Senate To Take Up Local Pension Reform Next WeekThe Florida Senate on Wednesday is set to consider a bill aimed at shoring up the retirement plans for police officers and firefighters, amid worries over the health of local pension systems.
Local Pension Reform Headed To Full SenateAfter a sometimes-tense hearing, the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at shoring up local pension plans for police officers and firefighters.
'Thunderdome' Captain's Session: Pot, Beer And PizzaPension reform. Gambling. Pot. Alcohol wars.
Negron Zeros In On Dispute Over Juvenile Detention CostsFlorida's long-running conflict between the state and counties over how to share juvenile-detention costs is flaring again --- and a powerful lawmaker is unhappy about what is happening.
Pension Bills Now Coming Together Changes to retirement plans covering hundreds of thousands of public employees started coming together Thursday on both sides of the Capitol, raising the prospects of success on long-stymied issues.
Big Session Ahead For Juvenile Justice Legislation The Legislature is expected to take up major changes to Florida's juvenile-justice system during the 2014 session, looking to put more emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation for youthful offenders.
Playground Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee A proposal that could ban people from smoking in parks where children play moved easily through its first Senate test on Thursday.
FDLE Plans New Procedures After EscapesDespite two escaped murderers released through forged documents being found and back in custody, the head of the state's law enforcement agency said additional steps are being put in place to prevent a similar incident from happening again.