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The Florida Legislature has passed a measure which beefs up the quality, measurability and accountability of School Readiness programs. The changes will start at the top — at the Florida Office of Early Learning, and will trickle down to the local Coalitions who monitor and assess preschool programs.
Governor Rick Scott's $89 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year has received its yearly report card from the nonprofit research institute TaxWatch. And, the group has recommendations. Listen. Listening... /. 0:51. According to the TaxWatch report, the budget contains 517 member projects, which are ...

Influential Florida anti-gambling group NoCasinos has claimed the state legislature's call for a special session to address gambling issues is “a fictional crisis manufactured by gambling lobbyists.” John Sowinski of NoCasinos says the legislature's special session is a “fictional crisis manufactured by gaming ...
A state pharmacy board on Monday criticized the Florida Legislature for not passing a bill that would have allowed Florida pharmacists to test and treat people for the flu and strep throat. Members of the Board of Pharmacy Legislative Committee exchanged stories about the costly bills their family members ...
Florida Legislature may reconvene on gambling, with $300 million at stake. It's an election year and a constitutional amendment on the November ballot looms as a threat to the pari-mutuel industry, so Florida legislators are considering coming back for a special session on gambling — if only the Seminole ...
Early learning programs are vital to the development of our children, especially in the preschool years as they learn to read and develop other skills. But how these programs that receive funds from the state, especially for low income and at-risk children, from birth to 5 years old, are monitored and how ...

The 2018 legislative session concluded a week ago. Here are some Kudos & Kicks for Florida lawmakers: Kudos. » Lawmakers extended the session by two days as they focused on the well-reasoned approach of Gov. Rick Scott to address school violence through revised gun laws, campus safety and ...
With a referendum regarding gambling in the state being held during the 2018 midterm elections, the Florida Legislature had a final shot to make any moves regarding the state's gambling laws. Instead, the politicians in Tallahassee punted the subject down the road, ensuring that there would be no further ...
They named roads, replaced a state statue in the U.S. Capitol and demanded every school display "In God We Trust.'' They embraced daylight saving time year-round and considered creating license plates for schools in Georgia and Alabama. They crafted and passed a $400 million school safety package ...
Florida lawmakers again wrapped up a legislative session without writing regulations for fracking and stimulated oil-drilling techniques. A bill to ban such practices, filed by state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, died in a Senate subcommittee after progressing through another. It did not get a hearing in the ...
“Last night, the Florida Legislature voted to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools. The NAACP finds the very idea of arming teachers as a solution to gun violence utterly absurd and misguided. We know that children of color are portrayed and seen as more dangerous, more culpable and less human ...
Rick Scott to call the Florida Legislature into special session and demand more money for public schools can sum up their powerful argument in two numbers. The governor asked lawmakers to increase per student spending by $152. The Legislature increased general per student spending by 47 cents.
The Orlando Sentinel has been filled with news about what the Florida Legislature did this session — including a response to school shootings, another expansion of the state's school-voucher program and a push to allow Florida to have its very own time zone. Now let's talk a bit about what didn't happen.
State legislators filed about 1,747 bills in the 2018 legislative session that ended Sunday. Only 11.2 percent, or 196 bills, were passed by both the House and Senate chambers. As of Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott has signed seven and vetoed zero bills. Related Coverage: Florida's 2018 Legislature was the ...
The “spring forward, fall back cycle” that we have grown up with all our lives could be coming to an end in Florida. A bill to put Florida on daylight saving time year-round passed the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly (103-11) in February was likewise passed in less than a minute Tuesday by ...
TALLAHASSEE — The Valentine's Day slaying of 17 people at a Broward County high school became a sharp dividing line for the 2018 Florida Legislature. Lawmakers acknowledged that every major issue or policy fight going on before that day was eclipsed by the tragedy at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators are poised to approve a nearly $89 billion budget and end their annual session. The Florida Legislature is scheduled to meet Sunday where lawmakers are expected to approve a new budget as well as a tax cut package. Legislators extended their session ...

Andrew Pollack and Ryan Petty, fathers of victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, urge lawmakers to vote yes on a gun bill as the House debates the bill. Gray RohrerContact Reporter · Privacy Policy. TALLAHASSEE — When the Legislature convened in January, the Capitol was abuzz with ...
Appropriations chairs Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R- Miami, left, and Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, were all smiles, Thursday, March 8, 2018, after reaching a budget agreement in Tallahassee. (Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP). TALLAHASSEE. Florida lawmakers are poised to end their annual ...
Bill limiting pain pill prescriptions clears Florida Legislature .... Hide caption. Under legislation passed by the Florida Legislature Friday, patients with acute pain would be limited to a three-day supply of prescription opioids, or a seven-day supply if a doctor deems it “medically necessary.” [H-T ARCHIVE].
The vocal students who survived the shooting in Parkland can take full credit for pushing the Legislature to take even these small steps. Loading… Post to Facebook. Florida Legislature takes baby steps on gun control | Another view The vocal students who survived the shooting in Parkland can take full ...
The Florida Senate on Thursday voted 34-3 to move the date of that year's annual session from March to January. The House has already approved the bill and it now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. Florida's Constitution requires that legislators hold a session in March during odd-numbered years but legislators ...
Florida Legislature Votes to Ease Payday Loan Restrictions. Florida may ease some ... The Florida Legislature on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would double the current limit on the loans from $500 to $1,000 and would allow lenders to give 60-to-90 day loans. The legislation now goes ...
The Florida Legislature has approved changes proposed by Rep. Randy Fine to provide more flexibility in how tourist development taxes can be spent. It's a measure opposed by some in the local tourism industry, including members of the Brevard County Tourist Development Council. They say the bill ...
Soon enough, Gov. Rick Scott will be able to sign a bill that would allow Florida to start sharing voter information to make sure people aren't registered in other states. On Wednesday, the Florida Senate sweepingly approved the bill. Sponsored by state Rep. Ross Spano, a Republican – yes, the same ...
Gov. Rick Scott and Florida's Republican Legislature laid out a $500 million school safety package Friday, that includes major changes to gun laws but falls far short of what survivors of the Parkland massacre and Democrats are demanding. The Feb. 14 slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...
Gov. Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers will propose changes to Florida gun laws Friday that will spark the most intense debate over guns in many years and could reshape the political landscape for the fall elections in the nation's largest swing state. The proposed changes are the state's response to ...
Facing mounting pressure from a student-led movement that seeks increased mental health and background checks for gun buyers and a ban on assault weapons, the Florida Legislature is producing a bill — or possibly multiple ones — that balance student safety with what Republican leaders call “fidelity ...
With students who survived a school shooting in the gallery, Florida lawmakers on Tuesday voted down a bill to ban assault-style rifles. GOP Gov. Rick Scott says everything is on the table. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are ...
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in Tallahassee lobbying state legislators to pass new gun regulations following last week's shooting. State Sen. Bill Galvano, a Republican, has introduced a six-point framework and hopes the proposals can come to a floor vote next week.
“He was saying porn as a health risk was more important to address here in the Florida Legislature than the epidemic of gun violence,” Smith said. “These are there priorities. I don't understand the politics, to be honest, if I'm being honest. I'm not aware there's a base of voters who are losing sleep every ...
Times/Herald survey: Florida Legislature still divided on assault weapons ban. But compromise could be possible. The Times/Herald conducted a survey of Florida lawmakers, which revealed bipartisan support for some limitations on access to high-powered weapons. By Emily L. Mahoney. 3 days ago.
If you're a lawmaker in Tallahassee, you're likely one of the state's elite. You're 147 times more likely to be a chief executive than the average Floridian and 37 times more likely to be a lawyer. You don't work a clerical office job that one in every six employed Floridians do. You get paid a modest amount to ...
The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to ticket a motorist for texting and driving. Currently, texting-and-driving is a secondary offense; the Florida Legislature is reviewing a measure that, if passed, would upgrade the charge to a primary offense. “Right now ...
TALLAHASSEE — A measure that would ban the controversial oil- and natural-gas drilling process known as “fracking” is again on the move in the Senate. However, the proposal remains sidelined in the House as the 60-day legislative session nears its midpoint. The Senate Environmental Preservation ...
A proposal to allow unused prescription drugs to be donated to low-income patients is advancing in the Florida Legislature. Florida already allows cancer drugs be donated. State Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, is sponsoring the bipartisan measure to create a prescription drug donation program.
For critics of payday lenders, a bill in the Legislature that would result in bigger loans and higher fees is a gift to a predatory industry. At a glance, they might be right. Floridians, mostly in poor neighborhoods, took out a staggering 7.7 million payday loans over 12 months in 2016 and 2017. And nearly a third ...
... and establish new performance measures that would require SCF's full-time associate degree students to graduate within two years. Also known as “College Competitiveness Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 540 could hit the Senate floor for the final time on Feb. 8, said Adam Hilton, a Florida Legislature analyst.
Whenever the Florida legislature takes a deep interest in how people live their private lives, I get nervous. Especially when it has a lot of ideas about marriage and divorce. This is an elected body with a rich history of sexual misbehavior that now is wrestling with cultural shifts of the #MeToo Era and not ...
A trio of bills aimed at reducing the penalties for low-level criminal offenses advanced in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday. One proposed change would increase the monetary threshold for felony theft from $300 to $1,000. Another proposal would allow judges to depart from mandatory-minimum ...
TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers' attempts to reach consensus on sweeping gambling proposals have been perennially fruitless endeavors, with industry players seeking not only to promote their own agendas but to block competitors from gaining even a perceived advantage. The complicated gambling ...
TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators are heading into the third week of their 60-day session, where they are ready to start grappling with a state budget that will exceed $80 billion. While passing the budget is the only obligation the Legislature has each year, there are dozens of other bills being considered ...
TALLAHASSEE — Fans of UCF's football team may soon have a Florida license plate celebrating its teams undefeated season and claim as national champions. A bill in the state's House of Representatives (HB 1359) has added a UCF National Champions plate as one of nine specialty plates being ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A resolution moving through the Florida House would declare pornography a health risk. The House Health & Human Services Committee overwhelmingly approved the resolution Thursday. It states the need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians from ...
With the second week of the 2018 Florida Legislature drawing to a close, what are the politics likely to drive any achievements during the 60-day session in Tallahassee? To find out, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board sought out Aubrey Jewett of the University of Central Florida. The associate professor is ...
The House Health & Human Services Committee overwhelmingly approved the resolution Thursday. It states the need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians from pornography. Republican Rep. Ross Spano is sponsoring the resolution. He told the committee that pornography is ...
The Florida Legislature opens in 2018 session on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Capitol in the House chamber. (Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP). TALLAHASSEE. Florida counties would have to contribute an additional $66 million to the state pension fund in the new budget year, according to ...
Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature's agenda this year following Hurricane Irma's rampage across most of the state. Lawmakers will consider proposals ranging from making evacuations more efficient to helping the devastated citrus industry. The 60-day session opened last Tuesday with ...
TALLAHASSEE — Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature's agenda this year following Hurricane Irma's rampage across most of the state. Lawmakers will consider proposals ranging from making evacuations more efficient to helping the devastated citrus industry. The 60-day session opened ...
In this September 2017 file photo, Dom's Mobile Hut spells out its feelings about Hurricane Irma. FLORIDAN FILE. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature's agenda this year following Hurricane Irma's rampage across most of the ...


 

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