-- Dismissing pleas from environmental groups, the Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an agricultural industry-backed overhaul of the state’s water management and preservation system that could force taxpayers to pick up more costs.
Scott reiterated his goals of cutting taxes, spending more on public education and freezing graduate school tuition. He did not talk about public school testing or the crisis in the state prison system.
The head of a Senate committee probing problems in the state's prison system has received a stream of unsolicited letters from current and former employees describing poor working conditions and a reluctance to root out corruption.
The House sponsor calls the bill a “contraction” of gaming by reducing the number of active gaming permits, but opponents say it would open the door to an historic amount of gaming throughout the state.
As Gov. Rick Scott soldiers on, he faces an emboldened Legislature that threatens to challenge him on an array of fronts from water to prisons to tax cuts. With a solid Republican majority of battle-tested senators and a new, veto-proof supermajority in the House, the GOP-controlled Legislature is the elephant in the room in Tallahassee.
As an actual candidate, Jeb Bush’s direct source of funds would be limited to $2,700 per person per election. But because he’s not officially running, his legal advisers contend he can chase unlimited amounts for his Right to Rise Super PAC.
A 24-year-old woman faces a DUI manslaughter charge after she crashed on Interstate 75 in northern Manatee County the SUV she was driving. A 2-year-old passenger was killed and the driver and 10 other passengers — including eight other children —were injured, according to Florida Highway Patrol.