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  • Scott’s SunRail freeze becomes leverage with Florida Legislature

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is delaying a final decision about whether to let the $1.2 billion SunRail commuter train in Central Florida move forward until mid-summer, long after the 60-day legislative session ends. The governor has kept $235...
  • Senate passes Ford Motor Co. liability shield bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has voted to shield automakers from some injury-lawsuit payouts in wrecks where a defective part may have caused an injury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that auto-makers could be held solely at fault for...
  • Senate pulls a fast one, will cut 6.5 percent from schools after all (sort of)

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Last week, Senate PreK-12 Education Budget Chairman David Simmons said the chamber's classroom spending plan was essentially break-even for school districts. That is, per-pupil student funding wouldn't see much of a cut, at all. But on...
  • Senate panel gives lawmakers second chance when court says no

     
    Still frustrated over the Florida Supreme Court’s rejection of several proposed constitutional amendments, a panel of lawmakers approved legislation Monday morning that would give lawmakers a second bite at the apple. The Rules Subcommittee on...
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursday to avoid a state takeover of the toll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...
  • Seminole asked to protest low school funding

     
    “We need your assistance.” That's the plea from Bill Vogel, superintendent of Seminole County public schools. He has sent an e-mail to the district's more than 8,000 employees asking them to yank the chains of local legislators to protest...
  • Heavily lobbied telecom bill goes to governor

     
    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature has passed a heavily lobbied bill for AT&T that would allow rate hikes and revoke most of the Public Service Commission's remaining power over the telecommunications sector. The company has gone to battle in...
  • Are Jeb Bush’s hands sore from “applauding”?

     
    As Florida's annual legislative session winds down, former Gov. Jeb Bush may get a break from clapping his hands in glee at the number of education related actions lawmakers have taken that meet his approval. Like a kindergarten teacher awarding  gold...
  • Orlando’s Awake the State rally slams Scott, local state GOP pols

     
    More than 200 protesters rallied outside Orlando’s chamber of commerce building downtown Tuesday night to denounce Gov. Rick Scott and local GOP state lawmakers who they say took part in “the most anti-middle class Legislature in Florida...
  • Simmons wants special session for ed funding

     
    Senate Prek-12 Education Appropriations Chair David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he'd like to see the Legislature come back to Tallahassee for a special session to address funding issues related to the vetoes issued Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott....
  • 5 Central Florida lawmakers are AIF ‘Champions’

     
    Six weeks to the day after the Legislature adjourned — actually, the final “day” lasted until about 3:30 Saturday morning, but who remembers — Associated Industries of Florida has issued its “Champions of Business”...