House Speaker Oliva: Florida Health Care “Behind the Curve”

House Speaker Oliva: Florida Health Care “Behind the Curve”

By Christine Sexton, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Have no doubt: new House Speaker Jose Oliva wants to expand access to health care by expanding the scope of practice for Florida nurses. He also wants less government regulation in Florida’s health-care delivery system and more free-market principles. Oliva, though, denies that reconfiguring the […]

New Senate President Promises “Civility, Transparency”

New Senate President Promises “Civility, Transparency”

TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Bill Galvano became president of the Florida Senate on Tuesday, promising to leave a contentious election behind and to promote a more civil discussion of issues facing the nation’s third-largest state. Galvano, a 52-year-old Republican lawyer from Bradenton, told the 40-member Senate there is little he can do “to stem the tide […]

Election Changes Eyed as 2018 Results Finalized

Election Changes Eyed as 2018 Results Finalized

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After months of mudslinging, weeks of court wrangling and days of ballot counting that again landed Florida in an unwelcome national spotlight, a state panel matter-of-factly finalized the 2018 election results in a five-minute meeting Tuesday. The certification came on time, but problems with other […]