| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:02 AM
A controversial measure dubbed an “anti-Sharia bill” advanced out of the Florida Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, touted SB 286 as “an American bill.”
It would restrict judges...
| 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...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:22 PM
A push to "maximize local control" would mean local school districts would decide which textbooks to buy for every class taught in its schools. That's a time-consuming and expensive task that Florida's school systems say they don't want -- but the Florida...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 11, 2013
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
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,...
| Mar 19, 2013
One of the longest-running special-interest food fights in the state Capitol was renewed Tuesday morning when a House committee waded back into a debate over whether doctors should be allowed to charge higher prices than pharmacies when they prescribe...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 4:39 PM
You are underwriting insurance for 500 beachfront mansions worth a combined $2.6 billion.
If a big hurricane hits Florida and blows them down, you will be taxed to put them back together.
This is because the owners buy insurance from state-owned...