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  • Senate advances cyber-bullying bill inspired by Polk suicide

    Senate advances cyber-bullying bill inspired by Polk suicide
    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...
  • Weatherford: No big water policy this year

    Weatherford: No big water policy this year
     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...
  • 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,...
  • State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

    State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
    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...
  • House should become bedfellow in 'SYG' fix: Editorial

    If politics makes strange bedfellows, then the state Senate's latest run at Florida's deplorable "stand your ground" law offers — in a good way — a textbook example. On Monday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee debated a bipartisan...
  • In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill

    In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill
    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...
  • Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger

    Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger
    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,...
  • Senate could push for quicker stadium incentive review

    Senate could push for quicker stadium incentive review
    TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida senators are working on a deal to allow Orlando’s soccer stadium to compete for state dollars as soon as this summer without requiring the Legislature to later sign off on the $2 million annual tax break. The...
  • Should 'stand your ground' change? Dunn case revives Zimmerman debate

    Should 'stand your ground' change? Dunn case revives Zimmerman debate
    Two years after Trayvon Martin's death, Florida's "stand your ground" law remains a flash point in a still unsettled national debate over the limits of self-defense. After a Jacksonville jury this month failed to decide whether Michael Dunn murdered 17-...
  • 300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons

    300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons
    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...