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Weekly Roundup: Final Apologies

April 21, 2017 - 4:15pm

Sometimes, apologies take a long time in public life. Other times, they come more quickly. And still other times, despite how the old saying goes, it is too late to say you're sorry.

Miami Republican Frank Artiles learned about the last variation the hard way this week. After making expletive-laden and racially explosive comments, Artiles offered apologies to his colleagues in the Florida Senate --- but that was not enough to prevent his resignation under pressure Friday.

Weekly Roundup: Haunted Houses?

April 14, 2017 - 4:15pm

It could seem at times this week like Tallahassee was being visited by the Ghost of Sessions Past. The hope is that the phantom will not bring about the same results as those old meetings.

Once again, a program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP, was in the headlines because of its potential effects on the budget --- something that helped cause a special session in 2015. And once again, lawmakers were putting some hefty policy ideas into the budget process --- something that caused the session to nearly collapse in 2011.

Weekly Roundup: All About the Benjamins

Senate Plan Would Lead to Fewer Student Tests

April 3, 2017 - 7:15pm

An effort to scale back standardized testing in Florida schools gained approval from a key Senate committee Monday after a last-minute flurry of amendments aimed at gaining bipartisan support.

Weekly Roundup: Got any Summer Plans?

March 31, 2017 - 10:30pm

Speculation about lawmakers needing a special session is nothing new in Tallahassee; the ratio of legislative sessions to rounds of overtime rumors is roughly 1-to-1.

House Approves Judicial Term Limits

March 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Florida House on Wednesday narrowly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit Supreme Court justices and appeals-court judges to two consecutive terms in office, sending a major priority of Speaker Richard Corcoran to an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Weekly Roundup: A Third of the Way There (Maybe)

March 24, 2017 - 7:15pm

One-third of the way through this year's legislative session --- assuming that it wraps up on time --- some of the debates that will define the next six weeks are beginning to take shape.

Weekly Roundup: On with the Show

March 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

Like a movie sequel of questionable entertainment value that everyone feels compelled to go see regardless, the 2017 legislative session rolled into Tallahassee this week, mixing the usual pomp and circumstance with interparty acrimony.

House Looks to Clamp Down on Local Taxes

March 8, 2017 - 8:45pm

A wide-ranging bill that would rein in local governments' ability to increase taxes narrowly passed the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday.

Weekly Roundup: Strange Days Indeed

March 3, 2017 - 10:00pm
Rick Scott

A strange legislative off-season came to a close this week, as Gov. Rick Scott continued turning up the heat on fellow Republicans while the political jockeying to succeed him started fitfully moving out of the abstract.

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