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  • Legislative leaders: Our goals include tax cuts, water quality

    Legislative leaders: Our goals include tax cuts, water quality
    Over the past several months, we've each reviewed dozens of pieces of legislation. We've met with members of our respective chambers, hundreds of constituents, and countless organizations representing Floridians from every area of the state, each bringing...
  • Budget, beer, guns, pot and potties on lawmakers' agenda

    Conservation land purchases, beer growlers, tax cuts, guns on state university campuses, medical marijuana and even where transgender people can go to the bathroom will all be issues that will come up during Florida's 2015 legislative session. The only...
  • Medicaid fight may cost Florida $1 billion federal grant

    Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President...
  • Florida Legislature, homelessness: weekend topics

    Florida Legislature, homelessness: weekend topics
    In local public-affairs programming this weekend: Brent Trotter, CEO and president of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, talks to Greg Warmoth on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. Trotter discusses the...
  • Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

    As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott...
  • Hold onto the silverware — lawmakers are gathering in Tallahassee

    Hold onto the silverware —  lawmakers are gathering in Tallahassee
    Legally, Florida lawmakers must accomplish just one task during the annual two-month legislative session, which begins Tuesday in Tallahassee. They must pass a state budget. But given the pent-up issues facing Florida after last year's do-little,...
  • Florida gov. may find it tough getting tax cut plans passed

    This was supposed to be a year of budgetary plenty in Tallahassee. Florida's gradually rebounding economy is helping swell the state's bank accounts and Republican Gov. Rick Scott has grand plans to spend it on boosting school spending and slashing taxes...
  • Florida environment to get billions, but how to spend it?

    After years of deep cuts to environmental programs, Florida voters last November overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, which changed the state constitution to earmark billions for conservation. But the measure left it up to the Legislature and governor...
  • Simmons: Legislature likely to offer stadium money

    Simmons: Legislature likely to offer stadium money
    The Florida Legislature likely will take up a funding plan for the Orlando City Lions’ soccer stadium and three other sport venues, but it might wind up that only three of the four get funding, state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs said...
  • Florida lawmakers to tackle troubled mental-health system

    Florida lawmakers to tackle troubled mental-health system
    After years of neglect, Florida's "dysfunctional" mental-health system is likely to be a top priority for lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, with both advocates and politicians calling for major reform. "I don't want to jinx anything,"...
  • Orlando City stadium tax quest goes to extra time

    Orlando City stadium tax quest goes to extra time
    A panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to put off final approval of the $2 million in state taxpayer funds sought by the Orlando City Lions for a new soccer stadium. Instead, the decision of how to dole out a pot of $7 million to Orlando City and three...