
the lone Republican on the Broward County Commission, is hoping to land a new role as the county’s lone Republican in the Florida Legislature. LaMarca filed paperwork Tuesday signaling his run for state representative. He hopes to succeed state... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
If not now, when?that even a majority of Republicans support many of them per this handy chart f
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 16 days ago
that even a majority of Republicans support many of them per this handy chart from the New York Times, Democrats in the Florida Legislature are getting in on this game as well, with state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, filing a bill that would... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Irma-related insurance claims mount in FloridaInsurance Corp. but not losses reported solely to the Federal Emergency Managem
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 17 days ago
Insurance Corp. but not losses reported solely to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Citizens was created by the Florida Legislature to provide insurance for residents near the coastline who are unable to find property coverage in the... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Bail bond policy wastes taxpayer dollarsOffice concern such charges. • Bail bond guidelines are inconsistent and in so
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 17 days ago
Office concern such charges. • Bail bond guidelines are inconsistent and in some cases ignore the intentions of the Florida Legislature. • For example, persons charged with first-degree misdemeanors are subject to bail bond guidelines... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
Report: Review shows Florida's utility watchdog has become a lapdogand the governor — who appoint the regulators — through campaign cash and lobby
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 17 days ago
and the governor — who appoint the regulators — through campaign cash and lobbyists, and a revolving door between the Florida Legislature, the PSC and the utility industry. "Make no mistake, what we're talking about today is corruption. It's... Read more
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