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Lawmakers Clearing Way For New Deltona Hospital

Lawmakers Clearing Way For New Deltona Hospital

By on March 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Amid a Florida Supreme Court case about the issue, a House panel today (March 19th) approved a plan that would clear the way for a new hospital in Central Florida. The proposal (HB 523) would allow the public Halifax Hospital Medical Center to operate hospitals outside the boundaries of its taxing district. […]

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Florida House Considering Higher Ed Spending Changes

Florida House Considering Higher Ed Spending Changes

By on March 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Seeking changes in the wake of a high-profile financial scandal at the University of Central Florida, the House is expected Tuesday to start moving forward with a plan that would revamp spending rules for the higher education system, including on construction projects. The proposal, backed by House Speaker Jose Oliva, would broaden […]

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Florida House Felons’ Rights Plan Spurs Questions

Florida House Felons’ Rights Plan Spurs Questions

By on March 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Hookers who’ve been convicted of prostitution three times, cyberstalkers and inmates who expose themselves to prison workers wouldn’t be eligible to have their voting rights automatically restored under a House proposal aimed at carrying out a constitutional amendment approved in November. The constitutional amendment, which appeared on the ballot as Amendment 4, […]

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Florida Governor Signs Smokable Medical Weed Bill

Florida Governor Signs Smokable Medical Weed Bill

By on March 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Pointing to the “will of the voters,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a measure repealing Florida’s ban on smokable medical marijuana. Shortly after he took over as governor in January, DeSantis gave the Legislature until March 15 to do away with the smoking ban. If they didn’t act, the […]

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Florida Lawmakers Hammering Out Budget

Florida Lawmakers Hammering Out Budget

By on March 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – When lawmakers meet each year, they consider hundreds of bills. But they only have one must-do: pass a state budget. The outlines of a 2019-2020 budget will start to take shape during the coming week as House and Senate appropriations subcommittees discuss initial spending plans for areas such as education, health care […]

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Voucher Expansion On Move In Florida House

Voucher Expansion On Move In Florida House

By on March 15, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In a priority for Republican leaders, the House on Thursday began moving forward with a dramatic expansion of school vouchers, including allowing middle-class families to apply for state-funded scholarships to send children to private schools. The GOP-controlled House and Senate and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis all want to expand voucher-type programs and […]

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State University Spending Reform After UCF Scandal

State University Spending Reform After UCF Scandal

By on March 15, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House’s top investigative committee adopted a series of recommendations on Thursday that would reform spending practices in the state university system after finding University of Central Florida officials ignored state rules when misspending $85 million in state funds. Seeking to address a systematic problem, the House Public Integrity and Ethics […]

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FPL Seeks Approval For Major Solar Program

FPL Seeks Approval For Major Solar Program

By on March 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Power & Light on Wednesday (March 13th) asked state regulators to approve a major new solar-energy program in which customers could voluntarily pay a charge each month and receive credits for savings produced by the program. The utility filed the proposed “FPL SolarTogether” program at the Florida Public Service Commission. The […]

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Florida House Committee Backs CRC Abolishment

Florida House Committee Backs CRC Abolishment

By on March 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Largely appointed by former Governor Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders, a state commission placed seven constitutional amendments on the November ballot that were approved by voters. But the commission could become a thing of the past after stirring a controversy with many of its proposals. The House State Affairs Committee on […]

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Florida Legislature OK’s Smokable Medical Marijuana

Florida Legislature OK’s Smokable Medical Marijuana

By on March 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In their first full action of the 2019 legislative session, Florida lawmakers — many of them grudgingly — ceded to a demand by Gov. Ron DeSantis and overwhelmingly approved a proposal doing away with the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana. DeSantis issued an ultimatum to the Legislature shortly after the Republican […]

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