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Senate Removes Long-Term Funding From Ambitious Springs Plan

The Senate has drained a recurring pool of money from a measure intended to provide long term protection and management of the state’s endangered natural springs.

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The families of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis joined a group of several hundred demonstrators, headed by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, in a protest rally on the streets of Tallahassee against the "stand your ground" law which they said gives someone a license to get away with murder.  (Source: CBS)

Trayvon Martin’s Parents To Address Legislators On “Stand Your Ground” Law

The parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are scheduled to testify Monday before a legislative committee considering changes to the state’s so-called “stand your ground” law.

03/10/2014

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State Report: Law Against “No Fault” Fraud Reducing Rates

Auto insurance costs will come down slightly, more than a year after reforms aimed at reducing fraud in the state’s “no-fault” auto insurance system were implemented, according to a preliminary analysis of rates by the state.

01/26/2014

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State Report Says Law Against ‘No Fault’ Fraud Is Reducing Rates

Auto insurance costs will come down slightly, more than a year after reforms aimed at reducing fraud in the state’s “no-fault” auto insurance system were implemented, according to a preliminary analysis of rates by the state.

01/22/2014

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State Senate Panel To Consider Changes To Neighborhood Watch Programs

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Senate committee will consider two bills which propose changes to neighborhood watch programs.

10/01/2013

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

Florida Senate Panel To Vote On New Redristricting Map

The Florida Senate’s Reapportionment Committee is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on a revised redistricting map.

CBS4–03/21/2012

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House, Senate Reach Deal On Prek-12 Funding

House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on the state’s education budget Thursday, little more than 24 hours after the first offers were exchanged on the $12.8 billion spending plan.

CBS4–03/01/2012

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Proposal Emerges To Create Adult Charter Schools

Nudged by a Tallahassee-based non-profit group, two lawmakers are poised to file bills that would allow charter schools and non-profits to offer adult education.

CBS4–11/30/2011

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Proposal Could Put Digital Textbooks In Students’ Hands By 2015

Florida schools may be trading in heavy textbooks for high tech tomes under a budget proposal approved by lawmakers Monday.

CBS Miami–05/16/2011

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Senator Alters Bill Aimed Loosening Class Size Amendment

A Florida Senator who sponsored a bill aimed at loosening the state’s class size limits said he’s made some concessions and is open to more discussion on it.

04/06/2011

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