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Florida Bond Deals Could Take Hit in Tax Overhaul

December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Florida taxpayers could lose billions of dollars in future savings under part of pending federal tax-reform legislation that would limit the ability of states and local governments to refinance bonds.

“This is down in the weeds, but it is extraordinarily important,” said Ben Watkins, director of the state Division of Bond Finance, after briefing aides to Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members on Wednesday.

Judge Weighs Legality of Abortion Waiting Period

November 21, 2017 - 6:45pm

Lawyers for the state asked a Leon County circuit judge Tuesday to order a trial about the constitutionality of a 2015 state law that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

But lawyers representing a Gainesville abortion clinic asked Judge Terry Lewis to issue a summary judgment finding the waiting-period law is an unconstitutional violation of women's privacy rights.

Weekly Roundup: From Eustis to Jacksonville

Democrats Campaign for Governor but Field Could Grow

October 30, 2017 - 6:00am
Chris King, Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham

The three top Democratic candidates for governor sat on a stage Saturday night in the Fiesta Ballroom at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and answered more than an hour's worth of questions on issues facing Florida.

Democrats Look for Momentum Going into 2018 Elections

October 29, 2017 - 11:00am

Buoyed by a win in a special election for a state Senate seat last month, Florida Democrats are using a three-day party conference to prepare plans for the critical 2018 election year when they hope to retain a U.S. Senate seat and reclaim the governor's mansion.

Bill Galvano Brings Policy Skills to Top Senate Post

October 23, 2017 - 3:30pm
Bill Galvano

Sen. Bill Galvano, a 51-year-old lawyer from Bradenton, will be designated Tuesday by Senate Republicans as the next president of the Florida Senate.

The Republican lawmaker will lead the 40-member Senate for the two years after the November 2018 general elections, assuming the Republicans hold their majority --- now at a 24-16 margin --- in the chamber.

State Board Approves Schools for 'Hope' Money

October 18, 2017 - 8:15pm

With 13 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida's new “schools of hope” law, the State Board of Education on Wednesday used the law to select 11 low-performing public schools to receive additional funding.

The schools will qualify for up to $2,000 in extra per-student funding over the next two years to carry out improvement plans that will include efforts such as tutoring, after-school programs, counseling and teacher development.

Hurricanes Leave Uncertainty in School Enrollment

October 11, 2017 - 9:45pm

The impact of hurricanes may be a complicating factor as lawmakers try to figure out how many students are in Florida's public schools this year and how many might show up next year.

Study Points to `Resegregation' of Florida Schools

September 27, 2017 - 5:45pm

Although Florida is becoming a more racially diverse state, its public-school system is becoming more segregated, a new study from the LeRoy Collins Institute shows.

Irma Insurance Claims Already Near $2 Billion

September 18, 2017 - 9:00pm

With 335,000 insurance claims representing $1.9 billion in property losses, Hurricane Irma has already exceeded the claims and losses from the two hurricanes that pummeled Florida last year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation reported Monday.

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