Bills allowing overnight stays in ambulatory surgery centers, direct primary care agreements ready for House floor

The House Health and Human Services Committee sent bills that would allow direct primary care agreements and overnight stays in

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Senate panel OKs beer bill — that beer companies hate

A bill that—as one beer-company insider put it—could allow theme parks to “extort” advertising dollars out of them cleared a

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House committee OK’s proposal to keep BP oil funds in Northwest Florida

A House panel has approved legislation to make sure settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill stays in the

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Task Force wants money to fight encroachment on Florida military bases

Florida would place its military installations at risk of commercial encroachment — and, possibly, closure — without adequate funding for

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Tallahassee Democrat’s ‘capital idea,’ new Capital Team logo now reflects Tally

In what can be described as a “step in the right direction,” the folks at Gannett unveil its new, improved

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House panel votes to undo post-financial meltdown food stamps expansion

The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to take food stamps away from 229,000 Floridians, including 157,000 children and 44,000 elderly

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Senate passes fix to “stand your ground” law

The Florida Senate has passed a change to the state’s “stand your ground” law that would make it easier for

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Travis Hutson’s redistricting bill moves to Senate 3rd reading calendar

SB 352, a Travis Hutson bill intended to streamline the handling of redistricting cases in state courts, moved from the special

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Capitol Reax: AOB reform, workers compensation, medical marijuana, gun bills

The House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee approved an assignment of benefits reform bill Tuesday. The bill links fees to pre-litigation

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House budget panel votes to get tougher on public contributions to pro teams

A bill that would ban professional sports teams from building or refurbishing stadiums on public land passed the House Appropriations Committee

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Senate committee passes bill allowing free state park access to foster families

Legislation requiring the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to give free access to the state’s parks for foster families was

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Committee hearing delayed on Anitere Flores’ tax swap legislation

A committee test turned into an anticlimax Wednesday for a Senate bill that would trade a tax break for insurance

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American Surgeons warn House against latest salvo in Florida’s resurgent Eyeball Wars

Tallahassee has once again found itself in the thick of a renewed Eyeball Wars between optometrists and ophthalmologists. And no

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Capitol Reax: Uber, Lyft, PCI, and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions sound off on the day’s news

The Senate Banking & Insurance Committee approved a bill to regulate transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft. The bill

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AOB reform passes House subcommittee, but it wasn’t pretty

The Legislature has been arguing over assignment of benefits reform for years, to no avail. Tuesday, Tampa Republican James Grant

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‘Religious expression in public schools’ ready for full Senate vote

Legislation that could extend the concept of religious expression in public schools cleared its second and final Senate committee, and

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Rick Scott rallies allies for VISIT FLORIDA

With VISIT FLORIDA chief Ken Lawson acting as hype man, Gov. Rick Scott held a Tuesday rally inside the Florida Capitol

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House committee rejects attorney-fee amendment, OKs workers’ comp bill

The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee voted Tuesday narrowly against requiring workers to pay their own attorney fees in disputes

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House committee OK’s bill requiring septic tank inspection during home sales

A bill that would require septic tanks to be inspected when a home sells advanced through its first House committee

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Bill allowing overnight ambulatory surgery stay clears Senate committee

A bill allowing patients to stay overnight in ambulatory surgery centers cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday with a 4-1

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House ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ bill clears another panel — barely

The House “whiskey & Wheaties” bill has limped out of another committee with a one-vote margin. And that was after its

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Senate committee recommends Glenn Sutphin for Veteran Affairs director

The Senate Committee on Military and Veteran’s Affairs, Space and Domestic Security recommended Glenn W. Sutphin, Jr. as the executive

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Religious expression legislation slated for Tuesday committees in House, Senate

Legislation that could extend the concept of religious expression in public schools will have committee hearings in the Florida House

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Is House splitting the difference over the whiskey & Wheaties bill?

After the “whiskey and Wheaties” bill nearly whiffed in the House, a new twist was filed Monday evening. A proposed amendment

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Committee recommends Jeffrey Bragg for Secretary of Elder Affairs

After a lengthy question and answer session, a Senate panel unanimously recommended to confirm Jeffrey Bragg as Florida’s Secretary of

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Mother of Facebook Live suicide teen may have taunted her while watching

In a twist to a horrible tragedy in Miami in January, a foster child who committed suicide live on social

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Kionne McGhee elected leader-designate of Florida House Democrats

House Democrats elected Kionne McGhee, a former prosecutor whose challenges as child included poverty, the murder of two family members,

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Florida Competes says anti-discrimination bill would boost state economy by $5B

Bills to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would boost Florida’s economic output by more than $5

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