| Apr 3, 2015
After a partisan-charged debate, the Florida House on Thursday passed its version of a new state budget by an 86-29 vote. The Senate had unanimously passed its version of a budget by a unanimous vote a day earlier.
But a wide gap exists between the two...
| Apr 2, 2015
Florida legislators say there just isn't enough money for everything when it comes to crafting a new state budget.
State workers, for example, aren't getting a raise. There's no money for new judges to handle the growing number of cases in the courts....
| Apr 1, 2015
| 2:41 PM
TALLAHASSEE – New funding, service and education options for disabled students and their parents took a major step forward Wednesday as the Senate passed a batch of bills to expand scholarships and offer higher learning programs.
The bills all...
| Apr 2, 2015
Florida officials said late Wednesday that the federal government is suspending negotiations over the potential loss of more than $1 billion in money now flowing to the state's hospitals.
The move comes at a critical time: The Florida Legislature is...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 2:40 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year's session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 9:10 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Nearly halfway through Florida's legislative session, consensus remains elusive on nearly every major issue: health care, conservation, school testing, the budget and tax cuts.
The only substantive bill that has been passed so far...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 11:01 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- After sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Senators approved in a voice vote what is known as a "memorial" (SM 866),...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Why would House Republicans let their opposition to Obamacare stop them from doing what's best for Florida?
State senators took another big step toward expanding health coverage to 800,000 uninsured Floridians last week, unveiling a budget that builds...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 5:59 PM
TALLAHASSEE — After two years of negative reports, lawmakers are prepared to end a decades-old program giving tax breaks to businesses in areas with chronic poverty and unemployment.
Enterprise zones, created by the Legislature in 1982 but handled...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 2:25 PM
Florida's testing contractor made "very elementary sorts of errors" during the debut of the state's new computer-based testing system earlier this month, according a state senator asked by Florida Senate leaders to investigate the online testing problems....
| Mar 19, 2015
| 11:02 AM
TALLAHASSEE — In a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals....