Tag: 2015 legislative session

Ryan RayOctober 22, 2015

Citing growing inequality between the “haves and have nots” and higher-than-average levels of poverty in Florida, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is pursuing legislation to establish a Commission on Poverty within the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity.  SB 556 and HB 371 would create a commission made of representatives from the executive branch, legislative appointees, and low-income Floridians […]

Phil AmmannOctober 5, 2015

Florida lawmakers gave no money for sports stadium projects during the 2015 Legislative Session. But that was last session. With a new application period approaching, Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority are expected to seek state funds for renovations at Raymond James Stadium. This week, the Bucs announced details of […]

Sally SwartzAugust 24, 2015

Florida lawmakers did one thing worth celebrating in this year’s Legislative Session: They approved, at long last, a law that protects residents from SLAPPs:  Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Two champions deserve special credit for the success of the anti-SLAPP campaign: the Florida Press Association and the Motion Picture Association of America. On the Treasure […]

Phil AmmannJune 19, 2015

Citing “blatant political maneuvering and a disregard for the wishes of voters,” few lawmakers can take pride in the 2015 Legislative Session, says Pamela Goodman, President of the Florida League of Women Voters. Her primary concerns in the recently ended Special Session A were notable failures in accepting federal Medicaid expansion money to cover more […]

Peter SchorschMay 15, 2015

As Florida lawmakers continue to face off over the multibillion dollar issue of whether to expand Medicaid, one of the fiercest critics of those opposed to such a plan is a prominent former member. Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano does not hide the fact that he is, at the very least, upset with those members […]


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