Rene Garcia

(Source: CBS4)

State Senate Shows “Solidarity” Against Cuba Diplomacy

After sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama’s decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.

03/24/2015

(AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Health Expansion, LIP Program Divide Budget Proposals

In 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.

03/19/2015

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Health Dept. Slashes “Early Steps” Admin Jobs

Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

02/25/2015

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

Critics Warn Cuts Will Harm Services To Toddlers

Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

02/24/2015

(Source: CBS4)

State Senate Panel Supports KidCare For Immigrant Children

After lawmakers scuttled the idea last year, a Senate committee has backed a proposal to help immigrant children get health coverage in the KidCare program.

02/17/2015

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State: Old Medicaid System For Kids ‘No Longer Exists’

Arguing that Medicaid has undergone a transformation, state officials pushed back Wednesday against a federal judge’s finding that Florida has not properly provided health care to low-income children.

01/07/2015

November 2, 2014: A fire inside of a barn on SW 132 Avenue. (Source: CBS4)

Fire Destroys Miramar Barn

Firefighters responded to a fire inside of a barn Sunday night.

11/02/2014

(Source: Executive Office of the Governor)

Gov. Scott Presents UM With $1M For AIDS Research

Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Rene Garcia presented the University of Miami with a check for $1 million for HIV/AIDS research Monday morning.

09/22/2014

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Textbook Bill Survives Tight Senate Vote

A bill that would replace a statewide review of public-school learning materials with a local process narrowly survived its final Senate vote Friday, though the fate of a similar bill in the House remains unclear.

04/11/2014

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In-State Tuition Bill Moving Closer To Reality

The delicate process of granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants appears to be entering a key phase, as lawmakers work to bring competing versions of the legislation together and send a bill to Gov. Rick Scott.

04/09/2014

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