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January 14, 2016

Tampa Uber drivers protest cut in pay

Since Uber began operating in the Tampa Bay area 21 months ago, it’s been essentially a love affair among drivers, passengers, and most lawmakers, who have battled with the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission and the taxi industry to promote the “disruptive” and innovative form of transportation. That love affair is ending on the part of […]

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Competing high-school athletics bills moving in Senate

Hours after the House moved its own legislation reining in the state’s oversight body for high school athletics, the Senate on Thursday heard its own versions, moving forward two competing reforms. The PreK-12 Education Committee, chaired by GOP state Sen. John Legg, approved both SB 1026 and SB 684, both aimed at changing the way the Florida High School Athletic Association […]

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House OKs priorities for Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner

The state House of Representatives knocked out three pieces of priority legislation Thursday, sending two measures — a wide-ranging water policy bill and an education bill expanding scholarships to students with disabilities — to the governor. “I think this just sets the tone,” Senate President Andy Gardiner said after the House adjourned Thursday. “I think you’re […]

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Big-name groups, leaders trumpet progress on legislative priorities

A major trio of political players at the Florida Capitol are happy with progress made Thursday on big-ticket priorities in the Legislature. The H2O Coalition, a water policy consortium affiliated with Associated Industries of Florida, applauded the further progress of what it calls comprehensive water reform in the Legislature. The praise comes after the House […]

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