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  • Senate to move ahead with prison privatization plan

     
    TALLAHASSEE – A Senate panel opened the door Wednesday to give the Senate a second shot at privatizing 29 prisons in South Florida and eliminate some of the obstacles that led a Tallahassee judge to reject a similar plan this summer. The Senate Rules Committe
  • Florida Senate passes its own new map, over complaints of racial ‘packing’

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Over complaints that its work continued decades-old gerrymandering, Senate Republicans rammed through a proposed map for their own 40 seats that more evenly divides population gains over the last decade and maintains an electoral...

    Senate ready to vote on school prayer after major changes

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Substantial changes to an already controversial school prayer bill would allow school boards to set out policies for schools to allow student-organized prayer at any school event in a k-12 school. “What we try to do in this...

    Electronic Arts defends tax breaks for video games

     
    Video-game giant Electronic Arts Inc. defended its multimillion-dollar use of Florida tax incentives on Monday, even as some senators suggested they want to cut off subsidies for game developers. Craig Hagen, a lobbyist for Electronic Arts, told the...

    Needle exchange bill is moving in the Senate

     
    By Jennifer Curington TALLAHASSEE — A Senate committee has approved the creation of a needle exchange in Miami-Dade County, a place where drug users can exchange used needles and syringes for unused ones. It’s an approach that medical...