Rep. Erik Fresen

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House Gives Final Approval To Testing Bill

Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation aimed at rolling back testing for public school students in Florida, even as critics argued the wide-ranging measure doesn’t go far enough to ease the burdens of high-stakes exams.

04/09/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant as he fields questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott Unlikely To Get Full School Funding Request

House budget writers unveiled an education spending plan Monday that would provide public schools with almost $47 less per student than Gov. Rick Scott proposed, and a key senator said his chamber was also unlikely to meet the governor’s number when a Senate blueprint is released Tuesday.

03/16/2015

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Facing South Florida: 2015 Florida Legislative Session Preview

State lawmakers convene the 60-day 2015 Florida Legislative Session on March 3rd. Jim sits down with State Senator Chris Smith (D-Broward) and State Representative Erik Fressen (R-Miami-Dade) for a preview of what might transpire in Tallahassee.

CBS4–02/23/2015

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

University Performance Funding Moves Forward

The House on Wednesday rolled out its version of a highly anticipated performance-funding bill for state universities, a measure that carves out the University of Florida and Florida State University from a formula proposed by the university system’s Board of Governors.

03/19/2014

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Miami-Dade Higher Ed Tax Approved

Voters will have an opportunity to vote on a whether a sales tax increase should be allowed.

01/17/2014

An artist rendering of proposed changes to Sun Life Stadium (Source: Miami Dolphins)

M-D Republicans Internally Fighting Over Sun Life Stadium

The Republican Executive Committee of Miami-Dade County issued a strong message to all local Republicans in the state legislature, don’t even think about voting in favor of the Sun Life Stadium renovation plan.

CBS Miami–04/05/2013

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Miami Beach Commission Votes No On Gambling Resolution

Miami Beach commissioners decided Wednesday afternoon that they are not willing to take a gamble on casinos. The commission voted no on a resolution that says casinos are a losing wager for the city.

CBS4–12/14/2011

(Source: Genting) The Hotel and Restaurant complex of the Genting resort is intended to evoke a view of a coral reef

Miami Beach Commissioners Set To Vote On Gambling Resolution

The City of Miami Beach may not be ready to take a gamble on expanded casino gambling in South Florida. Wednesday afternoon, city commissioners will vote on a resolution that says casinos are a losing wager for the city.

CBS4–12/13/2011

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Senate Casino Plan Will See Some Revisions

A Senate bill that would clear the way for resort casinos in Florida will be revamped, after lawmakers raised a flurry of questions Wednesday about issues such as the impact on longstanding pari-mutuel facilities.

CBS4–12/08/2011

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Fl. Legislature Considers Expanded Gambling

As the Legislature considers several bills that would alter or even expand gambling in Florida, the chairman of a key House panel said Tuesday the states need to acknowledge its status as a gaming state and find a more effective way to regulate the industry.

CBS4–03/23/2011