House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
House members backed Gov. Rick Scott’s push to reduce taxes on cell-phone bills and pay TV on Tuesday. And they bettered the governor, by $17 million, in rolling out a $690 million tax-reduction package that offers a slew of sales-tax holidays and eliminating taxes on gun-club memberships, college textbooks, materials purchased at book fairs and vehicles purchased overseas and brought to Florida by military members.
In a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals.
The Florida House approved a plan that sets incentives for state employees who adopt foster care children.
With backing from Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, lawmakers are moving quickly to approve a plan that would provide incentives for families to adopt children in the foster-care system.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner entered the legislative session Tuesday with a set of shared priorities — dubbed “Work Plan 2015″ — that includes cutting taxes, crafting a water policy and boosting education spending.
Pension reform. Gambling. Pot. Alcohol wars.
With the start of Florida’s legislative session looming, one of the first issues to be taken up will be new rules on the state’s waters.
Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A bill that would expand job opportunities in state government for Floridians with disabilities sailed through its first legislative committee Tuesday, buoyed by the support of Senate President Andy Gardiner. […]
Economists for Florida’s legislative leaders are being ordered to crunch numbers, rank and evaluate proposals before handing out millions in taxpayer money to professional sports teams.