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Florida House Votes to Kill Enterprise Florida, Cut Visit Florida

March 10, 2017 - 12:45pm
Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran

The Florida House of Representatives has thrown down the gauntlet and sent Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida to their graves, voting to cut both agencies in a vote held Friday. 

House Passes Six Year Ban on Lobbying for Former Lawmakers, Elected Officials

March 10, 2017 - 11:30am

The Florida House continued its legislative crackdown on lobbyists Friday, extending the statewide ban on former lawmakers and elected officials from two years to six years. The bill would make Florida the most restrictive state in the country for lobbyists.

Medical Marijuana Activists Slam Rigid House Legislation

March 10, 2017 - 6:00am

Medical marijuana advocates are furious over a new House proposal they say will severely limit both the availability and marketability of a life-saving drug in Florida.

State Attorney to Investigate Andrew Gillum Illegal Email Scandal

March 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

Looks like Tallahassee Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum has found himself in hot water once more over illegally using his government email for personal and campaign use. On Thursday, the State Attorney’s office officially announced it was opening a probe into the issue.

Senate Gears Up to Expand Bright Futures Scholarships, Increase Graduation Rates

March 9, 2017 - 6:15pm

The full Senate is prepped and ready to take up Senate President Joe Negron’s $1 billion higher education bill this week. Under the proposal, SB 2 -- called the  “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017” -- state universities would be required to block tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state full time students by 2018.  

State Lawmakers Team Up for Bill to Condemn Violence at Dozier School for Boys

March 9, 2017 - 10:30am
Burial site at the Dozier School

Two state lawmakers want Florida to officially apologize for widespread abuses at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.  

Bob Buckhorn Opts Out of Running for Governor in 2018

March 9, 2017 - 8:15am

The Democratic primary field for the 2018 gubernatorial race will be a little less crowded -- on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced he would not be running for the job despite being widely rumored to make a bid next year. 

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Flies Off the Handle with Airbnb in Trump-Esque Twitter War

March 8, 2017 - 11:30am

Sunshine State News has apparently poked the bear with Miami Beach Mayor and possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine, who recently launched into Donald Trump-esque Twitter and Facebook tirades over an article SSN posted about the popular homesharing site, Airbnb.

Anitere Flores Kills Off Pro-Gun Bills, But at What Cost?

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

Sen. Greg Steube entered into his first year as a state senator with big hopes of passing sweeping pro-gun bills in Florida. But it appears one of the state’s top lawmakers has put the kabosh on his ambitions early, sending his gun bills to the legislative graveyard on the first day of session.

A Resilient Rick Scott Vows to Fight for Tax Cuts, Education, Jobs in State of State Address

March 7, 2017 - 1:00pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott stood at the podium, looking out onto the hundreds of lawmakers listening to his every word. The room was crowded, with people who had traveled from all over the state to hear him speak. A sense of excitement -- and tension -- filled the air. 

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