South Florida lawmakers led the charge to give millions of dollars to private tutoring firms, even after revelations of fraud and lax oversight in the programs.
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South Florida lawmakers led the charge to give millions of dollars to private tutoring firms, even after revelations of fraud and lax oversight in the programs.
Success has many fathers in the Florida Legislature. The Miami Dolphins stadium deal is an orphan.
Following the end of the team’s efforts for a subsidized renovation, the Dolphins’ chief executive said the team will not pay for stadium upgrades.
More than 1,800 bills were filed during this year’s state legislative session, ranging from teacher pay raises to the contentious debate over Medicaid expansion.
State lawmakers increased the education budget by $1 billion and revamped the way Florida awards high school diplomas.
Gov. Rick Scott has 15 days to act on the record $74.5 billion budget, making this a “money year” for the governor in more ways than one.
Efforts to toughen up regulation of assisted living facilities fizzled in the Florida House.
Florida legislators used a bill to change wetlands regulations to block a lawsuit against the state for approving two no-bid, 20-year lease agreements with sugar and vegetable farmers.
State lawmakers finally agreed on legislation aimed at preventing a repeat of the voting problems that plagued the 2012 presidential elections.
Money would have gone to support building and maintenance projects at the nation’s largest college. But the bill never got heard in the Florida House.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa and Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, adds more oversight of religious homes and boarding schools, some of which the Times found flew under state scrutiny or remained in operation after the state cited t
The Miami Dolphins failed to reach a deal for a taxpayer-supported stadium upgrade on the last day of Florida’s legislative session.
Although the labor and delivery unit was not popular among legislators, it was part of a bill that contained many member priorities.
On a smooth-sailing final day of the 2013 session, the Florida Legislature approved a record $74.5billion budget.
Without a deal on health care, business owners across the state face the predicament of either paying to provide health insurance for their employees or facing federal government fines.
A House vote on a the governor’s long-sought manufacturing tax break fell 12 votes short of a two-thirds vote. Democrats say that wasn’t enough, and they’re willing to challenge it in court.
The bill approved by lawmakers and awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature will steer homeowners away from Citizens without boosting their rates.
An elections law bill to fix the long lines that angered scores of voters in the 2012 presidential election is stalled in the Florida Legislature.
Florida justices, in a ruling hailed by civil libertarians, just made it harder for police to seize your cellphone and shuffle through the contents.
Senate moves ahead with plan to allow trauma centers to be built in rural counties.
A piece of the controversial ‘trigger bill’ is added to legislation that would hold charter schools more accountable for their finances and management.
The bill is backed by environmental groups and sugar farmers, and its sponsors have said it marks a truce in a long-running dispute.
Governor stops by, but dodges questions on health care reform.
As the Legislature enters its final day, The Miami Dolphins still do not have a deal on a taxpayer-supported stadium upgrade.
Supporters say bill is not ‘ideal,’ but it’s headed in the right direction.
The Florida Virtual School says a change to the state’s education financing formula will hurt its bottom line.
Utilities must be able to demonstrate they can complete construction of a nuclear power plant. If they can’t, they won’t be allowed to collect advance money.
Our good ol’ boys in Tallahassee surely do resent those meddlers from Washington sticking their big government noses in Florida’s business. “We know what’s best for Florida,” they’re fond of saying.
Facing a midnight deadline, Gov. Rick Scott acted minutes after the Legislature passed the second of his two session priorities a three-year sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment purchases.
Despite assurances early on that it was a priority, the Legislature just can’t come to an agreement on statewide health care expansion.
PolitiFact Florida found the claim by “Friends of Miami First” in a mailer to be Half True because it was largely based on a 2010 study.
For more than 10 hours Wednesday, lawmakers sat and listened to the drone-like voice of “Mary,” a robotic auto-reader used to speed through hundreds of pages of legislative text.
In Tallahassee, a flurry of deals were struck behind closed doors and at late night meetings on policy and spending decisions affecting millions of dollars.
A last-ditch effort by South Florida lawmakers to keep millions of dollars flowing to private tutoring companies suffered a resounding defeat on Wednesday, giving Florida school districts control over $100 million in federal education money for the first time in a decade.
Democrats in the Florida House continued to use procedural tactics to slow down the legislative process Wednesday, part of a protest against the Legislature’s non-action on healthcare reform.
The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday giving young adults in state custody the option of remaining until age 21 – three years longer than in current law – to reduce their chances of ending up homeless, jobless or in jail.
The emails between the leaders and consultants of what’s known as the Fair Districts Coalition became a central piece of evidence in the Republican-led Legislature’s legal defense of the congressional districts it drew in 2012.
Democrats and Republicans faced off in a bitter, partisan and bizarre standoff in the Florida House on Wednesday, throwing the legislative session into chaos.
After an outcry from educators, Florida lawmakers decided to speed up the release of teacher pay raises.
In a surprise vote, the Florida Senate killed a proposal that would let parents demand changes at failing public schools. Critics said it would have opened the door to school privatization.
The Florida House on Tuesday rejected attempts to repeal a controversial state law that allows utility companies to charge customers for nuclear power plant development in advance of construction.
A Florida Senate bill to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp. passed the House on Tuesday, after lawmakers removed provisions that would raise rates on new policyholders.
Protesting the Houses resistance to accept federal healthcare money, Democrats invoked a rare rule to demand that every bill be read in its entirety.
Amendment would allow cell phone records to be used as evidence in the event of a crash. That’s not in the Senate version of the bill.
Plan would have steered new state and county workers into a private investment plan that would have taken burden off taxpayers.
Brittany Norman, a 25-year-old Tallahassee woman with Down syndrome, had a message for Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday: Sign the bill.
South Florida school officials pushed back at the Legislature’s original timetable, and argued not enough money is being provided.
The bill was aimed at cutting down on the number of people who have been on Death Row for 20 or 30 years.
Lawmakers must wait until Thursday before they can vote on the $74.5 billion budget, which represents a $4.5 billion increase from last year.
A proposal to limit the liability of doctors in medical malpractice cases got snagged by concerns that it could open the door to insurance companies seeking gun information on patients
A sophomore state representative from West Kendall is making a name for himself in Tallahassee.
Senate plan relies on $51 billion in federal funding, but the House plan uses only state money. The two chambers can’t come to an agreement.
State lawmakers agreed to deliver $91 million for their construction and maintenance needs — more than last year but not as much as the governor and House wanted.
The Miami Dolphins underwrote the $4.78 million cost of a referendum on whether the club gets tax money to help retrofit Sun Life Stadium.
The amicable relationship between the House and Senate this session has led to a spate of bills resolving long-fought turf battles and big-picture reforms.
State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, a Republican from Panama City, and environmental activists often butt heads in Tallahassee.
State lawmakers often complain about Washington’s top-down governance, but they, too, push bills that strip power away from city and county governments.
The Senate again delayed voting on a bill allowing the Miami Dolphins to use taxpayer money to renovate the stadium. The House is waiting for the Senate to act.
Employees would get a raise of at least $1,000 under a deal struck by House and Senate negotiators.
The First Amendment Foundation, a watchdog group, called a bill to block off public access to some information ‘bad public policy.’
For the first time in years, theres plenty of money in the pot. And South Florida legislators are poised to make sure some of it winds up back home.
The video featuring South Florida moms praising the controversial parent trigger bill is tied to a mysterious grassroots group known as the Sunshine Parents, but it was actually produced by a group in California.
The House, as expected, signed off on a health care plan to provide health coverage to about 130,000 Floridians, using up to $300 million in state funds.
The Senate wanted to repeal the tax break for insurers and use the money to cut motor vehicle registration fees, saving Florida drivers about $220 million.
Gov. Scott, who has said he doesnt support a tuition increase, might veto the plan.
Email addresses of voters will be secret under a bill the House passed and sent to the Senate Thursday.
Republicans refuse to accept Senate plan that includes accepting $51 billion in federal funds. The plan would ensure more than 1 million low-income Floridians have coverage.
The new state law limits how police can use unmanned drones for surveillance.
A proposal to limit the legal arguments used by lawyers for death row inmates in the post-conviction process will now be considered by the state Senate.
In a 24-15 vote, the Florida Senate voted to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp., potentially raising rates for all new policyholders.
The 100-page bill seeks to shrink the level of risk carried by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. by raising its rates and forcing its policyholders into the private market.
Florida legislators reached agreement on major ethics and campaign finance bills, declaring them landmark reforms and sending them off for the governor’s review.
It will be up to the Florida Senate to decide whether athletic association will lose some of its power to govern high school sports.
It's Day 51 of the Session, and all eyes will be on the Senate floor, which will start at 9 a.m.
The Senate approved a bill tightening oversight of Florida’s assisted living facilities, but the House version is stuck in committee.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s attempts to require all agencies to post their contracts to a secure public website has been dealt a setback as the House and other Cabinet officers oppose it.
Former senator says bills making their way through the state Legislature would be harmful to Florida’s wetlands.
Proponents of the Florida High School Athletic Association are on their defensive heels as those trying to revamp how high school sports are managed in Florida are driving with the ball as the clock runs down.
‘Great Floridian’ awards are being bestowed on a record number list of honorees, ranging from Juan Ponce de Leon to Walt Disney to Tim Tebow.
Floridas ancient oil fields may or may not be a potential place to plumb for oil and gas using new hydraulic fracking technologies but legislators say they want chemical disclosure rules in place anyway.
A measure heading to the Senate floor would raise the threshold for anyone suing a nursing home for severe misconduct.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a sweeping education bill that will overhaul high school graduation requirements and allow the states top universities to create new online programs.
As lawmakers debate an alternative plan to expanding Medicaid, they may leave Tallahassee with no plan at all.
A new branding logo for Enterprise Florida has drawn some heat for neglecting women by featuring a symbol of male business attire.
Plan would prohibit anyone from helping a voter they didn’t already know, and limit help to 10 voters.
Only two weeks remain in the 2013 session and Gov. Rick Scott’s legislative priorities are in serious disarray.
The agreement reached by House and Senate budget negotiators sets up a fight with Gov. Rick Scott, who wants all teachers to receive salary increases.
Senate Republicans seem willing to join Democrats in supporting a massive healthcare expansion, but many House Republicans are not convinced.
Public input has been limited in the debate over a state-funded tutoring program found to have paid people with criminal records and profiteers.
A group of dads and traveled to Tallahassee to push for fatherhood issues.
A divorced father himself, Lee says the courts need to catch up to 21st Century families. If his proposal becomes law, it won’t affect his own case.
A budget surplus producing the first pay raises for state employees in six years has been celebrated by lawmakers as a chance to make up ground.
Heated exchange comes during debate of proposal that would ban an abortion based on unborn child’s gender or race.
South Florida sports are in the spotlight and the Senate’s budget committee buckles down for a full day of voting on bills. Here’s what’s happening Thursday at the Capitol:
The hospital says the maternity beds are needed to avoid complications that might arise while transporting the baby or its mother to Miami Children’s after birth.
The lawsuit alleges the ban on casino-style games at adult arcades is too vague.
A bill to help the Miami Dolphins renovate their stadium with a state tax break is stalled — for now — in the House. The Senate version will soon go to the floor for a vote.
A bill that would put an end to permanent alimony, and encourage judges to split custody evenly between divorced parents, is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.
Proposal would control when and how drones, and the information they collect, could be used.
Seven teachers are suing the state for deploying an “unfair” system for evaluating teachers. They’re being rated on test scores of students they haven’t taught.
Florida House agrees to change that would save Miami-Dade, Broward and Hollywood each hundreds of millions of dollars.
Measure would require doctors to provide care for an infant born alive following a failed abortion.
A Senate committee approved two different alternatives to expanding Medicaid, making it clear that Senate Republicans are willing to accept billions in federal funds to provide insurance to 1 million poor Floridians, even if the House is not.
A Senate bill takes a more aggressive approach to ratcheting down the fee electric customers pay for nuclear power development, while a House bill leaves charges intact.
This will be the first time the measure has been heard in the Florida House.
The state Senate passed a measure designed to restrict alleged partisan activities by interpreters but would also expand early voting. Voting-rights groups say they may sue.
Elections supervisors say they think the practice would ‘disenfranchise’ voters and they want language taken out of bill.
Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, grilled a woman who rents her Broward condo to Sen. Maria Sachs.
Florida lawmakers are debating what to do with the abundant education data collected about students.
Bills in the Florida Legislature would compel health insurers to cover cancer pills the same way they cover intravenous or injectable chemotherapy.
Next week, legislative leaders will begin to meld the House and Senate versions of the state’s spending plan.
State lawmakers approved a sweeping education proposal that would create two distinct designations for high school diplomas.
A state agency says savings from the feds picking up the cost of Florida’s ‘Medically Needy’ program would more than cover the first decade of Medicaid expansion.
State representatives overwhelming voted in favor of a bill extending in-state college tuition rates to students born in the United States, but whose parents are undocumented immigrants. However, the Senate hasn’t yet had a hearing on the subject, lessening its chances of it becoming a law this session.
Gov. Scott signs foster care bill backed by advocates
After years of inaction, a House committee approved a bill that would prevent utility companies from charging customers for the development of nuclear plants before obtaining a license.
The bare-bones plan would cover disabled adults and adults with children, allowing them to purchase insurance using a state-based health marketplace.
Republican lawmakers are refusing to hear a proposal to offset an expected decline in the number of students eligible for state-funded scholarships.
Florida Senate Bill 1320 has to do with feral cats. And little to do with science.
Plan includes 3 percent raises for state workers, and money for Everglades restoration and public schools.
Lawmakers have largely ignored the massive potential premium property insurance rate hikes included in SB 1770, a bill moving swiftly through the Florida Legislature.
The measure, HB 155, was approved in response to a three-year federal and state investigation into illegal gambling at Internet cafes affiliated with a veterans charity.
The Miami Dolphins are looking to the Florida Legislature to seal the deal on taxpayer funding for a stadium renovation. In Tallahassee, the House and Senate are divided over how to structure the deal.
A bill to raise the hurdle for electric utilities to charge customers in advance for nuclear projects clears a committee after years of attempts.
New law prohibiting casino game look-a-likes is expected to put 14,000 workers out of their jobs.
Parents rally behind a bill that would enable public and private schools to have supplies of epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions.
The Senate version — for the first time in Florida — would allow elected officials to establish “blind trusts.” Some criticize the move as creating “cloak of invisibility.”
CEOs of the Florida’s safety-net hospitals are fighting a proposal that they say would slash their Medicaid funding.
A Senate committee backed a plan to rewrite the state’s noise law by barring motorists from blaring music from their cars.
The bill would require doctors who provide abortions to offer emergency medical care in the unlikely event a baby is born alive.
Following a sweeping law enforcement crackdown on a chain of Internet cafes, lawmakers outlaw slot-machine style games.
Florida lawmakers are moving aggressively to expand students’ access to online classes.
The controversial bill would require police to obtain a warrant from a judge before searching cellphone contents.
Floridas lack of regulations on Internet cafes and adult arcades opened the door for some owners with criminal records to remain in business with no protections for customers.
As another hurdle was cleared in Tallahassee, the Dolphins negotiations with Miami-Dade County over funding for stadium renovations appear to be edging closer to completion.
Citizens Insurance says it has done an extraordinary job of reducing risk since last year, but lawmakers are pitching sweeping rate hikes anyway.
The Florida Senate is set to vote on a proposal to end permanent alimony. Opponents say the bill is anti-family and anti-woman.
Florida legislators are considering a bill to allow needle exchanges as a way to curb HIV, hepatitis and other blood diseases among injection drug users. If approved, a five-year pilot program would be based in Miami-Dade.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Tuesday repealing a law that required tourists from Canada and other countries to obtain a special $25 driving permit.
A Senate committee continues the fast-paced push to ban electronic sweepstakes and adult arcade machines popular with many senior citizens.
House Speaker Will Weatherford seems open to the idea of accepting some federal dollars in crafting an alternative state plan to expanding Medicaid in Florida.
A Lakeland lawmaker is pushing a measure that she says would give student athletes more rights. The Florida High School Athletic Association says it would turn public high schools into “recruiting-frenzied sports giants.”
After a lengthy grilling, Citizens Insurance president Barry Gilway received a unanimous vote of support from a committee in the Florida Senate.
Enjoying a steak dinner on a lobbyist’s tab would still be banned. But a cup of coffee? Maybe not.
Will Florida be ready to launch its ambitious merit-pay program for teachers in 2014? Lawmakers say yes. Educators are not so sure.
Using sophisticated computer networks that rely on servers that set payouts and odds, the Internet cafes were running a gambling ring of illegal slot machines, police expert contends.
In back-to-back press conferences in Tallahassee and Miami, the Dolphins said it would be willing to repay much of the taxpayer financing, including nearly $50 million in state tax rebates.
Miami commissioners directed the city manager to confiscate video-gaming machines, approved an up-sizing of one of the city’s largest development projects, and asked the feds for the right to hire more cops.
Despite the insurance industry balking at losing a tax break it’s enjoyed for 26 years, the state Senate moves ahead with giving motorists some relief in fees.
Universities and colleges are getting more money from the Florida Legislature, a real change from previous years.
For decades, Florida Highway Patrol has shown deference to legislators because they set the patrol’s budget.
Former students have alleged that physical and sexual abuse — and even wrongful deaths — occurred at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
The Legislature remains a long way from offering the public real-time access to budget data.
Several abortion-related bills are making through the Florida Legislature during a session void of controversial social issues.
The law called for foreign visitors to get international driving permits before leaving their home countries.
The Florida Senate approved a bill eliminating many of the restrictions that keep foster children from participating in normal activities, like a field trip or sporting event.
Despite strong opposition from parents and educators, a bill that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons on school property got an early OK from a House panel.
The football team has also told Miami-Dade County it would pay penalties if it fails to bring major events, including Super Bowls, to Sun Life Stadium
An appeals court hears arguments on whether state leaders should have to explain under oath how they came up with redistricting maps last year.
Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s pretrial guilty plea in February allowed him to avert the possibility of up to 75 years in prison for fraud, money laundering and theft.
A controversial question has spurred an emotional debate in Tallahassee: Who should have the final say over a special needs child’s education?
Lawmakers are stripping $200 million in housing aid after receiving the same amount in a civil settlement with mortgage banks.
Hundreds gathered to pay their respect at the funeral service for former state senator Larcenia Bullard Saturday morning at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center in Miami.
Internet cafes across Florida could soon be forced to close their doors as state lawmakers move swiftly to outlaw the storefront operations.
The proposal, a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford, passed along party lines 73-43 after nearly four hours of debate over two days.
The Associated Press reports that Florida regulators will investigate a children’s cancer group connected to a sweepstakes network that is four times bigger than Allied Veterans.
The judges peppered an attorney for the state with questions about the constitutionality of a Florida law prohibiting local governments from contracting with companies that do business in Cuba and Syria.
Health Florida, a proposed new program, would subsidize private insurance policies for low-income families.
Proposals intended to stamp out cyber-bullying have raised complex legal questions for Florida lawmakers.
The Miami Dolphins, sure S. Florida will get a Super Bowl, say they’ll make county funding for stadium work contingent on landing the game.
A poll found that most Florida voters support universal background checks for all gun purchases, and also back Hillary Clinton over homegrown political stars.
Gov. Rick Scott is encountering more resistance than he expected from fellow Republicans on his signature issue: a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise for teachers.
Top Senate Republicans want to expand the state’s Florida Healthy Kids program to cover qualifying adults as an alternative to expanding Medicaid.
Stung by the discovery that the gambling chain that purported to be a veteran’s charity may have been a fraud, legislators are scrambling to give back thousands in campaign donations.
The job of lieutenant governor in Florida often gets little respect, but this year it matters plenty to the political future of Gov. Rick Scott.
Democrats in the Florida Legislature have filed a bevy of gun control bills this year, but the state has been reluctant to engage the gun debate.
As a member of the state House, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll filed a bill to legalize Internet sweepstakes cafes while she simultaneously consulted for Allied Veterans.
A Florida Senate committee followed the House lead on Monday and passed legislation to effectively ban electronic sweepstakes games operated at Internet cafes statewide.
A charter flight service operated by a prominent gaming lobbyist has become the airline of choice for the chairman of the Senate gaming committee.
Herald readers offer a mix of opinions on how Florida lawmakers should deal with school security in the wake of last December’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
The former lawmaker, who left office in 2012, was well-liked on both sides of the aisle during her 18 years in the Legislature.
At age 33, House Speaker Will Weatherford stands atop a political system that rewards those who win doing whatever it takes. He’s gone negative at times, raised big campaign cash, and espoused hard-edged GOP positions. What sets him apart is that he still comes across as extraordinarily likable.
The bill to ban online slot machines at Internet cafes, including maquinitas in Miami-Dade, was prompted by this week’s arrest of dozens of individuals connected to a statewide illegal gambling operation.
The probe into illegal gambling at Internet cafes has prompted a swift response from Florida lawmakers, who now say they will outlaw them and return campaign checks from industry officials.
Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis was identified by authorities as the man at the center of the alleged racketeering scheme to use a veterans charity as a front for an illegal gambling operation.
The state bill to help the Miami Dolphins pay for stadium renovations has broad support in the Legislature, but Miami-Dade lawmakers are split.
Efforts to repeal more than two dozen education laws show how public-school policy comes and goes in Florida.
An influential senator who has sought to place a moratorium on new Internet cafes said Wednesday that criminal allegations of racketeering and other wrongdoing in the industry should spur lawmakers to close the storefront businesses.
A three-year probe into the Internet cafe industry led to dozens of arrests, and the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, in what investigators say is only ‘the first wave.’
The Florida Legislature moved to repeal a 2012 law that requires foreigners to get an international driver’s permit in order to drive in Florida.
The bill would ban local law enforcement officials from using drones without a warrant or threat of a terrorist attack and prohibit information collected by drones to be used as evidence in courts.
Florida lawmakers are proposing a flurry of bills aimed at beefing up security at schools. One would enable teachers to carry concealed weapons on school property.
A Senate committee voted against moving forward with expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, suggesting instead an alternative that would rely on private insurers.
The controversial political slush funds are being replaced by political committees with tighter restrictions but with no contribution limit.
Opponents point to a decline in lawsuits against doctors and hospitals, and the drop in insurance costs, but proponents say its time to impose new limits on liability.
The governor appears to be wooing the support of teachers, but his GOP allies in the Legislature have other ideas about how best to improve education policy.
Is it true that Gov. Scott said education isn’t a ‘core function’ of the state?
There is seemingly a never-ending quest to chip away at public records laws.
The Dolphins stadium bill cleared its first committee in the Florida House on Friday, but only after surviving rogue amendments and tough rhetoric.
The state ethics commission on Friday dismissed a complaint against Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, saying it was no longer in the public interest to proceed with the case.
Politics often makes strange bedfellows, as will be obvious once again in the state Capitol Thursday. Here are five things to watch:
Several proposed bills in Tallahassee would ban existing county laws setting a “living” wage and prohibiting wage theft, among other protections.
A House committee gave swift approval to a measure that would limit how much the sugar industry would pay for Everglades cleanup.
The bill requires the Agency for Health Care Administration to inspect ALFs, rate them for consumers and revoke or deny the licenses of those whose staffers deliberately harm residents.
On a day when a Senate panel OK’d the Miami Dolphins stadium renovation plan, a poll obtained by The Miami Herald shows most Dade voters aren’t fans of the idea.
A major proposal to overhaul Florida’s property insurance market cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Thursday. It could mean higher insurance rates for Floridians.
A bill to make texting while driving illegal passes a House committee unanimously.
Voting along party lines, legislators give the thumbs up to a bill that would allow failing public schools to be turned into charters.
A bill that would help the Miami Dolphins pay for half the cost of renovating their stadium got the go ahead from a key Senate committee.
House Republican have a goal and lots of ideas, but no clear idea on where to start.
On the second day, the Florida Legislature will get down to business. Here are five things to watch Wednesday:
Republicans and Democrats in the Florida Legislature are rallying behind a plan to extend in-state college tuition rates to the U.S.-citizen children of undocumented immigrants.
A day after telling fellow legislators how a program for the needy helped pay his brother’s medical bills, House Speaker Will Weatherford acknowledges the program is financed by Medicaid. Weatherford is opposed to expanding Medicaid.
The governor says the states economy has steadily improved on his watch, and his top priority is paying teachers more money.
After the ritual opening of their annual session, legislators push through bills aimed at repairing their image with the public.
Refusing to go along with Republican Gov. Rick Scott and angering Democrats, a House select committee opposed a major expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Police would need court approval to seize pictures, text messages or other material on cell phones or other personal electronic devices under a bill approved Monday by a Senate committee over the objection of police and prosecutors.
In a conservative Central Florida town, people have trouble reconciling the governor they happily supported two years ago with the politician he has become.
As the Florida Legislature prepares to begin another session, lawmakers will make decisions on a number of pocketbook issues, including insurance, taxes and housing.
When politicians start legislating in Tallahassee, PolitiFact Florida will be checking for the truth. We’ll be in the committee rooms and at the press conferences.
South Florida lawmakers will have to stick together — and cozy up to the people in power — to win state money for local interests.
House and Senate committees studying the expansion of Medicaid in Florida could make recommendations before Tuesday’s start of the 2013 legislative session.
There are 59 new members of the Florida Legislature and they have a variety of different experiences. Here are the 15 locals.
The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed in Broward, aims to halt Citizens’ reinspection program, claiming it has illegally stripped discounts from homeowners.
Harry Sargeant is a Republican financial powerhouse, but congressional investigators have called him a ‘war profiteer.’
Medical pots sky-high approval cuts across party and demographic lines, with even GOP voters in favor, according to a new poll conducted for People United for Medical Marijuana, or PUFFM. Will the measure make the ballot?
A review of travel costs shows that Citizens Property has taken some steps toward frugality since the Herald/Times revealed in August that executives were enjoying lavish meals and five-star hotel stays at the same time the state-run insurer was aggressively trying to raise rates.
Paul Augustus Howell, convicted of killing a state trooper, would be the first put to death in Florida after being denied a federal protective review
Thirty-nine states ban text messaging for all drivers. Florida is among six without any ban.
Stand Your Ground is a good law that should stay the same, a state task force concluded. Critics of the makeup of the panel said they’re not surprised.
Top House and Senate leaders are skeptical about the idea of expanding Medicaid to more Floridians.
With his call for a dramatic expansion of Medicaid in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott the onetime outsider-conservative now is butting heads with some Republican leaders and former supporters.
Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg narrowly won a caucus vote to be leader of House Democrats, who are a minority in the Florida Legislature.
The announcement reflects a dramatic policy reversal for Gov. Rick Scott, who had long pledged to defeat President Barack Obama’s health care law.
A Florida law allowing utilities to charge customers in advance for nuclear power projects is proving costly for everyone, except the utilities themselves.
Gov. Rick Scott slammed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for giving out five-figure raises to some of its highest paid executives last year.
An Orange County legislator’s plan to stop his local county from enacting a living wage bill also would repeal the proposals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
Expanding Medicare in Florida would create 71,300 jobs and $8.9 billion in economic activity, say two consumer groups.
A measure that would allow for civil unions, granting legal relationship rights to people who aren't married, stalled in a Senate committee
The state plans to increase transportation spending to boost jobs, build more roads, and get the state’s ports ready for the Panama Canal expansion.
Citizens doled out big raises to its top executives while jacking up rates and fending off criticism over various scandals.
Once again, a bill is making its way through the Legislature that would eliminate red-light cameras.
As he pushes for a new multimillion-dollar tax cut for manufacturers, Gov. Rick Scott finds himself in the unfamiliar position of needing Democratic votes.
The campaign finance bill pushed by Republican leaders is coming under fire from an unusual source — the former budget chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
State leaders vow to make changes in the state’s contracting sytem after facing financial losses.
In an about-face, Gov. Rick Scott is asking lobbyists to help get his agenda through the Legislature.
A bill would rein in the amount of time that alimony payments could be required, eliminating the idea of permanent idea.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Dolphins have agreed to a countywide vote on using tax dollars to renovate Sun Life. But he may hold back funds if the NFL snubs South Florida.
I love sailing. So I have a friend with a sailboat.
Candidates for political office could raise up to $10,000 per donor under a new plan that critics say will also concentrate power in the party and favor incumbents.
Florida won a waiver from a requirement that school districts hire tutors, but the industry made sure the money kept flowing.
Florida’s two-decades-long push to shift state services to contract vendors has meant big business for a burgeoning industry of lobbyists.
Legal loopholes have allowed the growth of ‘anti-aging’ clinics in South Florida, making the region one of the top markets in the country for illegal steroids and growth hormones.
PolitiFact Florida checked out House Speaker Will Weatherford’s claim on Florida’s contribution limit and ruled it false.
State Rep. Daphne Campbell of Miami, whose husband’s car has received five tickets, is sponsoring legislation to outlaw red-light cameras.