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  • Does repealing 'stand your ground' stand a chance in Florida?

    Does repealing 'stand your ground' stand a chance in Florida?
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made an impassioned call this week to overturn "stand your ground" laws in states across the nation in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in Trayvon Martin's shooting death. But is there any hope of that happening...
  • Florida Transportation Secretary calls for pedestrian safety action

     Florida Transportation Secretary calls for pedestrian safety action
    Declaring that Florida is not safe for pedestrians or bicyclists, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said Tuesday that his department is changing its road design and engineering principals on the state's dangerous roads. Prasad...
  • Chamber cheers bill to block local sick pay efforts, while churches, police union object

     
    A bill to block paid sick time referendums such as the one pending in Orange County continued to glide through the state Senate this week while a companion measure now sits on the House calendar, a legislative push the Florida Chamber of Commerce strongly...
  • Orange-inspired sick-time ‘preemption’ bill gets closer to House passage

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House edged closer Tuesday to blocking Orange County voters from having a referendum on whether to offer paid sick-leave to workers. The House took up HB 655, which among other changes, preempts local governments from...
  • PR Watch: ALEC spawned blockade of Florida paid sick time efforts

     
    New York City is poised to adopt paid sick day protections for workers there soon, but thanks to the corporate advocacy group ALEC, a “kill shot” is being delivered to similar efforts across the county, including Florida, according to PR...
  • House passes Orange-inspired sick-leave bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — In a move inspired by Orange County's fight last year over paid sick-time, the Florida House voted mostly along party lines Thursday to block local governments from adopting their own stronger worker wage and sick-leave protections....
  • Hartage eyes a return to Orange County Commission

     
    The race for next year’s open Orange County District 6 post may soon get a familiar and formidable name: former Commissioner Homer Hartage. Hartage, a Democrat, left the board in 2006 and has been working on a business venture since then. Yet he&#...
  • Bill seeks subsidy for proposed Orlando soccer stadium

     
    By David Royse, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Up to two Major League Soccer franchises would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature, a nod to Orlando's bid to bring an...
  • Precourt amends local wage, benefit ban bill, carves out exceptions

     
    It's hard to keep track, but state Rep. Steve Precourt, R-Orlando, appears to be willing to carve out local exceptions to a bill he's filed to block cities and counties from passing stronger wage and benefit protections for workers. An amendment to his...
  • Gardiner says new Expressway board will keep Dyer

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Looks like Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer might get to keep his seat on a new regional toll authority after all. A bill, SB 952, advancing through the Senate would fold the expressway authorities in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake...
  • Bill Nelson talks to News 13 about Marco Rubio

     
    Sen. Bill Nelson talks at Florida Hospital last month. Photo credit: Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: In public-affairs programming this weekend: ***Sen. Bill Nelson discusses the economy, the sequestration cuts and...