Battle Continues to Play Out Over Education Law

Battle Continues to Play Out Over Education Law

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — More than 18 months after legislators passed a controversial education law pushed by then-House Speaker Richard Corcoran, attorneys for the state and 11 county school boards are continuing to battle in court about whether the measure violates the Florida Constitution. Attorneys for the state this […]

Florida Continues Record Tourism Pace

Florida Continues Record Tourism Pace

Buoyed by tourists from other parts of the United States, Florida drew an estimated 30.7 million visitors during the third quarter of 2018, according to numbers released Monday by the tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida and Gov. Rick Scott’s office. That was a 10.1 percent increase over the same period in 2017 and kept Florida on […]

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 […]

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