| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:41 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s anti-bullying law could be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to online forums under a proposal sparked by a Polk County cyber-bullying case that drew a national media spotlight.
Florida already requires public...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 10:29 AM
News Service of Florida just filed this report: A Senate Republican on Monday filed a proposal that could tighten requirements for injured employees in workers-compensation insurance cases. The bill (SB 1214), filed by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, deals...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 2:48 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A $378.8 million measure to restore and protect Florida's natural springs is being revised to make it more appealing to local governments.
The measure being pushed by a bipartisan group of senators — and opposed by...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs.
The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:32 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida policymakers are pitching major, politically perilous moves to save the state's most precious and imperiled natural springs.
And they may be inciting a new water war in the process.
A cadre of state senators is drafting...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 12:39 PM
TALLAHASSEE – A never-enforced mandate for the Florida Legislature to audit lobbyists could cost more than $1 million, a price fueling calls to repeal parts of the 2005 ethics reform intended to crack down on the chummy nexus of politicians and...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:31 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's 2,000-plus lobbyists will have another year to get their paperwork in order before the state Legislature launches long-delayed audits of their lucrative pay days.
A Joint Legislative Auditing Committee on Monday approved draft...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Orange County Democrats are miffed their GOP brethren in the county's legislative delegation opted to skip a meeting Monday night where President Obama's health-care law was slated to be discussed.
The meeting happened Monday night at the...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 4:36 AM
Last week, I wrote about how some Florida Republicans were so worried about Muslims infiltrating Florida's court system that they had filed a bill that was so flawed, the Senate's own analysts said it was potentially unconstitutional: ( “Florida...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Forty-eight hours ago, Sen. Geraldine Thompson stunned activists by casting the deciding vote in favor of a hotly contested bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Alan Hays, that would restrict courts from invoking international law in certain legal disputes,...