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Jacksonville elected officials would be able to serve 12 consecutive years instead of eight, if a bill passes the City Council on Tuesday.

Opponents of the legislation are touting a new poll that suggests most Jacksonville residents oppose more time in office.

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Jacksonville Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis is asking city agencies to report on staff demographics as part of their budget presentations next month.


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After four years of fierce debate, Florida lawmakers this week passed state regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

If Gov. Rick Scott signs the measure, all local regulations for the app-based transportation companies would be void.

One Jacksonville city councilman said the new law has him determined to level the playing field by deregulating traditional taxicabs, while another is hailing it as a victory.

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For the second day in a row, a Jacksonville city council committee Wednesday approved proposed workforce-diversity ordinance.

Despite some misgivings, the bill has cleared its last hurdle before going up for a full Council vote.


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The Jacksonville City Council is asking for conservation dollars to clean up First Coast waterways.


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A Jacksonville committee on vehicles-for-hire ended its tenure with little agreement on how to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft.

It could be weeks before the committee drafts recommendations for the City Council.


Uber and Lyft

The Jacksonville City Council is currently debating how and whether ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft which have disrupted the traditional taxicab model here in North Florida.

City Councilman Matt Schellenberg is chair of that body’s Vehicles for Hire Committee

He joins us to discuss the issue.


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Some of Jacksonville’s ride-for-hire drivers are calling out Uber and the city for prioritizing certain cars.

And they are bringing their gripe to City Council.

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The Florida Legislature failed to pass statewide regulations for ride-hiring companies like Uber. Now, the Jacksonville City Council is picking up where it left off.

But city officials are taking a far stricter approach.


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Jacksonville voters will not be able to decide whether local elected officials can have more time in office. That’s after the Jacksonville City Council unanimously voted to withdraw a bill Tuesday night.

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