Changes to retirement plans covering hundreds of thousands of public employees started coming together Thursday on both sides of the Capitol, raising the prospects of success on long-stymied issues.
The House and Senate approved plans Thursday to spend about $75 billion in the budget year that begins July 1, setting up negotiations between the two sides over how much to devote to priorities ranging from education to child welfare to the environment.
This is the way the legislative session begins: Not with a bang but with a whimper.
Tax cuts, stiffer sex offender laws, expanding school vouchers and, as always, the state budget will be among the issues Florida legislators will consider over their annual 60-day session.
Christians and atheists may have found a little common patch of ground, the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as a space to express themselves.
The students occupying Gov. Rick Scott’s office waiting area were back to their routine Friday, telling personal stories of experiencing racism, despite Scott refusing their demands Thursday night for a special session about the “stand your ground law.”
Gov. Rick Scott rejected a call for a special session on the “stand your ground” law as he met late Thursday with student protesters who have spent most of the past three days camped outside his Capitol office.
Protests over George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case continue in South Florida and across the nation.
President Barack Obama continued to put the finishing touches on his State of the Union address Tuesday just hours before he’s scheduled to deliver what Real Clear Politics said would be a speech where Obama would “throw down the gauntlet to Congress.”
The Florida state budget for the 2013 fiscal year cleared its first hurdle Thursday after receiving overwhelming approval from the Senate.