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Uber-friendly bill passes House but Senate may hold challenges

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2016 at 07:58 PM

TALLAHASSEE — Uber and Lyft lobbyists are hailing the 108-10 passage of a Florida House version of a bill to take local control of ride-hailing companies away from local governments, but they still have a difficult road ahead with the Senate.

Bill legalizing fantasy games moves forward

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2016 at 03:00 PM

Bill legalizing fantasy games moves forward
TALLAHASSEE - A bill sponsored by Senate President-designate Joe Negron of Stuart to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports games passed out of the Regulated Industries Committee Wednesday morning, but not without a debate over whether the game c...

Anti-gambling group hits petition review threshold

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TALLAHASSEE -- The anti-gambling group No Casinos! announced today it has collected 100,000 signature s for its Voters in Charge ballot initiative and is submitting them to county election supervisors to be validated for judicial review.

Measure would let voters decide on statewide charter school commission

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TALLAHASSEE -- A House measure pushing a constitutional amendment to the ballot that would create a statewide charter school commission cleared the House preK-12 subcommittee Wednesday morning along party lines.

Joyner calls for reinstatement of pediatric heart standards

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Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, lambasted Gov. Rick Scott and the Surgeon General for getting rid of pediatric heart surgery standards that led to the closing of one private hospital's program, urging them to reinstate those standard...

Uber/Lyft regulations move forward

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TALLAHASSEE — A bill to create a statewide regulatory framework for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft cruised through the Florida House of Representatives this week but could face a roadblock once it reaches the Senate.

Lawmakers move to boost spending on special-needs students

Published:   |   Updated: January 13, 2016 at 05:41 PM

Lawmakers move to boost spending on special-needs students
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate was full of praise for President Andy Gardiner Wednesday as it unanimously passed legislation of his held over from last year to expand educational options for children with special needs.

Scott lauds Tampa mayor, job growth

Published:   |   Updated: January 12, 2016 at 02:29 PM

Scott lauds Tampa mayor, job growth
Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn was one of six Florida city mayors who received kudos from Gov. Rick Scott during his State of the State speech Tuesday, praising them for supporting his $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund.

Clearwater senator files sinkole fix-it bill

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Clearwater senator files sinkole fix-it bill
Senator Jack Latvala of Clearwater has introduced a “fix-it” bill for Florida’s sinkhole insurance laws that would expand coverage for homeowners in Florida’s “sinkhole alley” and elsewhere.