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Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child Welfare

House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.

04/22/2014

Florida Money

Budget Negotiations Begin In A Jovial Mood

Lawmakers began meeting as joint House and Senate negotiating committees late Monday, starting a weeklong sprint to craft a final spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

04/21/2014

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - MAY 24:  A couple is seen para-sailing during the first round of the Pure Silk-LPGA Bahamas Classic at the Ocean Club course on May 24, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Other Issues Anchored To Parasailing Bill In House

A long-sought effort to regulate Florida’s commercial parasailing industry has been weighed down in the House with tethered kite boarding and moored ballooning.

04/16/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

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

Locker Mirror

Legislature Passes Student Data Privacy Bill

A bill passed by the Florida Legislature would no longer allow school districts to collect student data like fingerprints.

04/11/2014

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House Passes Bill To Extend Carry & Conceal

People needing to evacuate their home during an emergency are a step closer to being able to carry a concealed weapon.

04/11/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Pension Bills Now Coming Together

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.

04/10/2014

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House Looks To Revamp Hospital Labor Deals

Under a proposal approved Thursday by a House committee as part of an all-inclusive health-care bill, the Miami-Dade County Commission could lose power to approve labor contracts with employees at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

04/10/2014

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House & Senate Set To Vote On State Budgets

The Florida House and Senate are prepared to vote Thursday on each chamber’s preferred version of the 2015 state budget.

CBS Miami–04/03/2014

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Fla. Legislature May Reject Consumer Protections

Florida consumers dealing with insurance companies may not get added protection due to trouble with state legislators.

03/28/2014

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