Florida Politics

Charlie Crist asking feds to require safety belts on all new school buses

Congressman Charlie Crist is looking to better protect students riding school buses. On Wednesday, the St. Petersburg Democrat introduced the …

Mosquito Zika bills by Darren Soto, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio pass panels

Two bills with Florida sponsors and cosponsors were approved by committees in both the U.S. Senate and House Wednesday to …

Sally Boynton Brown coming from Idaho to be new Florida Dems president

Sally Boynton Brown, executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party who also made a run for national chair this year, …

Vern Buchanan asks Rick Scott to direct federal anti-drug money into his district

Rep. Vern Buchanan is asking Gov. Rick Scott to send a “significant” amount of newly received federal anti-drug money to …

Florida AARP raises concerns about new GOP health care plan

Although the House has not released all the details on a revised Republican plan to replace and repeal Obamacare, the …

Legislative, Influence and Policy

House votes to shield college official searches from sunshine

Job searches for the top officials of the state’s public universities would be shrouded in secrecy under a bill passed …

Taxing question: House OKs bill forcing county tax votes only in primary, general elections

Legislation limiting placement of local sales tax referendum to primary or general election ballots and requiring passage with 60 percent support …
tax cuts

House passes increased homestead exemption measure

Voters next year could decide whether to approve a measure that would amount to a reduction in their property tax. …

Florida Senate votes apology for abuse at Dozier School for Boys

The Senate voted, 35-0, Wednesday to apologize for decades of abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and …
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