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Voucher Bill Passes House Amid Conflict With Senate

The House approved a bill Friday that would dramatically expand the ranks of students eligible for the state’s de facto school-voucher system, sending the proposal headlong into a squabble between House and Senate leaders over how to measure the program’s effects.

04/11/2014

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Textbook Bill Survives Tight Senate Vote

A bill that would replace a statewide review of public-school learning materials with a local process narrowly survived its final Senate vote Friday, though the fate of a similar bill in the House remains unclear.

04/11/2014

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Voucher Bill Set For Vote Friday

The state’s House stripped a key component of a measure which expands the state’s de facto voucher system, but swatted away Democrats’ attempts to make other changes to the bill, setting up a vote as soon as Friday.

04/10/2014

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Fla. Legislators Push For End To Greyhound Racing

outh Florida legislators are pushing to end a requirement which says greyhound dog-tracks must have on-site races if they want to keep card and betting games.

04/08/2014

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Kidcare Expansion For Legal Immigrants In Jeopardy

A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance coverage to the children of legal immigrants faces legislative roadblocks — not the least of them the doubts of Senate President Don Gaetz.

04/04/2014

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Gov. Scott Signs Bills Aimed At Ending ‘Awful Tragedies’

After a disturbing newspaper investigation and the murder of a Jacksonville girl, Florida legislative leaders vowed to get tough this year on sexually violent predators.

CBS Miami–04/01/2014

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Parasail Bill Soaring Through Senate

A long-sought effort to impose regulations on the parasailing industry glided Monday through its second Senate committee.

03/11/2014

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On Opening Day, Florida Senate Pushes Plan For Child Welfare Reform

Senate President Don Gaetz on Tuesday vowed to make reforming Florida’s child-welfare system a top priority of the 2014 legislative session, as a Senate panel continued its push for specific proposals to do the job.

03/04/2014

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Lobbyist Puts Professional, Personal Experience To Work For Medical Marijuana

Lobbyist Ron Watson has worked for doctors and dentists for the past two decades. But starting Monday, he went on a mission.

03/03/2014

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Lawmakers Could Lower Costs In Florida’s Prepaid College Program

Looking to make higher education more affordable, state lawmakers Tuesday moved forward with a plan that would lower costs in the Florida Prepaid College Program and lead to about $50 million in refunds for some already-enrolled families.

CBS Miami–02/18/2014

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