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Senate Budget Chief Jack Latvala Raps House

April 17, 2017 - 10:30pm
Jack Latvala

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said Monday he was glad to have made it "a third of the way" through the annual legislative session.

"Only 14 more weeks to go," Latvala, R-Clearwater, told the Capital Tiger Bay Club during a lunchtime appearance a few blocks from the Capitol.

Atwater Honored at Final Cabinet Meeting

April 11, 2017 - 3:45pm
Jeff Atwater

As he moves to a job at Florida Atlantic University, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Tuesday his more than 16 years as a Florida lawmaker and Cabinet member have been "an honor of a lifetime."

House Wants Cuts in Higher Education Budget

Bondi Holds out Hope in 'Water Wars'

March 14, 2017 - 7:00am

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this week to review a recommendation that would deny Florida relief in its decades-old water dispute with Georgia, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday the case is not over yet.

Negron Puts Spotlight on Higher Ed System

March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Joe Negron

Although he has three degrees, including a law degree from Emory University and a master's from Harvard, Senate President Joe Negron went back to college last spring.

It was a unique journey for an incoming legislative leader that took Negron on a tour of Florida's 12 public universities, from the University of West Florida at the western edge of the Panhandle to Florida International University in the urban center of Miami-Dade County.

Lawmakers Eye Higher Education Projects

February 22, 2017 - 11:00pm

From robotics competitions to Alzheimer's research to new state college buildings, higher-education advocates on Wednesday made their pitches to Senate and House committees for funding in the next state budget.

The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard presentations on about a dozen projects and initiatives. The panel has asked all institutions and programs receiving state funding to file reports on how money is being used and to highlight outcomes of the expenditures.

Nelson to Try Legislative Route in 'Water War'

February 20, 2017 - 10:30pm

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida's Apalachicola Bay system.

Nelson, Dunn Wade into 'Water War' after Setback

February 15, 2017 - 11:30pm
Bill Nelson and Neal Dunn

With an adverse legal decision in the ongoing "water war" with Georgia, Florida congressional members on Wednesday began taking steps to reassert Florida's claim that regional water policies are hurting Apalachicola Bay.

In 'Water Wars' Case, Special Master Sides with Georgia

February 14, 2017 - 10:00pm
United States Supreme Court

In a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River.

Senators Move Forward with State College Changes

February 6, 2017 - 10:30pm

A bill that would create a new governance board for state colleges and limit their ability to expand baccalaureate degrees cleared its first Senate committee Monday, although the measure drew plenty of questions.

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