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Senate Signs Off On Expansion Of School Choice

Senate Signs Off On Expansion Of School Choice

By on April 25, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida senators on Thursday passed legislation that would allow more students to use taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private-school tuition, a major step toward expanding school choice in the state. Voting 23-17 along party lines, the Senate signed off on a wide-ranging education proposal that would also restructure a controversial teacher-bonus program, tweak other […]

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Lawmakers Edge Closer On Health Budget

Lawmakers Edge Closer On Health Budget

By on April 25, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers are inching closer to reaching agreement on how more than $10 billion in state money should be spent on health and human services. House and Senate negotiators made progress Wednesday night in resolving differences in their health-care spending plans, as the House agreed, among other things, to alter positions on Medicaid […]

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Negotiators Agree On School Funding Amount

Negotiators Agree On School Funding Amount

By on April 25, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – House and Senate budget writers agreed Wednesday to set aside $12.4 billion for the Florida Education Finance Program, the primary mechanism for funding the operations of school districts. The Senate’s initial budget plan allotted $12.7 billion for the closely watched pot of money, commonly known as the FEFP. But the Senate agreed […]

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House Passes Controversial Felons’ Rights Bill

House Passes Controversial Felons’ Rights Bill

Tallahassee, FL – In one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment designed to restore the voting rights of felons who have fulfilled the terms of their sentences. Democrats spent hours Tuesday and Wednesday criticizing the bill, contending that it would place too […]

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FBI Notifies VCSO About NSB School Threat

FBI Notifies VCSO About NSB School Threat

By on April 24, 2019 in WNDB News

New Smyrna Beach, FL – A 16-year-old student is facing felony charges after the FBI caught wind of a threat he made against his school. According to the report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force was notified this morning (April 24th), about a comment that was left on a YouTube video […]

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Major Insurance Bill Headed To DeSantis

Major Insurance Bill Headed To DeSantis

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After a fierce lobbying battle that included arguments about insurance rates and “bad actors,” the Florida Senate on Wednesday approved an overhaul of the insurance practice known as assignment of benefits. The 25-14 vote sends the measure (HB 7065) to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who quickly issued a statement saying he will sign it. Passage […]

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“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Clears House

“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Clears House

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After a long and fiery debate about how the state should deal with illegal immigration, the Florida House on Wednesday passed legislation that seeks to crack down on local governments that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The measure, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]

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Lawmakers Try To Bridge Health Budget Differences

Lawmakers Try To Bridge Health Budget Differences

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In a first round of health-care budget negotiations, the Senate on Wednesday agreed to pare funding for local projects in an attempt to bridge spending differences with the House. Among other things, the Senate offered to eliminate from its budget $3.5 million to replace Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Northwest Florida and $100,000 for a […]

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Uncle Stabs Nephew Following Argument

Uncle Stabs Nephew Following Argument

By on April 24, 2019 in WNDB News

UPDATE: DeLand Police have charged 72-year-old Dan Johnson with aggravated battery in the stabbing of his nephew, 29-year-old Michael Johnson. Through interviews with both men, detectives determined that Dan Johnson has issues with how much time Michael Johnson spent in the bathroom. The incident began after Dan knocked on the bathroom door twice, telling Michael […]

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House Backs Tougher Texting, Driving Ban

House Backs Tougher Texting, Driving Ban

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Law-enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving, under a measure approved Tuesday by the House despite concerns the change could increase racial profiling. However, the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a different proposal that would only allow motorists to use hands-free wireless devices when they are traveling on […]

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