| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:24 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Despite an indictment of one board member, a legislative plan to blow up Metro Orlando's expressway authority and impose new ethical rules on its successor has stalled in the Florida House days before the Legislature adjourns.
The plan to...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 1:19 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With crime at a 41-year low, Florida lawmakers were puzzled: why was the nation's third-largest prison system getting bigger?
Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a projected 5,000-inmate spike in the state's prison population to argue in a...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 1:13 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Orlando Republican Andy Gardiner was formally elected as his party's designate for Senate president in a ceremony on the Senate floor Tuesday.
"Andy Gardiner is young, with 1,000 victories ahead of him. He is tested by life, tempered by...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:46 PM
TALLAHASSEE – The chairman of a Senate panel studying the Indian River Lagoon and South Florida waters wants to strip the federal government of the power to decide when to pump polluted waters out of Lake Okeechobee.
Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Frustrated Florida lawmakers questioned the head of the state’s jobs agency Wednesday over the state’s problem-plagued unemployment benefits system.
One lawmaker suggested Florida should "freeze out" the company that...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:26 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to merge Central Florida's road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando's expressway authority.
The bill, SB 230, would...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 9:48 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A House lawmaker said Monday that Osceola County officials are still hesitant to embrace a plan to merge its tollway authority with those in neighboring Orange, Seminole and Lake counties.
Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, got his merger bill,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 9:08 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House is advancing an ethics reform proposal to impose tighter rules of the road for officials on expressway authorities in some of the state's heaviest-trafficked and problem-plagued metropolitan areas.
A Senate plan (SB 230)...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 3:44 PM
It's only a half-mile, but the bicycle path that the state has committed to build next summer in downtown Titusville could be the beginning of a trail that cuts through the heart of Central Florida and connects the east and west coasts.
"This is the...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 4:36 AM
Over two days, we revealed this year's list of “The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida” — as chosen by a panel of leaders from the business, nonprofit and political communities. Below is the full list of 25 - with nutshell...