Tag: Sen. Jack Latvala
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 9/21/21-Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, center, is joined by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, left, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, during the ringing of the bell ceremony to honor 18 fallen firefighters whose names were added to the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial behind Patronis, Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Peter SchorschJuly 21, 2017
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An organization representing the interests of Florida’s private colleges and universities released a “presidential honor roll” thanking some of the state’s top lawmakers for the historic increase in  financial aid for Sunshine State students in the 2017 Legislative Session. The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida lobbies on behalf of about 30 private not-for-profit schools […]

Michael MolineJune 8, 2017
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The Senate rejected amendments Thursday that might have blocked a meeting of minds with the House on public schools funding — including bids to tie the legislation explicitly to economic development investments. “These issues have been parsed out separately,” said Sen. Gary Farmer, who offered both amendments. “Let’s put them together. And let’s candidly assert […]

Michael MolineJune 7, 2017
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The Senate’s frustration at the cosy new relationship between Gov. Rick Scott and the House showed during debate in the Committee on Commerce and Tourism on a compromise economic incentives and tourism-marketing plan. Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, presenting the bill, noted the criticism over “backroom dealmaking” involving the budget approved during an extended regular session […]

Staff ReportsMay 8, 2017
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The Senate approved a roughly $83 billion state spending plan during a legislative overtime Monday, including a raft of conforming bills implementing House and Senate priorities on matters including public schools, colleges, and universities. The 34-4 vote sent the General Appropriations Act to the House, which later approved it on a 98-14 vote. The annual ‘sine die’ ceremony, […]


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