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Feds To Scott: Expand Medicaid If You Want Hospital Funds

Florida health officials want Florida’s Medicaid program to be expanded before they grant Florida Governor Rick Scott’s push for funding to help hospitals treat low-income patients.

04/14/2015

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Gov. Scott Signs Bill To Limit Standardized Tests

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill aimed at rolling back the number of tests given to public school students, capping off a discussion that saw Florida Republicans ease back at least slightly on a longstanding principle of the state’s education-reform movement.

04/14/2015

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House, Senate On Different Gambling Tracks

House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

03/26/2015

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House Unanimously Approves Testing Bill

The House approved a bill that would lower the amount of tests given at Florida public schools.

03/18/2015

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Alimony Reform Bill Again Stirs Passions On Both Sides

A bill proposing to end permanent alimony in Florida is stirring up some emotional arguments in the Florida Legislature.

03/14/2015

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House Panel Blocks Medicaid Dental Changes

A House panel rejected a proposal to revamp the Medicaid program’s system of providing dental services to children.

03/10/2015

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Senators Clash Over Exemptions From Child-Care Licensing

A bill that would make clear national groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs are exempt from Florida licensing requirements is stalled in a legislative committee, sparking a clash between two state senators.

03/09/2015

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Lawmakers Look To Drug ‘Antagonist’ To Halt Overdoses

House and Senate committees this week backed proposals aimed at helping stop potential drug overdoses.

03/06/2015

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Lawmakers Considering Earlier School Start Dates

Florida lawmakers are considering proposals that would allow most school districts to start classes earlier in August.

03/06/2015

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Foster Kids Adoption Bill Headed To Senate Floor

With backing from Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, lawmakers are moving quickly to approve a plan that would provide incentives for families to adopt children in the foster-care system.

03/05/2015

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