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House, Senate Roll Out Budget Plans

House, Senate Roll Out Budget Plans

Tallahassee, FL –The House and Senate on Friday rolled out state budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, with the plans hundreds of millions of dollars apart and higher than the current year’s budget. The Senate wants to spend $90.3 billion during the fiscal year that starts July 1, while the House is proposing an $89.9 […]

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House Backs Oliva Health Care Priority

House Backs Oliva Health Care Priority

By on March 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House on Thursday began trying to sweep away controversial health-care regulations, approving a bill that is a top priority of House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes. Oliva and other House Republican leaders maintain that ending “certificate of need” regulations, which limit the number of hospitals, nursing homes and hospices that can be […]

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Smokable Marijuana Hits The Market

Smokable Marijuana Hits The Market

By on March 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years became the state’s first patient to legally buy whole-flower cannabis for smoking Thursday, just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a ban on smokable medical marijuana. Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, was the first of Florida’s 14 […]

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Florida Constitution Panel In Legislative Crosshairs

Florida Constitution Panel In Legislative Crosshairs

By on March 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Voters are closer to being asked to place a new restriction on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission — or possibly even to abolish the powerful panel that meets every 20 years. Proposals moved forward Thursday in the House and Senate, as lawmakers continue to vent frustration with the commission that last year […]

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Florida Senate Ties Tourism Funding To Sunscreen

Florida Senate Ties Tourism Funding To Sunscreen

By on March 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Senate leaders are putting up money to keep the state’s tourism arm alive despite an effort by the state House to scrap the agency. But the Senate’s $50 million for Visit Florida comes with a hitch: The agency would be barred from promoting communities that have banned certain sunscreens. “I don’t […]

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Veggie Garden Bill Approved By Florida Senate

Veggie Garden Bill Approved By Florida Senate

By on March 21, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In an issue stemming from a legal dispute in South Florida, the Senate today (March 21st) overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prevent local governments from regulating homeowners’ vegetable gardens. Senators voted 35-5 to support the measure (SB 82), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island). Bradley took up the issue after […]

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Florida House Seeks Tough Stance On “Sanctuary Cities”

Florida House Seeks Tough Stance On “Sanctuary Cities”

By on March 21, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A House panel Wednesday began to advance a controversial ban on so-called sanctuary cities that would lead to tough penalties if local governments do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities, including removal of local officials from their posts. The measure was approved by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on a 9-3 […]

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Critics Blast Florida House Felons’ Rights Plan

Critics Blast Florida House Felons’ Rights Plan

By on March 21, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Felons would have to clear up any financial obligations, including court costs, fees and fines, before having their voting rights restored, under a House proposal castigated by critics Tuesday as a modern take on Jim Crow-era poll taxes designed to keep black voters from participating in elections. In a strict party-line vote following heated […]

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Florida House, Senate Far Apart On School Funding

Florida House, Senate Far Apart On School Funding

By on March 21, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida House and Senate leaders will go into budget negotiations hundreds of millions of dollars apart on spending for the state’s public schools. House Republicans on Wednesday released an initial proposal that calls for a $579.3 million increase next year in the key part of the budget for public schools, a 2.75 […]

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Parental Consent Abortion Bill Backed In Florida House

Parental Consent Abortion Bill Backed In Florida House

By on March 20, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida could block teenagers from getting abortions unless their parents agree, under a bill that began moving forward Tuesday in the Republican-dominated House. The House Health Quality Subcommittee voted along mostly partisan lines for the proposal (HB 1335), which goes beyond current requirements that call for parents to be notified when their daughters seek […]

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