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  • Divided Florida Senate panel oks bill to limit some testing

    Divided Florida Senate panel oks bill to limit some testing
    TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A measure to put some limits on standardized testing is moving in the Florida Senate after a strong debate. The Senate Education PreK-12 committee approved the bill Wednesday along party lines with Republicans voting yes. If...
  • Hospitals fret amid state-federal Medicaid fight

    Hospitals fret amid state-federal Medicaid fight
    A standoff between the state and federal governments over Medicaid funds for low-income and uninsured people has Orlando hospital leaders feeling like they are in limbo. "We are sitting in the middle of the road while chicken is being played between the...
  • Legislature needs to leave Florida's women alone

    Writing as one of millions of middle-aged, married Florida men with a wife and daughters, I'm fed up with pandering politicians putting the lives of the women and girls we love so much at such unnecessary risk. Like some perverted, perennial rite of...
  • Citrus industry really being squeezed in Florida

    Citrus industry really being squeezed in Florida
    As Florida's annual lawmaking session begins, state leaders are grappling with a bitter reality for the state's cash crop. Its very existence may be in jeopardy. "Our citrus industry is on the verge of collapse," State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Quincy,...
  • Divided Florida Senate panel oks bill to limit some testing

    A measure to put some limits on standardized testing is moving in the Florida Senate after a strong debate. The Senate Education PreK-12 committee approved the bill Wednesday along party lines with Republicans voting yes. If the bill (SB 616) becomes...
  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 5

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. STATE SUPREME COURT TAKES UP CHALLENGE TO NEW DISTRICTS The fate of Florida's 27 members of Congress is now up to the state's highest court. The Florida Supreme...
  • Testing back on track, education chief tells senators

    Testing back on track, education chief tells senators
    The troubles that plagued the rollout of Florida's new computer-based test seem to be solved, and the system will be able to handle the increased testing load expected in the next month, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told lawmakers Wednesday. "Today...
  • Transgender bathroom restrictions pass first hurdle

    Transgender bathroom restrictions pass first hurdle
    A bill that could force transgender people to use public facilities based on their gender at birth moved forward Wednesday. The Florida House's Civil Justice Subcommittee, on a 9-4 party line vote, approved a measure that sponsor Frank Artiles, R-Miami,...
  • Sheriffs' support gives boost to evacuation gun bill

    Sheriffs' support gives boost to evacuation gun bill
    A National Rifle Association-supported measure that failed to win legislative approval a year ago appears to have a clear shot of advancing now that it has the backing of the Florida Sheriffs Association. House and Senate committees Wednesday approved...
  • Online testing proceeding smoothly today, education commissioner says

    Online testing proceeding smoothly today, education commissioner says
    The troubles that plagued the roll out of Florida's new computer-based test seem to be solved, and the state is confident the system can handle an increased testing load in the next month, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said this morning. "Today...
  • Gambling bill a slap to the Seminoles

    It's one thing to introduce a splashy bill, quite another to make that bill a law. So my early betting line on the ambitious Florida gambling overhaul unveiled by state Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, this week: A real longshot. The bill (HB1233) has about as...