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Florida Universities Face Tougher Graduation Standard

Mar 30, 2018
Stadium Road at UF
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Florida’s public universities now have to meet a four-year graduation standard, with hundreds of millions of dollars in performance funding at stake if they don’t.

State Colleges Take Stock After 'Challenging' Session

Mar 30, 2018
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While state universities and public schools have seen significant funding increases in the last two years, Florida’s state college system has had less success in securing money in the annual budget process.

Gov. Scott Gets Final Batch Of Bills To Consider From Session

Mar 28, 2018
Brittany Clark / Flgov.com

Proposals to regulate airboat operators and to make it easier to order alcohol online were among a final batch of bills from the 2018 legislative session that have landed on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

Via News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed 30 bills into law, including a measure that could make more permanent a controversial pregnancy “support services” program and a bill that calls for placing a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol.

Gov. Scott Faces Decisions on 14 Bills This Week

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Rick Scott
Brittany Clark / Flgov.com

Gov. Rick Scott will act on at least 14 bills this week, including a proposal (HB 67) to create a slavery memorial at the Capitol and a measure (HB 41) dealing with “pregnancy support” services.

Cathedral Arts Project

Florida arts organizations are saying they feel like losers in this year’s state budget process.

Gov. Scott Signs $89 Billion Budget, Vetoes $64 Million

Mar 16, 2018
Brittany Clark / flgov.com

Moving quickly, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a nearly $89 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and issued $64 million in vetoes.

flgov.com

The clock is now ticking on Gov. Rick Scott to act on his final state budget.

Sen. Marco Rubio Files Bills For Year-Round Daylight-Saving Time

Mar 14, 2018
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., backed Florida state legislators Wednesday by filing separate bills aimed at keeping Florida --- and the nation --- on daylight-saving time throughout the year.

Corcoran at lectern
Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Backed by Gov. Rick Scott and other Republican leaders, a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes and fees appears to have broad voter support, a new poll shows.

hurricane irma graphic
Georgia Public Broadcasting

When legislative budget chiefs agreed during negotiations to spend $1.5 million on a study about extending a toll road north to Georgia, they started to lock into Florida’s new budget some of the 78 recommendations a House select committee created in the wake of last year’s deadly hurricane season.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Florida’s new school safety law is drawing criticism from educators around the state.

wedding cake
Matthew Sullivan via Flickr

In an issue that drew widespread attention during this year’s legislative session, the House on Friday gave final approval to a measure that will largely block minors from getting married in Florida.

Payday Loans sign
Aliman Senai via Wikimedia Commons

With little discussion, the Florida House late Wednesday passed measures to revamp regulations for the payday-loan industry and to expand the state’s resign-to-run election law, sending the issues to Gov. Rick Scott.

Hospital Agreement Ends State Budget Standoff

Mar 7, 2018
Florida Legislature
Via News Service of Florida

Helping end a budget impasse, lawmakers have agreed to keep a current Medicaid payment formula for hospitals and to increase funding for nursing homes by $40 million, the Senate’s top health-care budget writer confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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