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Thad Altman

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  • Online travel issue is back this session

     
    The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Three Republican lawmakers have filed bills that will refuel a debate about the amount of hotel taxes that online travel companies should pay. Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, and Senate Majority Leader Andy...
  • House GOP machine grinds over Senate ‘opt in’ for Citizens customers

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House GOP leadership split Tuesday over a Senate plan to let unregulated “surplus lines” insurers take policies out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. — but only if the policyholders...
  • High school sports bill squeaks by Senate 21-18

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A controversial measure that would loosen the Florida High School Athletic Association's rules on athletic eligibility for transfer students squeaked by the Senate Thursday morning by a 21-18 vote and is on its way to the governor's...
  • Fair Districts groups ask for map-drawing in the sunshine

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Three of the groups that backed the Fair Districts reforms and are challenging congressional redistricting plans in court now want the Senate's point-man to re-think his crash-course for re-drawing Senate districts. Lawmakers are...
  • A closer look at how a corporate tax loophole works in Florida

     
    Two weeks after the Orlando Sentinel reported that at least a hundred — and potentially far more — big companies have been reducing their Florida corporate-income taxes through an apparent “loophole” in state law, the Florida...
  • Altman: Rick Scott must be stopped

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's decision today to delay making a final decision on the $1.2 billion SunRail project until midsummer is further infuriating lawmakers who feel the new governor has no respect for lawmakers or their budget-wielding...
  • Merit-pay systems and the impact of poverty (again)

     
    As the Senate debated the teacher merit-pay bill last week, there was another impassioned discussion about whether a child's economic status should be a factor in the “value-added” system that would judge teacher success. Sen. Gary Siplin, D-...
  • Senate passes Ford Motor Co. liability shield bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has voted to shield automakers from some injury-lawsuit payouts in wrecks where a defective part may have caused an injury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that auto-makers could be held solely at fault for...
  • Florida Senate praises Space Day, blasts Washington

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Space Day in the state Capitol always brings out aerospace and engineering executives to sell Florida lawmakers on the virtues of investing in the state's space industry. Wednesday was no different. But it has become an increasingly...
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursday to avoid a state takeover of the toll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...
  • Senate budget panel scraps pension compromise

     
    Lawmakers from both parties squabbled over a new proposal to revamp the Florida Retirement System Thursday that emerged this week, after Senate leadership jettisoned a compromise crafted by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee...