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Education Changes Approved By House

Charter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.

03/27/2015

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House, Senate On Different Gambling Tracks

House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

03/26/2015

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Lawmakers Eye Major Changes In Mental Health Services

The House and the Senate are proposing major overhauls in mental health services.

03/25/2015

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Bill Would Boost Power Of Nurse Practitioners

Wading into a fierce debate in the health-care industry, a House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would increase the authority of advanced registered nurse practitioners to care for patients.

03/25/2015

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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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Hometown Projects Fill Out Legislative Budget Plans

As the House and Senate prepare to hammer out a $4.2 billion divide in budget proposals released last week, they have plenty of hometown pork to barter.

03/23/2015

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State House, Senate May Conflict Over Prison Oversight

The Florida House and Senate may soon be at odds over how to manage the state’s scandal-plagued prison system.

03/21/2015

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Senate Bill Looks At Testing Fallout

A Senate panel approved a revamped version of testing legislation Thursday, potentially paving the way for an audit of the botched rollout of the state’s new standardized tests and making clear that school districts would be repaid if the state recovers damages from the contractor running the exams.

03/20/2015

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Senate Proposes Money To Fight Citrus Disease, Land Snails

The House and Senate have a slight budget gap dealing with the state’s fight against Giant African Land Snails, but a sizable chasm is ahead in funding to slow a disease infecting Florida’s orange crop.

03/19/2015

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Senate Ready To Pass Evacuation Gun Measure

The Senate, despite continued opposition from some Democrats, is one step closer to passing a National Rifle Association-supported measure that would allow more people to carry concealed weapons during emergency evacuations.

03/18/2015

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