Gov. Rick Scott
It’s been four months since Gov. Rick Scott cruised back into office, but to some it might appear that the campaign isn’t over yet.
A National Rifle Association-supported measure that failed to win legislative approval a year ago appears to have a clear shot of advancing now that it has the backing of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
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.
Florida’s GOP-controlled Legislature kicks off its annual session Tuesday, one that could be consumed by plenty of high-profile issues — but lacking the intensity that comes during an election year session.
A lawyer for the Legislature is questioning the Department of Health’s proposed medical-marijuana rule, slated for a public vetting on Monday.
There will be more Wawas in Florida, just don’t expect to find one in a Wawa, Florida.
For years, debates about holding Florida teachers and schools accountable followed a predictable pattern: Democrats and teachers unions criticized the plans as being too heavily reliant on standardized testing, while Republicans pushed through the plans and insisted that measuring student progress ensures children will learn. This year, the terms of the debate have changed.
Any parent of a school-aged child knows the amount of testing in schools is intense in the state of Florida, but Tuesday morning, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order to suspend a standardized test for the state’s 11th graders.
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.
Gov. Rick Scott can continue to use a blind trust instead of providing a detailed accounting of his finances after a state appeals court tossed out a challenge to a Florida law on Monday.