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  • Reacting to outcry, state Senate limits school testing

    TALLAHASSEE — Responding to the ongoing backlash about Florida's standardized testing, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping bill that would place limits on the use of tests in the state's public schools. The vote followed two days of...
  • House budget chief: No dancing with Senate on Medicaid expansion

    House budget chief: No dancing with Senate on Medicaid expansion
    TALLAHASSEE – In the most adamant remarks yet from House leaders, Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said Thursday the chamber “won’t dance” with the Senate on Medicaid expansion. “We’re not dancing this...
  • Gardiner push for disability education options clears Senate

    Gardiner push for disability education options clears Senate
    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...
  • Florida senators meet with feds over health care money

    Florida senators meet with feds over health care money
    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...
  • Halfway through session, lawmakers resolve next to nothing

    Halfway through session, lawmakers resolve next to nothing
    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...
  • Senate to Obama: We don't like new Cuba policy

    Senate to Obama: We don't like new Cuba policy
    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),...
  • 10 questions for House on health: Editorial

    10 questions for House on health: Editorial
    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...
  • Tax credit program for blighted areas to end

    Tax credit program for blighted areas to end
    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...
  • Florida contractor's mistakes blamed for online testing problems

    Florida contractor's mistakes blamed for online testing problems
    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....
  • Senate budget plan creates $5B gap with House

    Senate budget plan creates $5B gap with House
    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....
  • UCF is ranked third among state universities

    UCF is ranked third among state universities
    The University of Central Florida earned the third highest ranking out of the state's 11 public universities, meaning UCF could receive additional money that can go toward hiring faculty and other needs. UCF received 39 points, below the top score of 44...