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Death Spurs Lawmakers to Look at Airboat Operators

January 22, 2018 - 6:45pm

Commercial airboat operators would have to complete a state-approved course before taking on passengers under a measure --- named for a 22-year-old woman killed last year --- that started moving through the Senate on Monday.

Backroom Briefing: Scott Gets Chilly Reception

January 18, 2018 - 1:45pm

Winter weather, which shut down much of Louisiana on Wednesday, put an abrupt end to Gov. Rick Scott’s half-day business-recruitment excursion to the Pelican State.

Don't Hold Your Breath for the SB 10 Reservoir

January 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

After receiving legislative approval last spring, a massive reservoir intended to help shift water south from Lake Okeechobee remains years away from reality, the head of the South Florida Water Management District said Wednesday.

A big factor in the timeline for design and construction of the reservoir is waiting for federal-government approval of its half of the roughly $1.6 billion project, district Executive Director Ernie Marks told members of the House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee.

Controversial CRC Environmental Proposal Is Dead

January 12, 2018 - 11:30am
Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Tom Lee and Herschel Vinyard

After drawing widespread opposition from business and agriculture groups, a proposal to redefine legal standing for Floridians on environmental issues won’t go before voters in November.

The Judicial Committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Friday unanimously rejected the proposal (P 23), filed by commission member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, with opponents saying it was too broad.

Backroom Briefing: House Budget Chair in Waiting Game

January 11, 2018 - 11:15am
Carlos Trujillo
Speaker Richard Corcoran expects to get through the 60-day legislative session without losing his budget chairman.

Irma Insurance Losses Top $7 Billion

January 8, 2018 - 5:15pm

Estimated insurance losses from Hurricane Irma have reached $7.2 billion, as more than 877,000 claims have been filed since the September storm, according to information released Monday by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

GOP Leaders Urge Focus as Mid-Terms Gear Up

January 6, 2018 - 3:45pm
Adam Putnam, Blaise Ingoglia and Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican leaders Saturday talked of the need to drown out media chatter amid predictions of Democratic gains in this year's mid-term elections and attacks on the GOP's unconventional president.

Backroom Briefing: Declaring UCF Dominance

January 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Tallahassee public-relations guru Kevin Cate has pushed Florida lawmakers the past couple years to acknowledge the existence of his alma mater, Alabama's Auburn University, through a specialty license plate.

Lawmakers Weigh Spending on Conservation Projects

December 28, 2017 - 5:45pm

(This is the third in a series of stories previewing issues for the 2018 legislative session)

When state lawmakers met during the 2017 legislative session, one of the biggest issues was a bill backed by Senate President Joe Negron to revamp how water flows in parts of South Florida.

Lawmakers aren't considering such a major piece of environmental legislation as they prepare for the 2018 session.

Irma Brings Ideas -- and Costs -- for Florida

December 26, 2017 - 1:30pm

(This is the first in a series of News Service of Florida stories previewing issues for the 2018 legislative session)



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