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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio  (Source: CBS4)

Rubio Demands VA Changes, Reacts To Miami Whistleblower

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said recent allegations made by a whistle blower inside the Miami VA are both disturbing but sadly typical of the VA’s problems across the country.

CBS Miami–05/22/2014

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

State-County Dispute Over Juvenile Detention Costs Simmering Again

Both sides are unhappy that the Legislature failed to come up with a plan for dividing the costs of detaining young offenders between the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and county governments.

05/13/2014

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

Senate Opponents Tear Into Tuition Bill

Opponents of a measure that would allow some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates ripped into the bill on Wednesday as the legislation was poised for passage the Senate.

04/30/2014

Medical Marijuana

Senate Gives Go Ahead On Medical Marijuana Bill

The use of medical marijuana would be legal in Florida under a bill passed by the Senate.

04/28/2014

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

Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait?

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”

04/23/2014

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

House Backs Senate’s Coast-To-Coast Bike Trail Plan

A 250-mile bicycle trail across Central Florida, a pet project of the next Senate president, is on the verge of getting $15.5 million in next year’s state budget.

04/22/2014

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

Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child Welfare

House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.

04/22/2014

Florida Money

Senate Removes Long-Term Funding From Ambitious Springs Plan

The Senate has drained a recurring pool of money from a measure intended to provide long term protection and management of the state’s endangered natural springs.

04/22/2014

Florida Money

Budget Negotiations Begin In A Jovial Mood

Lawmakers began meeting as joint House and Senate negotiating committees late Monday, starting a weeklong sprint to craft a final spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

04/21/2014

(Source: collegebars.com)

Craft Brewers Oppose Senate’s Revised Beer Bill

A Senate proposal that would allow small craft brewers to directly sell beer in bottles and cans, as long as they limit how much beer is made for off-site sales, continues to leave a bad taste for the growing industry

04/21/2014

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