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Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption Ban

After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program — while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.

04/14/2015

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Testing Bill On Hold Amid Debate Over High-Level Courses

Legislation that would overhaul Florida’s testing program for public schools was in suspended animation Wednesday, as senators weigh whether to exempt some students in high-level classes from statewide standardized tests.

04/02/2015

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Senators Push For More Money For Land Buying

A number of Senators are pushing for more than $2 million proposed for the use of land purchases as part of the Florida Forever program.

03/25/2015

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Little Land Buying In Senate’s Amendment 1 Plan

The Senate doesn’t intend for Florida to acquire much land in the first year of increased funding under a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at land and water conservation.

03/19/2015

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Greyhound Injury Bill On Fast Track

A bill that would require reports to be filed with the state about injuries to racing greyhounds could lead the pack of issues when Florida senators start the annual legislative session March 3rd.

02/19/2015

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On Opening Day, Florida Senate Pushes Plan For Child Welfare Reform

Senate President Don Gaetz on Tuesday vowed to make reforming Florida’s child-welfare system a top priority of the 2014 legislative session, as a Senate panel continued its push for specific proposals to do the job.

03/04/2014

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Workers Comp Laws Could Face Changes

A new proposal, filed Monday could mean more requirements for injured employees in workers-compensation insurance cases.

02/24/2014

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Senate Panel: Crack Down On Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities

A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation — fast — that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.

CBS Miami–10/09/2013