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Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time.

Florida Senate Bill Would Aid First Responders With PTSD

Jan 17, 2018
The Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters

A Senate panel has given the nod to a bill that would help first responders receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder without accompanying physical injuries.

Scott Pitches Proposal To Prevent Tax Hikes

Jan 9, 2018
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In his last State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked lawmakers to make it harder to pass future tax increases by requiring a “supermajority” vote by the Legislature.

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Senate President Joe Negron reiterated his chamber will have “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment or misconduct against employees and visitors, as he gave an opening address Tuesday for the 2018 legislative session.

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Gov. Rick Scott helped launch the 2018 legislative session Tuesday with a State of the State address that focused on issues such as holding down taxes, supporting law enforcement and addressing sexual harassment.

Senate Bill Would Boost Contraceptive Coverage

Jan 8, 2018
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Health-insurance policies would be required to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs without imposing deductibles, coinsurance or co-payment requirements under a bill filed Friday by state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation.

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Six bills from the 2017 legislative session became effective with the arrival of the New Year.

UNF

The University of North Florida is asking the state for $26 million to renovate and expand buildings  

UNF alumnus and Jacksonville State Representative Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, is sponsoring two funding bills after UNF approached him about the projects.


Sen. Jack Latvala
Florida Senate

UPDATE: Sen. Jack Latvala has announced he is resigning.

EARLIER STORY: Sen. Jack Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption, according to recommendations by a special master.

Florida House of Representatives

A House Republican who previously served on the Duval County School Board proposed a constitutional amendment Monday that would place term limits on school board members across the state.

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Updated Monday 12/18/17 at 11 a.m.

State Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, is co-sponsoring a bill recognizing pornography as the cause of a public health crisis. The bill’s primary sponsor is Ross Spano, R-Dover.

Lawmaker Seeks Year-Round Daylight Savings Time in Florida

Dec 15, 2017
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With the measure dubbed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” a House Republican on Friday proposed a bill that calls for Florida to observe daylight-saving time throughout the year.

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

House and Senate Republicans are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for such things as autonomous vehicles.

Property Tax Money Could Be Key In Education Budget

Dec 8, 2017
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Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers do not use an increase in property tax collections to support schools.

St. Johns River, Keystone Heights Lake Region Get Florida Senate Backing

Dec 7, 2017
Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Measures that would double Gov. Rick Scott's spending request for the Florida Forever conservation program and earmark money to improve the St. Johns River continued to move easily through the Senate on Thursday.

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