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  • Telecom companies seek tax changes that some say could rip big holes in state and local budgets

     
    Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and other big telecom companies are lobbying Florida lawmakers to exempt a host of digital items from the state’s communications tax, in an overhaul the industry says is needed to adapt to rapidly...
  • Haridopolos strips prison privatization foe Fasano of committee chair

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Mike Haridopolos stripped Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, of his chairmanship of the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee Wednesday as resistance led by Fasano mounted over a prison...
  • Telecom tax cuts advance, but sponsor promises changes

     
    Tax cuts sought by Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and the rest of the state’s telecom industry cleared another legislative hurdle Monday morning, though the measure's sponsor promised changes to allay concerns about the potential long-...
  • Senate says bye-bye to bike handlebar requirement

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Want to ride a bicycle with no hands? The Florida Senate says you can do that now. The Senate Wednesday passed legislation that would remove a requirement that bicyclists keep at least one hand on the handlebars while riding. The...
  • Telecom tax changes suddenly stall in the Senate

     
    Tax changes sought by big telecommunications companies suddenly stalled in the Senate on Thursday amid questions about the long-term impact to state and local government finances. The Senate’s Finance and Tax committee completely rewrote the...
  • Without debate, Senate inserts amendment to thwart Amazon

     
    UPDATE: They reconsidered and stripped the language out of the bill…And as quickly as it appeared, it has disappeared. In a matter of seconds, the Senate just inserted language into a broad tax-administration package designed to ensure that a...
  • Senate fight breaks out over pink rabbits and green chicks

     
    A bizarre flashpoint broke out on the floor of the Florida Senate on Tuesday morning over an effort to repeal a 45-year-old ban on dyeing animals such as rabbits, baby chickens and ducklings. In a last-minute amendment to an omnibus agriculture bill, Sen....
  • Senate opts to steer contracts to Florida printers

     
    Amid heavy lobbying from the printing industry, the Florida Senate decided on the final day of session to stick a provision into a sweeping economic-development package that would steer more government contracts to Florida-based printing businesses. The...
  • Senate passes $830 million business-tax break

     
    UPDATE: The House passed the bill. It now heads to the governor. Florida businesses would save $830 million in state taxes over the next two-and-a-half years, under an amendment tacked on to a piece of unemployment-compensation legislation today by the...
  • UPDATED: Tax changes for telecoms look pass Senate, head to governor

     
    UPDATE: The Senate passed the bill 39-1. It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. Tax changes designed to help Verizon Communications and other telecom companies suddenly seem poised to pass on the final day of session, just two weeks after the measure appeared...
  • Senate passes redistricting map amid complaints it benefits the GOP

     
    UPDATES w/ Florida Democratic Party response By Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate voted 31-6 Thursday to pass its response to a high-court rebuke of its once-a-decade chore of redistricting, despite objections...