Lee Blasts 'Hypocritical' House As Talks ContinueEven as a flare-up in negotiations on economic-development spending demonstrated simmering tensions between the House and Senate, lawmakers continued Monday to try to come to agreement in two areas that helped spark an ongoing special session: funding for health care and environmental projects.
Health Expansion, LIP Program Divide Budget ProposalsIn a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals.
Lawmakers Say Telemedicine Deal Likely This YearPointing to a need to increase access to health care in areas such as rural communities, a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders Tuesday expressed confidence they will reach agreement this year on a plan to boost the use of telemedicine in Florida.
Kidcare Expansion For Legal Immigrants In Jeopardy A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance coverage to the children of legal immigrants faces legislative roadblocks --- not the least of them the doubts of Senate President Don Gaetz.
Gov. Scott Pledges $90 Million For Everglades BridgeGovernor Rick Scott has pledged $90 million in state funds to build a 2.6 mile bridge on the Tamiami Trail to open the water flow in the Everglades.
Scott's Budget Proposal Not Winning Praise From LegislatorsState legislators are questioning the rationale of several items in Governor Rick Scott's $74.2 billion proposed budget.