| May 1, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida House deeply divided on ideological grounds voted Thursday to open the door to allow some illegal immigrants who have lived in the country long enough to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar.
House Speaker Will Weatherford,...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:51 PM
Compassion won out over rhetorical resistance when lawmakers in the final hours of the final day of the state’s annual legislative session agreed to allow some illegal immigrants to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar.
The matter now goes...
| May 24, 2014
| 8:52 AM
TALLAHASSEE – It was the biggest binge on hometown projects since the pre-Great Recession days.
The Florida Legislature used its best financial outlook in nearly a decade this spring to sprinkle in more taxpayer-funded hometown projects –...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:56 AM
Three hundred elementary schools -- and likely at least a handful in Central Florida -- will have to add an hour to their day next year, using the time for extra reading instruction, under the budget the Florida Legislature just approved. For the past two...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal to give tax subsidies annually to more professional sports stadiums got sweeter for Central Florida Thursday, as lawmakers added language allowing projects already underway to get ahead of the line for tax dollars.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With time running out on Florida's lawmaking session, another professional sports tax-break package is headed for a photo finish.
The Legislature is poised to pass a plan that could open the door for Orlando and Miami Major League...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 1:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Mired in a spat between property owners, the business lobby and local governments, a Senate panel on Tuesday gutted a proposal once hailed as a major step to protect Florida's dying springs.
In a series of amendments, the Senate...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:41 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s anti-bullying law could be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to online forums under a proposal sparked by a Polk County cyber-bullying case that drew a national media spotlight.
Florida already requires public...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 6:25 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The year-long fight over imposing earned-sick leave requirements on businesses in Orange County is cranking back up.
The Florida Legislature passed a sick-leave bill last spring which blocks local governments from enacting sick-leave...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs.
The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
| 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...