Rep. Erik Fresen
A second day of negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers over a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 seemed to highlight longstanding divisions between the two chambers even as legislators tried to come to agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voters will have an opportunity to vote on a whether a sales tax increase should be allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.