House Appropriations Committee

Gambling Bill Remains A Long ShotDespite narrow approval by a House committee Tuesday, odds remain long that lawmakers will sign off on a gambling proposal that could do away with dog racing, pave the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida and open the door for slot machines in Lee and Palm Beach counties.
House, Senate Move Closer On Revamping Child Welfare The Florida Legislature is poised to pass a landmark measure that would overhaul the state’s troubled child-welfare system, as the House and Senate versions of the proposal moved closer together Monday.
Committee Gives Thumbs Up To $1M Medical Marijuana ResearchMembers of Florida's House Appropriations Committee have given the go-ahead to allocating $1 million for medical marijuana research.
Auto Fee Rollback Deal Moving Closer To PassageThe Florida House is at odds with the Senate over a plan to reduce fees for motorists in the Sunshine State. The Senate wants the rollbacks to happen all at once while the House is putting together a plan that would phase in the reductions.
Fla. House Plans 8-Percent Tuition HikePitting the chamber against the wishes of Gov. Rick Scott, the House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending plan that calls for an 8-percent college tuition increase, continuing an effort to shift more of the cost in higher education to students instead of taxpayers.
House Committee Reverses Opinion On Pill Mill Data BaseIn a major reversal, a House committee on Tuesday went along with using a prescription-drug database to help combat widespread abuse of painkillers.
Union Reforms Moving Through LegislatureThe latest attempt by a state legislature to take away the political clout unions hold is moving through the Florida Legislature.