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  • 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...
  • 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”...
  • F Charters don’t face automatic closure

     
    Half of the elementary and middle schools that got Fs when the state handed out letter grades a couple of weeks ago were charter schools, although they account for only a fraction of Florida's public schools, as we reported in a story over the weekend....
  • Orlando redistricting hearing packs the house — with the House

     
    The Florida Legislature's redistricting whistle-stop tour is in Orlando this afternoon and has drawn a crowded house, and that's just counting the House members present. By our less-than-scientific tally, there appear to be at least 39 40 House and Senate...
  • State Board of Ed snubs public broadcasting in budget request

     
    By Lilly Rockwell, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The State Board of Education approved a legislative wish list Tuesday that excluded any money for public broadcasting, throwing the future of state-funded public broadcasting into...
  • Darren Soto speaks out on Fair District amendments

     
    The following is a My Word column written by State Rep. Darren Soto (D-Orlando) which ran in today's paper. I had the pleasure of reading a recent My Word from a fellow attorney, State Sen. David Simmons, on the Fair District amendments. While I agree...
  • Seminole bends legislator’s ear on school wants

     
    Rep. Larry Metz drove over to Sanford from Eustis in Lake County today to hear what the Seminole County School Board could suggest to improve education, and boy did he get an earful. The best thing lawmakers could do is butt out of running the  schools,...