| 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...
| 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 1, 2014
| 9:56 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The Legislature sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan Thursday to create a new Central Florida Expressway Authority which would oversee billions of dollars in regional road-projects.
The Senate voted 36-0 to go along with a House compromise to...
| 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,...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:40 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House agreed to go along with plans to merge Orlando’s scandal-plagued roadway authority in exchange for exempting Osceola County from much of the immediate cost-sharing.
The House amended a Senate bill, SB 230,...
| 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...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades.
But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...
| 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.
| 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,...