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  • Hospitals fret amid state-federal Medicaid fight

    Hospitals fret amid state-federal Medicaid fight
    A standoff between the state and federal governments over Medicaid funds for low-income and uninsured people has Orlando hospital leaders feeling like they are in limbo. "We are sitting in the middle of the road while chicken is being played between the...
  • Greyhound-racing industry could get more scrutiny

    Greyhound-racing industry could get more scrutiny
    In an opening-day victory for animal-rights activists, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring dog tracks to report all injuries of racing greyhounds. The bill, if also passed in the Florida House, would make the number and type of...
  • Florida editorial roundup

    Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: March 3 Miami Herald on Gov. Scott's State of Speech: Floridians saw a looser, more relaxed Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday when he delivered the first State of the State speech of his second term. He even drew...
  • Budget, health care issues cloud Legislature's opening day

    The Republican-led Florida Legislature kicked off its annual session Tuesday with the usual pomp, but the celebratory nature was overshadowed by lingering questions about the state budget, tax cuts and health care. The two GOP legislators in charge...
  • Scott's shell game: Blame the feds: My Word

    Scott's shell game: Blame the feds: My Word
    You've probably seen people on cruises who go down the buffet line, skip the main course, and go right to the dessert. It is an image that lingers as one reflects on how Gov. Rick Scott and our House leadership prepared for the start of the 2015...
  • Central Florida leaders take Legislature's helm

    Central Florida leaders take Legislature's helm
    TALLAHASSEE — The Speaker of the House and Senate President always wield much power at the beginning of the legislative session, but the current duo — both from Central Florida — hold more sway than most. That could pay off big for the...
  • A look at the 5 biggest issues for the Florida Legislature

    Florida's GOP-controlled Legislature kicks off its annual session Tuesday, one that could be consumed by plenty of high-profile issues — but lacking the intensity that comes during an election year session. Both House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and...
  • Gardiner: Talk about health plan: Front & Center

    Gardiner: Talk about health plan: Front & Center
    First elected to the Florida Legislature in 2000, Republican Andy Gardiner of Orlando will spend his final two years in the state Capitol as the Senate's president. Gardiner and the House's top officer, Republican Steve Crisafulli of Merritt Island,...
  • House to consider 2 destination casinos, new oversight

    House to consider 2 destination casinos, new oversight
    The Florida House wants to tackle the state's myriad gambling issues in one fell swoop. A wide-ranging bill filed Monday would: •Allow two destination casino resorts to open in South Florida, offering craps, roulettes and baccarat; •Allow...
  • Tax cuts, testing, even booze make Legislature's agenda

    Tax cuts, testing, even booze make Legislature's agenda
    TALLAHASSEE — Cable and cellphone bills could be trimmed, the cost of textbooks cut and testing in public schools reduced. Water and land policy may be overhauled, medical marijuana legalized and beer and liquor laws loosened. As state lawmakers...
  • Our to-do list for legislators: Editorial

    When the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature opens Tuesday, Central Floridians will be in an enviable position. Two of their representatives hold the top two posts in the Capitol: Senate President Andy Gardiner of Orlando and House Speaker Steve...