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  • Conservation amendment faces future political fights

    Conservation amendment faces future political fights
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters delivered a message to politicians last week that the state's polluted natural places need an urgent salvage mission. At least that's how the Florida senators who pushed for water-quality reform last session are...
  • Amendment aims cash at conservation efforts

    Amendment aims cash at conservation efforts
    TALLAHASSEE — For Florida environmentalists, the fate of the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway is emblematic of why they are taking the fight over preserving green spaces to the voters this fall. Amendment 1 on the November ballot sounds like a godsend for...
  • UCF's Hitt: $200M downtown campus is a key goal

    UCF's Hitt: $200M downtown campus is a key goal
    University of Central Florida President John Hitt made it official Tuesday, announcing to community and business leaders that UCF will push to build a campus in downtown Orlando that could ultimately cost as much as $200 million. UCF has been studying...
  • House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers

    House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers
    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,...
  • Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott

    Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott
    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...
  • Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'

    Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'
    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 –...
  • Sports stadium package for MLS, Daytona nears House vote

    Sports stadium package for MLS, Daytona nears House vote
    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...
  • Headlining Central Florida's legislative candidate list, Siplin says he can't 'leave the game'

    Headlining Central Florida's legislative candidate list, Siplin says he can't 'leave the game'
    TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida voters can expect to witness a handful of heated races for the state Legislature this year. But the outcomes aren’t likely to  place much of a dent in Republican control of the statehouse, even as the region...
  • Senate scales back major springs bill

    Senate scales back major springs bill
    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...
  • Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill

    Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill
    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...
  • House OKs reform deal on Central Florida expressway authority

    House OKs reform deal on Central Florida expressway authority
    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,...