Mark Pafford

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

Lower LIP Funding Sets Stage For Session Debate

Florida can anticipate about $1 billion in funding for a health-care program at the center of a state budget standoff, a high-ranking federal official wrote in a letter Thursday, giving lawmakers a better idea of what to expect when they begin a special session next month.

05/21/2015

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House Passes Abortion Waiting Period Bill

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

04/22/2015

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

Education Changes Approved By House

Charter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.

03/27/2015

Florida water table levels were impacted by the Japanese earthquake-tsunami, here water levels can be seen in a file photo of Lake Okeechobee during the 2007 drought.  (Source: Getty Images)

Lawmakers Wade Into Amendment 1 Policy, Funding

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.

02/24/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott Rarely Wielded Veto Pen In 2014

Gov. Scott signed the last bill left over from the spring legislative session on Wednesday, leaving unscathed an almost historically high amount of the legislation approved this year.

06/25/2014

Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL, speaks during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on Cruise Industry Oversight March 1, 2012 at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nelson No Longer Coy About Governor’s Race

After months of playing coy, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for the first time on Tuesday publicly acknowledged he is keeping open the option of running for governor.

11/19/2013

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House Cuts Proposed Raise For State Workers

State workers who were looking forward to a proposed $1,400 pay increase may have to do with less.

CBS4–04/11/2013

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House Panel Approves Miami-Dade Syringe Exchange Program

A pilot program for syringe and needle exchanges in Miami-Dade County in an effort to curb the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis has received approval from a House subcommittee.

CBS4–03/27/2013

Florida Capitol

Florida Republican Leaders Warming Up To Obamacare

After more than two years of fighting the federal health overhaul, Florida Republican leaders say they need to prepare to carry out the law.

CBS4–11/17/2012