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  • Sublette, Jacobs talk school safety, ‘textgate’ at League luncheon

     
    Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and School Board Chairman Bill Sublette held court at the local League of Women Voters Hot Topics luncheon today and school safety dominated the discussion. Both politicians defended the recent $3 million move to...
  • Orange County Xway reorg bill is out

     
    TALLAHASSEE — As long expected, the potentially controversial legislation re-structuring and expanding the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has materialized in the Senate. But in a move to appease regional partners, the new authority...
  • Tax breaks that still get lawmakers excited: Soccer, space, defense

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Here's a formula for defusing the Florida Legislature's public squeamishness this year over its historic pattern of awarding major tax breaks to major corporations: wrap it in sports, space or national defense. A Senate committee...
  • Court temporarily strikes part of PIP law

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee judge has temporarily banned part of a massive auto insurance overhaul passed by the Legislature in an attempt to drive down personal injury protection rates. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis issued the ban on a part of the...
  • 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...
  • How long will it take to vote? News 13 explains

     
    In local public-affairs programming this weekend: ***”Flashpoint” looks at the Florida amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Moderator Lauren Rowe will talk to state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs; Deirdre Macnab, president of the League...