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Twelve More Proposals Could Land on the Ballot

April 4, 2018 - 10:00pm

When they go to the polls in November, voters could face a dozen ballot measures from the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, under a plan advanced Wednesday.

The plan, which received preliminary approval from the commission’s Style and Drafting Committee, groups 24 proposed changes to the state Constitution into 12 ballot measures for the Nov. 6 general election.

The proposed ballot measures, if approved by the full commission, would be added to five proposed constitutional amendments already on the 2018 ballot.

The preliminary groupings combine:

Constitutional Panel Revises Ethics Proposal

April 4, 2018 - 6:00am

A proposal that would have prohibited governmental agencies from using lobbyists to influence the annual appropriations process in the Legislature was rejected Tuesday by a Constitution Revision Commission panel.

Superintendents Say Money May Not Cover Resource Officers

March 27, 2018 - 3:15pm

A new report from Florida’s school superintendents warns that despite a nearly $100 million increase in funding, there may not be enough money to post an armed school resource officer at each school in the state.

More Women Look to Online Classes to Earn Degrees

March 26, 2018 - 9:45am

More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors.

Packaging, Wording Key for Ballot Proposals

March 22, 2018 - 4:45pm

With 25 potential changes to the state Constitution before it, a committee Thursday began debating how to group and define the proposals that may be headed to the November general-election ballot.

‘Water War’ Could Keep Rolling Along

March 15, 2018 - 9:00pm
Apalachicola Bay

Even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new legal challenges involving the decades-old water war between the states.

Lawmakers Pass $88.7 Billion Budget to End Session

March 11, 2018 - 6:45pm

Florida lawmakers ended their 2018 session Sunday by passing an $88.7 billion budget, while Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that provides record funding for Bright Futures college scholarships and continues expanding voucher-like programs for children to attend private schools.

Legislature's Response to Parkland Shooting Elevates School Funding

March 8, 2018 - 4:45pm

School funding next academic year will be shaped by the Florida Legislature’s reaction to the mass shooting of students and staff at a Broward County high school.

Lawmakers Pass Controversial Education Changes

March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

More sweeping changes are headed toward Florida’s public schools, including the use of sales-tax credits to help students attend private schools.

House and Senate Agree on Funding Plan for Public Schools

March 1, 2018 - 6:00am

Lawmakers continued negotiations Wednesday on a new $87 billion-plus state budget, after reaching agreement on several major issues, including a funding plan for public schools.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the Senate has agreed with the House on how to use local property taxes to help fund the 67 school districts. The House had objected to using an increase in the local taxes, known as the “required local effort,” that came as a result of higher property values.



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